Once upon a time in the North.
CM Magazine - December 18, 2009
"Readers are on a wilderness trek which is so clearly described it seems just metres away…A wonderful tale which will appeal to both male and female young adult readers…Highly recommended."
School Library Journal - April 1, 2010
"Bell beautifully captures the natural world through descriptions of the mountainous terrain as well as nail-biting encounters with bears and wolves. Rachel is a smart, resourceful narrator who nevertheless struggles with the challenges nature throws her way, as well as balancing her own needs and those of her dog…This book will appeal to readers looking for an outdoor adventure, though it's a quieter, more contemplative read.
ALAN's Picks - January 1, 2010
"The narrative structure…weaves together several strands of past, present, and fantasy to create a rich portrait of a young woman on the brink of adulthood. The setting is vividly described throughout, with rich local color and concise details about the flora and fauna of the Yukon. The novel also earns high marks for its sensitive treatment of depression and family life."
TriState YA Book Review - March 1, 2010
"The descriptions of Alaska are poetic. The writing style is sublime...Will appeal to readers of all ages."
Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Media - November 1, 2010
"The writing is suspenseful as Rachel and Brooks deal with bears, wolves, and other dangers, yet it is also whimsical with fairy tales woven in, juggling, poems, and the beauty of the Yukon. Recommend for both school and public libraries."