"HiYA! Pow! I feel like every page in this book is either heart-warming or really twisted. It's so sweet but also whoa-you-never-saw-that-coming like. Lovely!"
"Chiavetta avoids showing autism as either an entirely crippling illness or a special gift in and of itself. Mendel has autism and he has to learn ways of coping with the world . . . It becomes one aspect of who he is, not the sole defining quality of an inquisitive and inventive young man.”
“[The humans] accept the intelligence of the ‘canny' creatures—the many reasoning beings that share their world, from snake-like gusslesnuffs to carnivorous horses and talking rabbits . . . and these beings, in turn, are willing to speak and form friendships with the humans . . . It is an unusual picture of harmony, all the stronger for being an understated part of the story.”
"A rather dashing adventure from a new voice in the Middle Grade Fantasy arena that appears to have staying power.”