Reviews written by Kim Baccellia, Staff Reviewer

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July 04, 2022
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
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N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Echoes of Grace

Grace struggles to understand her gift of 'echoes' where she has visions that distort her past. One morning when tragedy hits, the echoes come full force. One of them has her remembering three years previously when she escapes after her mother's murder to Mexico. Once there she stumbles into the...

July 01, 2022 (Updated: July 04, 2022)
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Stealing Infinity

Natasha Clarke knows she should listen to her friend Mason's warning about beautiful, impulsive Elodie but she can't help herself. When one of their little trips to a club turns into something she doesn't expect, Nat finds herself at Gray Wolf Academy which has a mysterious purpose. One that...

June 28, 2022 (Updated: July 01, 2022)
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Youngblood

Kat Finn lives and works with mortals while barely making it on Hema, a synthetic blood substitute. She fantasizes about attending Harcote, an elite vamp boarding school, and goes behind her mother's back to apply. She's beyond excited when she's accepted. Even better she finds out an unknown benefactor...

June 26, 2022 (Updated: June 26, 2022)
Overall rating
 
4.3
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Learning Value
 
4.0
Kids Nonfiction
The Meaning of Pride

Colorful celebration of what Pride means shown through LGBTQA+ role models. This picture book starts with the historical background of some leaders who fought for their rights at Stonewall. There's a breakdown of what LGBTQA means. The book also shows how celebrities, sports figures,...

June 14, 2022 (Updated: June 15, 2022)
Overall rating
 
3.0
Plot
 
3.0
Characters
 
3.0
Writing Style
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Dead Flip

What worked: Stranger Things meets Stephen King. Only in this novel, it's a twelve-year-old boy who gets sucked into a supernatural pinball machine. There are tons of late 80s/early 90s references throughout this novel. Basically, though it's a novel about friendships and what one would do to help a friend...

June 06, 2022 (Updated: June 08, 2022)
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
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N/A
Young Adult Fiction
The Summer of Bitter and Sweet

Lou is biracial-half white and half Metis/Michif and works the summer at her uncle's ice cream shack. She just broke up with Wyatt and wonders why she didn't feel anything whenever they were together. Add to this her biological father has just been released from prison and is insisting on...

June 02, 2022 (Updated: June 02, 2022)
Overall rating
 
4.3
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
A Phoenix First Must Burn

What worked: Engaging collection of fantasy short stories that celebrate Black girl protagonists. These stories include takes on historical past like Roanhorse's inspiration of an all Black settlement in the early 1900s. Other stories include Acevedo's twist on a slave rebellion in 1951 Hispaniola. There's also ones with witches...

May 28, 2022 (Updated: May 29, 2022)
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Girl Overboard

Izzy's not too excited to go on a Bermuda cruise with her family. While on deck she meets Jade, who is impulsive and livens up the otherwise boring cruise. Then Jade goes missing. Izzy tries to find out what happened to her friend, but no one will listen. Later, Izzy...

May 26, 2022
Overall rating
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
Learning Value
 
5.0
Sanctuary: Kip Tiernan and Rosie's Place, the Nation's First Shelter for Women

What worked: True story of Kip Tiernan and her message of compassion and empathy for the homeless. This story moved me so much. It starts when Kip was young and helped her grandmother in a soup station during the Great Depression. Kip learned from her grandmother to have compassion for...

May 25, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
The Weight of Blood

What worked: Chilling, horror story of racism, bullying, and what happens at a small town's first integrated prom. Jackson shows us a biracial teen who is bullied and who finds she has a secret power. Maddy's life includes a father who forces her to pray to be like the...

May 21, 2022 (Updated: May 24, 2022)
Overall rating
 
4.3
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
I Am the Ghost In Your House

Seventeen-year-old Pie isn't like any other girl. She's invisible. Pie and her mother have constantly been on the run. Because no one can see them, they live in others' houses unseen. Then one day her mother disappears, leaving Pie alone. When she overhears one of the residents mentioning a party,...

May 15, 2022 (Updated: May 16, 2022)
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Middle Grade Fiction
Yonder

Thirteen-year-old Danny Timmons looks up to Jack Bailey after he saved two children during a storm. But there's more to Jack than meets the eye. The author shows readers a multi-layered character whose secrets hide a truth about his father. Danny finds out that not all battles are won...

May 05, 2022
Overall rating
 
4.3
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
The Noh Family

After submitting a DNA test as a 'joke', eighteen-year-old Chloe Chang finds she's a match to a family in Korea. A family she didn't know about. What happens next is a whirlwind first-class trip to Seoul, Korea where she is introduced to the family of her dead father. At first,...

May 02, 2022 (Updated: May 03, 2022)
Overall rating
 
4.3
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
I Guess I Live Here Now

What worked: Fresh, exciting story set in Seoul, Korea. All the glory of Korean culture, food, and the countryside is shown in great detail. You can't help but be swept away! I'm a huge fan of K-dramas right now and this book gives readers this...

April 29, 2022 (Updated: April 30, 2022)
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Young Adult Fiction
Howl

What worked: Engaging horror tale of a teen who insists he was bitten by a monster and the fall-out that follows. I'm a huge fan of Hutchinson's books. This novel addresses sensitive topics like homophobia, disorder eating, gaslighting, and self-harm. But mostly it's a story that addresses the trauma of...

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