"... a poignant coming of age story with a twist ... Kerbel is a great writer. With a writing style that is familiar but distinctive at once. She gives a taste of what's there but keeps you wanting more and more. Overall, this novel was a very well done and extremely original. I hope to rad more of Kerbel soon enough."
(Kelsey, Reading Keeps You Sane)
Like Mackenzie herself, readers are sure to fall under the spell of Jerusalem and its many charms as the author adroitly conveys a sense of the land, its people and its rich history. While she depicts the tension and the ever-present threat of violence simmering near the surface of ordinary life, she also captures the awesomeness of its ancient ties
(Lisa Doucet Canadian Children's Book News
A good contemporary tale, with an exceptionally fine setting for 12-15 year-old readers.
(Winnipeg Free Press
This book deals with challenging and topical material in a manner appropriate for the young adult audience. The protagonist is honest and na which makes her a good avenue to explore Jewish and Muslim religious traditions, relationships with family and friends, and the sweetness of first love. Patricia Jermey
The novel was a great read; I enjoyed learning a little more about this region, people and culture through the book. It was an insightful story.
(A Cozy Reader's Corner
About the Author
Deborah Kerbel is the co-author (with her father, Gordon Pape) of the Quizmas books of family Christmas trivia. She is also a writer, editor, and researcher specializing in financial and consumer matters with articles in the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star. She has appeared on television and radio. She lives in Thornhill, Ontario.