"Sam and Riddle are wonderfully appealing characters that readers will root for....A highly suspenseful read with a dynamic, cinematic quality that keeps the pages turning to the satisfying conclusion."
"Holly Goldberg Sloan crushed my heart, accelerated its beat, and then lit my chest aflame. I'll Be There reminds us that empathy is an extremely powerful force, and perhaps our most beautiful."
"Heartbreaking, suspenseful, life-affirming, magical--and yet unlike anything I've ever read."
"A fascinating glimpse of life at the very edge of society: thrilling, romantic, and so suspenseful I had to peek at the end. Sam and Riddle are two of the most compelling and original characters to come along in ages."
"The fine but sturdy threads of connection in this story are woven into an intricate web of people, places, time, and love, holding Sam and Riddle's world together, as they do all of ours."
"Sloan creates an entire world here--inhabited by fascinating characters, overflowing with connection, hope, humor and affection. A poignant love story on many different levels."
"A phenomenal hold-your-breath read. Sloan has created a heart-thumping adventure out of love, loyalty, brotherhood and tragedy and has given readers a touching, unforgettable journey."
* "Any reader who has ever questioned whether even the smallest gesture of kindness can make a difference will appreciate this book....This riveting story will keep readers interested and guessing until the end."
Praise for Just Call My Name:"Immensely satisfying, heartfelt, and lyrical.... A truly compelling novel.... Sloan succeeds in skillfully combining the tenderness of young love, various distinct voices, and fast-paced action."—School Library Journal
"Strong dialogue and genuine emotional concern...make this a heart-warming novel.... Definitely a book worth the read."—VOYA
"Lively, tender, and satisfying."—The Horn Book
"[Delivers] an ultimately hopeful message about how friendships and families can form. Sure to be savored by fans of the first installment."—Kirkus Reviews
Praise for I'll Be There:
A 2012 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Book
A 2011 Los Angeles Public Library Best of YA Book
A 2011 Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book
A Colorado Blue Spruce Book Award Nominee
A South Dakota Young Adult Reading Program Book
A Connecticut Teen Nutmeg Award Nominee
A Washington Evergreen YA Book Award Nominee
A Missouri Gateway Award Nominee
A Holland Golden List Award Winner
* "[A] life-affirming exploration of the subtleties of love, compassion, and relationships....Like the song it was named for, this book is hard to get out of your head."—The Horn Book, starred review
* "Any reader who has ever questioned whether even the smallest gesture of kindness can make a difference will appreciate this book....This riveting story will keep readers interested and guessing until the end."—SLJ, starred review
* "Sloan builds characters rich with depth and realism....A terrific read, quick to capture the audience, this book will make readers sing the melody in their hearts."—VOYA, starred review
Sam and Riddle are slowly adjusting to a newly stable environment, having found a home with the Bell family after narrowly escaping their murderous father's intents (I'll Be There, 2011).Though the boys are now separated from their father, this sequel explores the ongoing impact of the years of abuse. Twelve-year-old Riddle is largely illiterate, and 17-year-old Sam has had little formal schooling, leaving him uncertain about his future despite his intellect and musical talents. Fear of burdening their loved ones coupled with a strong desire to protect them makes the boys reluctant to share their concerns. Riddle hides his deep terror that his father will return, an event he believes is inevitable, while Sam conceals his anxieties about being labeled an academic failure. Consequently, miscommunications develop, most notably straining Sam's genuinely deep romantic connection with Emily Bell. Witnessing the unraveling of the strong emotional ties that were forged in the previous book is difficult. But when Sloan take something away, she replaces it, and several secondary characters who begin the story with less-than-admirable motivations are redeemed in the end, delivering an ultimately hopeful message about how friendships and families can form.Sure to be savored by fans of the first installment. (Fiction. 12-18)