BookLinx - January 30, 2012
"A good addition to the hi/lo collection, this fast paced story raises social issues that relate to school and international social issues...Humor contributes to an enjoyable read and use as a possible book discussion with groups."
Tacoma School District #10 - January 5, 2012
"A great lesson about standing up for what you believe."
The Horn Book Guide - September 1, 2010
"Walters explores an interesting topic."
TeensReadToo.com - May 23, 2010
"Walters uses Branded to raise awareness of a terrible social issue. Sweatshops are the subject of news broadcasts and articles, but until the products of these companies touch us directly, we tend to turn a blind eye. Teens will be interested in watching Ian as he struggles to make sense of opposing views on the subject and how adults often preach one thing and then practice another."
School Library Journal - May 1, 2010
"The plot…moves quickly, making for a quick read. A good choice for libraries looking to add to their hi/lo collections."
Resource Links - April 1, 2010
"A thought-provoking story with engaging characters and a well-paced plot. Many readers will enjoy Branded simply as a good read but this novel would also suit a literature circle or discussion group."
CM Magazine - March 5, 2010
"Fast-paced and packed with thought-provoking questions as well as humour…The use of social media in organizing events and expressing opinions, as well as their shortcomings, could provoke interesting discussions on etiquette and the Internet…An inspiring and empowering read for youth living in the information age. Highly Recommended."