Constance on goodreads said:
Gorgeous writing–understated and filled with humor and honesty. Compelling characters. This is a coming of age story of a girl growing up in the Kentucky hills who can’t wait to escape her small town and see the world. Best children’s book I’ve read this year and Newbery worthy.
Cristine Irvin on Kidsreads said:
There is something magical about the way Fawcett tells this story. She draws you in and makes you want to know more. TO COME AND GO LIKE MAGIC is a middle-grade novel that will appeal to a variety of audiences. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, and I think you will, too.
From The Reading Zone:
The vignette style serves this book well. The story flows well without seeming disjointed. At the same time, the reader is able to move through time with Chili without getting bogged down in mundane details. The vignettes reminded me a lot of The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros.
Sherry at Semicolon said:
To Come and Go Like Magic is a good, gentle, dare I say sweet, story about growing up in the hills of Kentucky and trying to figure out life while living it and listening to all the voices around you giving you all kinds of different advice. Chileda Sue finally charts her own course, concluding, “I can leave Mercy Hill, but Mercy Hill won’t ever leave me.”
From Sacramento Book Review (Himashi from Mrs. Johnston’s class at Art Freiler School) said:
I really enjoyed this book. It was captivating and easily understandable. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes adventure.
From Beth (King County Library System, Issaquah, WA) said:
The author has skillfully drawn a portrait of 1970’s Appalachia (including snips of the VISTA program as seen from the point of view of the “recipients”–the Mercy Hill residents) and its inhabitants, employing insightful vignettes to propel the reader’s (and Chili Sue’s) understanding of life in and out of the ofttimes dreary coal country.
From The Kiddosphere:
This is an excellent coming-of-age novel set in Appalachian Kentucky during the 1970s. Not quite YA, but in the older age range of our children’s collection.
From Book Spot:
Told in vignettes that remain true to the sequence of time, a reader has a chance to see another way of life, an extended family that takes in all members, and most certainly one unique and well realized character. A truly beautiful book that brings to life a world that lies not too far in the past.
Many THANKS to all for reading, writing, and finding something special to say!