Kirkus Starred Review: “…well-paced narrative… shocking conclusion”

Posted March 6, 2017 on kirkusreviews.com – Link to post A lonely teen girl’s life is changed forever when she discovers horrifying secrets about her family. Fifteen-year-old Gemma has never left the place she calls home, an island off the coast of New Brunswick. Her father, an amateur scientist, tells her that it’s for her own good. But he’s too…

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Globe and Mail Review: ” gasp-worthy twists …beyond the boundaries of expectation”

Posted December 30, 2016 – Globe and Mail – Link to post The Darkhouse By Barbara Radecki Dancing Cat Books, 244 pages, $14.95 It turns out that the creepiest place to set a thriller is a remote island off the coast of New Brunswick. This is Toronto author Barbara Radecki’s debut and it’s a showstopper. Fifteen-year-old Gemma lives with her…

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CM: Canadian Review of Materials reviews THE DARKHOUSE

Posted in CM Magazine | Volume XXIII Number 27 | March 24, 2017 Link to post The Darkhouse by Barbara Radecki. Toronto, ON: Dancing Cat Books, 2016. Grades 8 and up / Ages 13 and up. Review by Chasity Findlay. ***½ /4 Excerpt: I turn around to check the rest of the room. Cardboard sheets like the ones I saw…

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Interview – The Varsity: A creative impulse is a “direct route to your higher self”

Author, actress, and UTM instructor Barbara Radecki on creative inspiration By Selena Mercuri; Published: 12:46 am, 16 January 2017 on thevarsity.ca (Link to post) Author Barbara Radecki is an accomplished actress and writer. Her new novel, The Darkhouse, is about Gemma, a young girl who discovers the dark truth about her identity and her father’s mysterious experiments. Radecki explains the…

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Interview – Talk to me #7 : Barbara Radecki, with daughters Stefanie and Michele

Posted May 2016 on DontTalktoMeAboutLove.org Where you learned to love.  Barbara: The easy answer is that I learned to love at home. I have loving parents and sisters and I grew up in a safe environment. But when I was a child, my parents were very busy and often away and my independence was both a natural character trait and…

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Interview: Coffee House Chat – January 10, 2017

(Posted on Facebook by DontTalktoMeAboutLove, January 10, 2017 Link to Post) #TheDarkhouse #CoffeeHouseChats #SailorNeptune Alex Risen and I are sitting down with a pensive Barbara Radecki, as she talks about acting, writing, and her penchant for very dark stories. CBC named her first novel, The Darkhouse, one of the five best YA novels of 2016. (And it was just launched…

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CBC Books panel recognizes THE DARKHOUSE as one of 15 great books for young readers in 2016

THE DARKHOUSE was chosen by CBC children’s book panel as one of 5 Great Young Adult Books in 2016. The list includes: The Darkhouse by Barbara Radecki Bad Girls of Fashion: Style Rebels from Cleopatra to La dy Gaga by Jennifer Croll, illustrated by Ada Buchholc Icarus Down by James Bow Aluta by Adwoa Badoe The Swan Riders by Erin…

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