An ALA "2004 Best Book for Young Adults"
An ALA "2004 Notable Children's Book"
A "Kirkus 2003 Editor's Choice"
An Amazon.com "Editor's Pick" title
A Parents' Choice 2003 Gold Award Winner
A School Library Journal "Best Book"
"Evocative" --Publishers Weekly, starred
"Beautifully written" --School Library Journal, starred
"Stunningly beautiful" --Kirkus Reviews, starred
"[H]eart-rending. . . . Kimberly Willis Holt...has created an endearing, complicated narrator in Isabel; she manages to sound both lyrical and like the eighth grader she is." --New York Times Book Review
"Holt's plain, direct prose belies the deep pain the narrator feels as she tries to understand her mother's life and death." --Bookpage
"Beautifully written, this tale reaches into the heart of Guam and touches gold." --Seattle Times
"[E]xtended families, unhurried lives, the wisdom of elders, the individual quirks and eccentricities and the deep love holding up the surface of everyday life will all be familiar to readers of Holt's previous work." --Times Picayune