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Wacko Academy

3.33  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Winner of the Bronze Medal, Moonbeam award for authors under 18.  You think your school is bad?  Eighth grader Lily Mason has enough hassles dealing with siblings, cranky teachers and the cute new guy in school.  But when she's kidnapped and brought to the elite Wackerson (Wacko) Academy, it will take all of her smarts and courage to outwit the school's treacherous owner - eve ...more
Paperback, 198 pages
Published April 2nd 2012 by Arundel Publishing (first published February 21st 2012)
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Gina (My Precious Blog)
To begin with, this story was penned by a 14 year old girl, that in itself is quite an accomplishment. The intended audience is, no surprises here, middle grade readers. I don't fall into this target audience and as a direct result I think the story fell flat for me, lacking subtance. Unfortunately, the book struggled to capture my interest or demand my attention. Sadly, I found myself not caring about the characters or their plight. I couldn't seem to feel anything for the characters, unable to ...more
Bobbi's Reads
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Avoid reading this - it's a cliffhanger with a 2nd book (also a cliffhanger,) and then no follow up book planned to be published. The story became increasingly hard to believe, which is probably why the author abandoned completing the series.
Jan 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice YA book for the age range
Mar 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Imaginative, unique and impossible to put down, Wacko Academy by Faith Wilkins is a story not-to-be-missed by young readers as well as adults.

Okay, I must admit that when I heard Ms. Wilkins wrote this at the age of fourteen, I was beyond intrigued. I also knew that I had to read her story. Settling in, I began reading with no expectations or idea of what was in store. Once I began reading, I did not want to stop. Ms. Wilkins draws the reader in from the very beginning and holds them
Gabs {My Full Bookshelf Reviews}
This review (and others) can be found on My Full Bookshelf Reviews

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Arundel Publishing and Edelweiss.

This book started out great. For around the first half of the book, I was sure this book would be getting a four star review AT LEAST from me. And all of the sudden, the book became kind of strange.

But before I get to that, I will talk about what I liked. First, Lily. I loved her character!/>I
Stephanie Cover2CoverBlog
Apr 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, early-review
Background: In her eighth grade year, Lilith meets a young boy who is both interesting and interested in her. They have a great time together and all is well, until one day Lily is kidnapped and brought to the Wackerson Academy, a school of boot camp, a scientific center that may be experimenting on people and you learn how to kick butt in preparation for something. Will Lily be able to survive in this weird place or will she be able to make it home to her friends, family, and normal school. ...more
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: middleschool kids, students, adventure fans, preteens
I was so impressed when I read this book, even though I'm no longer in the age range for this novel, just by how very well written it was. Being a published author as young as Faith is, it's an incredible accomplishment in it's own right but the book is just an awesome escape. I wish I had been able to read this in place of all the less-than-amazing things I read in middle school. There are some improvements that could be made in plot and characterization, but she runs circles around her peers i ...more
May 10, 2012 rated it liked it
If this mystery/kidnapping/evil genius story were written by an adult, I would be much more critical. However, since it was, in fact, written by a middle school student, I will compliment the publishing accomplishment rather than focus on the weak and fairly amateurish writing. I've had a few students read and enjoy it, so I guess they can look past what seems glaring to me. It's got some action, suspense and mild romance. Expect a sequel.
Carrie Ardoin
I read almost 40 percent of the book and had no idea what was going on. The main character was kidnapped and brought to a special school, but it's not told what exactly they are trying to do with her. So many questions she should have asked that didn't get answered...I appreciate that someone so young wrote this, but I just couldn't get into it.
Courtney Rose Sampson
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
i couldnt put it down. read it in one good sitting. inspired by how young she is. very admirable
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Faith Wilkins is the award winning 16 year-old author of the exciting, new Wacko Academy series. She has been writing poems and short stories since the age of seven. A well-rounded and dynamic young woman, Faith loves music, plays the violin, and sings in a local choral group. She attends high school in New York's Hudson Valley.
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