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About the Author

Kim Baccellia has always been a sucker for the paranormal. She blames it on her families' love for such things such as having picnics at cemeteries, visiting psychics, and reading her mother's copies of the daily horoscope. She even had her own horoscope column in middle school, which was a big hit! Kim's other works include the poem, "My Father", which appears in the anthology Mind Mutations, published by The Sun Rising Press. Her essay about the adoption of her son, Finally, Our Turn, appeared in Adoptive Families magazine. Her YA multicultural fantasy, Earrings of Ixtumea, is published by Virtual Tales and available now at Amazon. A member of SCBWI, Kim is currently writing the sequel to CROSSED OUT. She's also putting the finishing touches on an upper MG fantasy No Goddesses Allowed. She lives in Southern California with her husband and son.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Lachesis Publishing (May 17, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1897562683
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897562680
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,254,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kim Baccellia was born in Sacramento, California and graduated with a BS degree in Elementary Education from BYU. She taught bilingual first grade for fifteen years in Los Angeles County school district. Her first book, "Earrings of Ixtumea," reflects her own desire for more diversity in children novels. Her other YA books include CROSSED OUT and NO MORE GODDESSES. Currently she's an editor for YA Books Central.

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Stephanie is a character I'd like for a friend. She is sassy, a little pessimistic and determined to do what she thinks is right - most of the time. I have always wondered about the people who made the crosses on the sides of the road. Now after reading this book I do think of them and look at them a whole lot differently then before. Of the male characters I can't really say I liked one more than the other. I pretty much connected with Stephanie the most. The air of tension and mystery had me turning the pages and I finished this book feeling satisfied. I give it a 4 out of 5 crosses.
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Stephanie Stewart has a secret. She sees dead people. Only crazy people see the dead, right? She won't tell anyone for fear she'll be sent to a counselor. Again. In her young adult novel, CROSSED OUT, Kim Baccellia weaves a tale of mystery and suspense guaranteed to keep the reader guessing. Every time I thought I'd figured out who everyone was and had separated the good guys from the bad guys, Ms. Baccellia threw in a surprise, a wonderfully delicious surprise, to send me down another path.

To help the dead find the light to Heaven, Stephanie paints crosses. Once the dead have crossed over, that should be the end of it. They're supposed to stay in Heaven. So why has Allison, a friend that Stephanie helped take the journey to eternal peace, returned? And why is she warning Stephanie to be careful? There's danger?

As if Stephanie doesn't have enough problems with the dead, she soon finds herself in a love triangle. Dylan, with his surfer body and broad shoulders, is her friend, not boyfriend, though he's acting otherwise. Mark, the gorgeous new boy in school, seems to have secrets of his own, and he's especially interested in Stephanie. There's something unsettling about Mark, however. Stephanie doesn't understand why she's both drawn to him and afraid of him at the same time. Which boy will she choose? Will he be the right one for her? And what do Dylan and Mark have to do with the dead?

Ms. Baccellia cleverly plants hints along the way that things are not always what they seem and people are not always what they claim to be. So come along for the ride. You'll be glad you did. The characters are well developed. There's plenty of tension, and the ending leaves us with the promise of more to come from Stephanie and her ghosts. I recommend this book for readers who enjoy mysteries and ghost stories (like me). You might not want to read it late at night, however, unless you leave on plenty of light. Looking forward to the sequel.
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Stephanie Stewart is not crazy, even though her parents send her to several shrinks and counselors. She "sees" dead people, and she has forty eight hours from when she sees them to find the location of their murder or death, plant a cross, and send them on their way.

She paints and designs her crosses in the garage, and she used to be in the "in" crowd, but ever since she started talking to the dead everyone keeps their distance, except for a few close friends. Dylan and she have known each other for ages, and he would make one great boyfriend. The problem is he doesn't know her secret.

The new guy at school is named Mark and something about him draws her to him. She knows he is bad, but she spends time with him anyway. She goes back between Dylan and Mark and the triangle contains elements of evil and teenage angst.

When a soul crosses over, that is usually the end of it. But Allison has returned and Stephanie doesn't know her role. Allison crossed over already but now she warns Stephanie of danger. To add to it, Stephanie's new counselor thinks a demon is after her. Stephanie will need all of her wits to figure out where to go and what to do, as well as figure out her boy troubles.

Crossed Out is a young adult paranormal thriller. The first work I have read from this author, I found it to be engaging and unique. Stephanie is a very likable character and the plot is unique and fresh. There were a few plot points that could have been fleshed out more to ease the understanding and confusion of the reader, but the destination arrival was satisfying and leaves off to allude to a sequel.
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In the past couple years I've read a ton of Urban Fantasy novels and I can't stress how important "voice" is in these novels. You have to feel like the main character is your best friend and you want her to overcome all of problems that arise. Ms. Baccellia has done a wonderful job of making Stephanie jump off the pages and gave her a quirky flaw. Eczema. Ha Ha. I know, right. It kind of reminded me of "Buffy" the movie, remember how she got cramps when a vampire was near...LOL. But it was great! When Stephanie's leg starts to itch, watch out!Oh, yeah, Stephanie also paints crosses to help with her ghost problems.

Now, on to the boys. There are two boys in this book. One is the mysterious new guy that is unbelievably hot, and the other is the best friend. Both are great, and totally pull you into the story. There is also a creepy shrink that has the same creepy cross painting obsession as Stephanie, which adds to the tensions and mystery.

I enjoyed this book. It had all the things I like: Boys, Mystery, Creepiness and Supernatural Ability!
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Ms. Baccellia has written a fast-paced paranormal mystery novel full of exciting moments.

Seeing dead people does not generally help get you into the in crowd in school, but Stephanie Stewart has more to worry about than what her friends thinks. Dead people seek her out for help crossing over to the other side. The help she gives them involves decorating a cross and placing it near the location the person died, as is often seen by roadside shrines where someone died in a car accident.

But there's even more at work in this supernatural thriller, because if Stephanie is not careful she could be the next one crossed out.

And of course, there is a romance, but even that is fraught with peril, because not everyone is as they seem.

An enjoyable book, especially for someone who loves ghost stories.
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