Canadian Children's Book News - April 1, 2009
"A fine read. The plot unfolds episodically but smoothly - with both action and humour...The real strength is Brandon's completely authentic voice."
School Library Journal - February 1, 2009
"The kind of book that might well appeal to boys who are having trouble in school, but trying to find other ways to make a difference in the world. The author's simple, unadorned style makes it a good choice for reluctant readers."
VOYA - February 1, 2009
"In his funny and touching novel, Schmidt thoughtfully crafts characters to whom readers will relate. The book's tone is frank when dealing with serious issues yet retains a certain innocence."
The Bookmark (BCTLA) - February 1, 2009
"A rewarding story credibly anchored in the realism of school procedures established by the author... Highly recommended."
CBC Radio's All Points West - December 11, 2008
"Tremendous fun to read... truly heartwarming."
Resource Links - December 1, 2008
"A novel about growing up and putting others first. The characters are both endearing and realistic."
CM Magazine - November 21, 2008
"With his debut novel, René Schmidt gives voice to the children who fall through the cracks, whose struggles go unnoticed, whose responsibilities deprive them of the luxuries of childhood...An engaging read that teachers will love to discuss with their students. Recommended."