"Great cast of characters, lots of cool puzzles and mysteries. This book reminded me of some of the better children's books I grew up with, like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
and The Phantom Tollbooth
"Begins with a bang... resembles the otherwordly experience of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Fans of Roald Dahl or Blue Balliett will find a familiar blend of kid power, clues, and adventure."
—School Library Journal, starred review
"Tackles personal concerns: abandonment, family, loyalty, and facing one's fears."
—Booklist, starred review
"Dashes of mild humor and introspection rest on a solid base of suspense, mystery, and well-rounded characters, making this a satisfying dish for readers of varying tastes."
—The Bulletin, starred review
"Do not miss this one. Buy two copies because they will be needed."
"Real flashlight under the bedclothes material... this story flies past, thrilling us as it goes."