Starred review, Publishers Weekly, December 3, 2007:
"Grabs readers from the beginning and doesn't let go." Starred review, Booklist, January 1, 2008:
"Everything rings true here, the family relationships, the quirky connections of
Ted's mental circuitry, and, perhaps most surprisingly, the mystery." Starred review, Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2007:
"This is a well-constructed puzzle, and mystery lovers will delight in connecting the clues." Starred review, School Library Journal, February 2008:
"A dense mystery tied together with fully fleshed out characters and a unique narrator." Starred review, The Horn Book, May/June 2008:
"The best mysteries have at their centers gifted but very human sleuths--their abilities balanced by equally significant flaws or idiosyncrasies. This one is no exception."
About the Author
Siobhan Dowd was named one of the "top 100 Irish-Americans" for her global anti-censorship work with the writers’organization PEN America. Siobhan Dowd’s novels include A Swift Pure Cry
, for which she was named a Publishers Weekly
Flying Start author, and Bog Child
. She died in August 2007 from breast cancer.