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Kirkus Reviews (starred review), September 1, 2008

.... Booraem’s debut is an ever-surprising, genre-defying page-turner. Realistic characters deal with philosophical problems in vivid, flowing prose that is evocative and often funny. A sort of combination of witch-trial-era Salem and The Giver, this book offers a treat with nearly every page turn. (Fantasy. 10-14)

Kliatt (starred review), November 2008

.... Booraem's rich, intricate narrative is laced with enough humor to leaven the story, but it still takes its theme seriously. This is a fantasy novel that stands above the rest; it is fresh, original, and appealing and the kind of book you want to read again, just to spend more time with the characters.

~ Donna Scanlon, librarian, Lancaster County, Marietta, PA

Indiebound, Kids' Next: Inspired Recommendations for Kids from Indie Booksellers, Winter 2008-09

.... This is a marvelous tribute to change and creativity!

~ Kathy Carrigan, Harry W. Schwartz Bookshop, Brookfield, WI

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, January 2009

... Island, a creepy and restrictive world masquerading as a utopia, is as memorable as the intricately developed inhabitants. The pace is languorous and measured, mirroring the easy tranquility of life on Island before the satyr and the ways in which changes ripple slowly into permanence with folks as set in their ways as these. Two maps offer additional insight into the layout of Island, though the descriptions of the setting are so evocative that the maps are decorative enhancements rather than necessary guides.

The Horn Book, January/February 2009

.... Booraem’s Goatman is an endearing, anarchic figure, a gust of creative wildness in a controlled, Puritan-esque community that distances itself from the modern, gas- and electric-powered Mainland. An optimistic story about the importance of art (and its marketability), this also plays lightly with questions of language and naming; friendship and integrity, too, are notable themes. The novel’s humor and amiable tone make it a highly accessible but thought-provoking read.

~ Deirdre F. Baker


.... Avid readers in middle school and high school will enjoy a tale that combines magic with an almost puritanical culture.

School Library Journal, November 8, 2008

.... The setting and the dawning rebellion of the island’s inhabitants against tradition and conformity are well done. This novel, with certain plot points reminiscent of The Giver, will not appeal to all fantasy readers, but those who try it will find it has a style and charm of its own.

~ Sharon Rawlins, New Jersey State Library, Trenton

Booklist, November 15, 2008

.... Patient readers who like a little quirk in their fantasy will enjoy this stick-it-to-the-status-quo romp.

~ Ian Chipman