Encouraging pre-publication responses for HOPE IN THE VALLEY!

In their starred review of my forthcoming novel Hope in the Valley (July 11), BookPage made my day with this quote:

Also,  my first kid reader — a 13-year-old boy — loved the novel

“‘I only got one hour of sleep,’ Asher confessed the next morning. ‘I finished the book.’ No endorsement could possibly equal that of a kid who stayed up all night reading. Such is the magic of a story well-told.”