NPR Best Book of 2020
"A must-purchase for libraries serving middle and high school readers. Highly recommended."
School Library Connection
"Particularly rich storytelling."
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"A great addition that explores an often misrepresented portion of readers."
School Library Journal
"A fresh and highly accessible contribution."
"These stories, each one a sweetly crafted gem, are like exquisite stops along the lesser-traveled roads that lead to-or away from-home places, those small towns and villages that serve not only as beginnings and endings, but more importantly as the very middles of our hearts. It's like getting off the interstate and just letting the road take you there. You won't be sorry."
Kathi Appelt, author of the Newbery Honor Book & National Book Award finalist The
"A rich, not to be missed collection that defies stereotypical images and reflects the actual diversity and economic realities of teens living in rural areas today."
Traci Sorell, author of the American Indian Youth Literature Award Honor Book and Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga