Young Adult Novelist
Michelle D. Kwasney
Reviews & Awards
2008 Kansas State Reading Circle
Recommended Reading List
2008 Cybils Nominee
"The dramatic ending is emotionally satisfying, the story is layered with insight . . .
and the author's pleasure in language is contagious, but this
novel's greatest strength is its indelible characters . . . Itch herself is a
quirky and endearing heroine . . . (her) coming-of-age is a rich and
satisfying journey." ~ School Library Journal
A "moving, believable story. Sympathetic, well-drawn characters . . ." ~Booklist
"Kwasney's characters are . . . fully fleshed and memorable." ~ Kirkus
"The story is so well written that 12-year-old girls won't be able to stop turning the pages."
~ Childrens Literature
• New York Public Library Best Book for the Teen Age
• NE Golden Sower Award nominee
• A Booksense Pick
• NCTE Reading Corner for Children recommendation
• ISLMA Conference Quick Pick for Junior High School
• VOYA Recommended Reading List
“(A) powerful first novel . . .” —Booklist
"A poignant and poetic voice . . . Thoughtful and affecting.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Kwasney’s debut novel sensitively and perceptively takes a familiar YA theme
and gives it heart . . .” —Publisher’s Weekly
“A sensitive and realistic coming-of-age story about personal loss, love, shame,
and complex family relationships . . .” —School Library Journal
“. . .(A) compelling account of a girl trying to fight her family’s destruction from within.”
—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“This plot-driven novel is a fast read for middle and junior high girls.”
—Voice of Youth Advocates
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