Praise for The Great Jeff:
A Curbed Best Kids Book of 2019
*"...an exquisitely moving yet completely age-appropriate dive into a kid's experience of impoverishment."—BCCB, starred review
"Jeff's search to understand himself and the harsh world around him is breathtaking."—Patricia Reilly Giff, author of Newbery honor winners Pictures of Hollis Woods and Lily's Crossing
"In a body of stellar work, The Great Jeff may be Abbott's finest."—Nora Raleigh Baskin, award winning author of Anything But Typical, Ruby on the Outside, and Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story
"A moving, realistic coming-of-age tale."
"...a hopeful coming-of-age story that portrays the challenges of poverty in a realistic and relatable way."—Booklist
"A powerful and realistic story of a boy coming of age with a family in crisis."—School Library Journal
"For fans of Firegirl, this follow-up is a must-read...this novel is a solid addition to any library."—School Library Connection
Praise for Firegirl:
* "Tom's connection to Jessica changes his perspective on himself, his peers and friendship, and underscores the reward of reaching out to another.... This novel maybe be brief, but it leaves a big impact."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "This isn't the usual book about adjustment to differences; instead, Abbot brilliantly explores the kids' struggle to manage this intrusion of abnormality into their lives.... An understanding yet thought-provoking novel."
—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review
"A touching story of friendship that is easy to read yet hard to forget."
—School Library Journal
"In this poignant story, readers will recognize that even by doing small acts of kindness, people stand to gain more than they lose."