• "This is a brilliant book, full of history, mystery, and laughs. It reminded me of my small-town childhood, although my small town was never as delightfully weird as Norvelt"

    Dave Barry
  • "A bit of autobiography works its way into all of Gantos's work, but he one-ups himself in this wildly entertaining meld of truth and fiction by naming the main character . . . Jackie Gantos"

    Publishers Weekly
  • "Gantos, as always, delivers bushels of food for thought and plenty of outright guffaws"

  • "A fast-paced and witty read"

    School Library Journal