Reviewed by First Mate Keira

Title: Wacko Academy
Author: Faith Wilkins
Format: Ebook
Page Count: 201 pages
Grade Reading Level: Ages 12-14

Summary:  Eighth grader Lily Mason has plenty of drama in her life between school, family, and the cute guy she is crushing. But then she’s kidnapped and brought to the elite Wackerson (Wacko) Academy! They won’t let her leave and she’s forced to take classes, and although there are some perks to staying, Lily just wants to go home.

Why I started this book:

Saw it on Amazon and it kept popping up when I searched for teen books – last time I buy like that!


  • Evil genius school masquerading as a gifted student program. Good idea!


  • The story could use more exposition. It lacks details, intrigue, and depth. It’s the bones of a story and needs a little more fleshing out, as it were.
  • The wrong details are focused upon and the things readers want to know are left unexplained. Some areas are too long, others too short.
  • The timeline is rushed.

Last Minute Thoughts: Congrats to the author, who is said to be a teenager, on getting published.

Buy: Wacko Academy (Wacko Academy Series)

Rating: 2 Treasure Chests