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Book Guides and Reviews

Excerpts from reviews of Operation Oleander. . .


"Full of detail about Army life, Patterson's elegant prose brings readers deep inside Jess's conflicted point of view and the many stresses she is under, as she reevaluates her role as a member of a military family." --Publisher's Weekly


Excerpts from reviews of The Other Side of Blue. . .

“[I]n her memorable first-person voice, filled with the minute observations of a young artist, Cyan sketches out with believable detail the beautiful setting, the unspoken family tension, and her fragile recovery of hope after loss.” Gillian Engberg, Booklist 10/15/2009

“There’s a smoothness and clarity here that recall Zibby Oneal or Frances O’Roark Dowell, and fans of those writers as well as readers drawn by family dramas with a bit of mystery will relish a sojourn on the island with Cyan." Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, November 2009.

Brie Shannon and I traveled to Curaçao to photograph some of the locations mentioned in The Other Side of Blue. 

Willemstad, Curaçao
Kokada--Cyan's favorite coconut treats
A beautiful beach in Curaçao.