Reviews written by Kim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer

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Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   February 21, 2017
(Updated: February 21, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Dreamfall

Cata Cordova and some other teens suffer from severe insomnia. When there is an opportunity to be part of a test study that could help with her insomnia, she signs up. Little does she know that insomnia was the least of her worries. What worked:...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   February 18, 2017
(Updated: February 21, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

WANT

Jason Zhou lives in a futuristic society in Taipei, Taiwan, where pollution is everywhere. This affects not only the air but the food. The 'meis', or the people without money, die young while the 'yous', or the wealthy people, are able to benefit from their wealth. One way...

Young Adult Nonfiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   February 13, 2017
(Updated: February 17, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

Diary of A Tokyo Teen

What worked: This is a must-read for anyone fascinated with Japanese culture. Engaging, fun graphic novel version of a teen's travel guide through a summer in Japan. I really loved the photos and illustrations of some of the things the author encounters while in Japan. Some of...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   February 10, 2017
(Updated: February 10, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Waste of Space

A satirical look into a reality show set in Outer Space. Readers get a back seat into witnessing what really goes on behind the reality show Waste of Space, where ten teens are placed into a space ship and set off into space. Drama erupts along with a...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   February 05, 2017
(Updated: February 05, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

That Burning Summer

Sixteen-year-old Peggy finds a young Polish airman named Henryk in July 1940 off the southern coast of England. Henryk is suffering from anxiety and what would later be called PTSD. Peggy hides him in an abandoned church. Her younger eleven-year-old brother Ernest is obsessed with British war...

Kids Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   January 19, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

Fish Girl

I'm a huge fan of Donna Jo Napoli's novels especially her twists on classic fairy tales. I was really excited to receive a copy of her latest work. Fish Girl lives in a tank at a boardwalk aquarium. She's the main attraction but is told...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   January 11, 2017
(Updated: January 17, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

The Hidden Memory of Objects

Megan Brown is devastated after the death of her popular older brother Tyler. Worse though is the fact that he died of a drug overdose. Megan is determined to find the truth. In the meantime she finds that she has an ability to see past memories while...

Young Adult Indie
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   January 03, 2017
(Updated: January 06, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Plot/Story 
 
4.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
3.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
4.0

The Casquette Girls

Sixteen-year-old Adele Le Moyne returns to New Orleans after the hurricane of the century hits. Everything is in chaos including her home but when more people show up dead, unanswered questions circulate. What worked: The whole New Orleans backdrop adds flavor to this story where a girl finds...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   December 22, 2016
(Updated: December 29, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

Maid of the King's Court

Elizabeth Camperdowne's one main purpose in life is to marry well to help her family. When an opportunity to do this turns bad, she's sent to royal court as a maid of honour. She's drawn to another maid, Katherine Howard, her cousin. Elizabeth knows her place but...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   December 19, 2016
(Updated: December 21, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

Of Alice & The Aliens

It's been ten years since Earth has found proof of aliens. When the aliens send a message, most people freak out and fear the end of the world is coming. Almost eighteen-year-old Derek doesn't care and can't believe his luck when he hooks up with Jennifer Novak at...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   December 15, 2016
(Updated: December 17, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

In 27 Days

When Hadley Jamison finds out a fellow classmate, Archer Morales, committed suicide, she can't help but feel she could have stopped him. Then at the funeral she runs into Death who has a proposition for her. She has 27 days to stop Archer from killing himself. Hadley...

Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   December 12, 2016
(Updated: December 13, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
5.0
Learning Value 
 
5.0

Famous Fails!

What worked: This is a fun, quirky look at so-called mistakes, failures and what we can learn from them. I really loved the illustrations that went along with the mistakes throughout time. A huge bonus is how the author doesn't dwell on the failures but gives insight on...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   December 03, 2016
(Updated: December 03, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

A List of Cages

Adam Blake is excited that he lucked out with an easy elective class in which he serves as the aide to the school psychologist. Then he finds out that one of the students he’s supposed to help is ...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   November 06, 2016
(Updated: November 07, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Silver Stars

Just wowza. I'm a huge fan of FRONT LINES, the first book in the series. This series is an alternative history of what would have happened if women fought alongside men during WWII. SILVER STARS continues the story of three heroines who are WWII soldiers. ...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   November 01, 2016
(Updated: November 01, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Wolf by Wolf

Intriguing take on 'what would have happened if Hitler had won the war'. Add to that a wicked paranormal twist with a shapeshifter heroine who has the task to win a race and kill Hitler. What worked: This intriguing, fast paced alternative universe thriller grabbed my attention on...

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