Children's Author
Young Adult Novelist

Michelle D. Kwasney

Reviews & Awards


2008 Kansas State Reading Circle
Recommended Reading List

2008 Cybils Nominee

"The dramatic ending is emotionally satisfying, the story is layered with insight  . . . 
and the author's pleasure in language is contagious, but this
novel's greatest strength is its indelible characters . . . Itch herself is a
quirky and endearing heroine . . . (her) coming-of-age is a rich and 
satisfying journey." 
~ School Library Journal

A "moving, believable story. Sympathetic, well-drawn characters . . ."

 "Kwasney's characters are . . . fully fleshed and memorable." ~ Kirkus 

"The story is so well written that 12-year-old girls won't be able to stop turning the pages."
~ Childrens Literature

      Baby Blue

• New York Public Library Best Book for the Teen Age

• NE Golden Sower Award nominee

• A Booksense Pick

• NCTE Reading Corner for Children recommendation

• ISLMA Conference Quick Pick for Junior High School

VOYA  Recommended Reading List

“(A) powerful first novel . . .” —Booklist

"A poignant and poetic voice . . . Thoughtful and affecting.” —Kirkus Reviews  

“Kwasney’s debut novel sensitively and perceptively takes a familiar YA theme
and gives it heart . . .” —Publisher’s Weekly

“A sensitive and realistic coming-of-age story about personal loss, love, shame,
and complex family relationships . . .” —School Library Journal

“. . .(A) compelling account of a girl trying to fight her family’s destruction from within.”
—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“This plot-driven novel is a fast read for middle and junior high girls.”
—Voice of Youth Advocates

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