What Reviewers Say About The Raintree Rebellion
"Among the strengths of McNaughton's novel are the characters'
subtle, complex, shifting feelings about romantic love (how like real
youth and unlike most young adult novels!), the seriousness with which
she treats the power and solace of friendship, the unforced naturalness
of the young people's positive relationships with the adults in their
lives, and the depth of her commitment to enlightened politics. All
these qualities are startlingly rare in contemporary children's
fiction...Not only does McNaughton give full measure to young people's
intelligent involvement with the real world, she manages to make it
both exciting and moving, rather than moralistic. Blake Raintree is a
complicated, quietly inspiring heroine who will assuredly keep
resonating in readers' minds."
--Michele Landsberg, Quill and Quire, May 2006