Reviews written by Kim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer

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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...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   October 29, 2016
(Updated: October 29, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

The Memory of Things

It's so true when they say you'll always remember where you were on 9-11. I was a first grade teacher at that time. When I got to work, a team teacher told me what had happened in NYC. I didn't believe her until I saw the one tower...

Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   October 16, 2016
(Updated: October 31, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

Bang Bang I Hurt The Moon

What worked: Younger brother Nicholas plays as if he's shooting a gun. He points it at his older brother Charlie, who tells him that their mother doesn't like when he does that. Then Nicholas shoots the moon and the consequences follow. I love that this book addresses...

Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   October 12, 2016
(Updated: October 13, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

My Dad Is A Clown/ Mi Papá Es Un Payaso

What worked: I'm a huge fan of books show diversity in families. In MY DAD IS A CLOWN, readers see a young boy who is proud of the occupations of both of his dads. One of them, Pascual, is a doctor and the other one is a...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   September 26, 2016
(Updated: September 26, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Beast

What worked: I totally fell in love with this book. There are so many feels in this story-first love; breaking stereotypes; belief in yourself; and the power of love. This is a loosely retelling of the fairy tale BEAUTY AND THE BEAST only the beast is fifteen-year-old Dylan...

Young Adult Nonfiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   September 18, 2016
(Updated: September 18, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

Being Jazz

What worked: I really loved this insight into the life of a transgender teen. The first time I heard of Jazz Jennings was when she was interviewed by Barbara Walters. Her story is filled with hope for other teens out there that are transgender. A huge plus...

Young Adult Fiction
Kim Baccellia, Staff ReviewerKim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer   September 18, 2016
(Updated: September 20, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Black Flowers, White Lies

Ella still believes her dead father looks out for her. But her mother and BFF don't believe in the paranormal. Ella's mother quickly remarries and estranged son of her new stepfather shows up. Around this time strange things happen to Ella like a hand print...

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