In an earlier post, I mentioned having been told that Surface Tension had apparently received a “cracker of a review”, but that I hadn’t yet seen it. I’ve now seen it, and a couple of others too, and am so thrilled with the response this book seems to be eliciting so far.
So this is a wholly self-serving post to gleefully report on those reviews and bombard you with my favourite pull-quotes from same.
#1 From Bookseller+Publisher:
Surface Tension is a wonderfully layered story—reading it is like being gradually immersed in a pool of water as each layer of the narrative slowly washes over you. The writing is so gentle that the mystery at the heart of this book is as much a surprise to the reader as it is to Cassie, our protagonist, when piece by piece it floats to the surface before her … There isn’t a dull moment in this book.
#2 From Kids Book Review:
This is most definitely on my list of favourite kids’ books so far this year.
Original, gripping, poetic, authentic – these are the words that spring to mind during and after reading Surface Tension, a book that kept me reading far longer than I should have at each sitting.
McKinlay – novelist, picture book author and poet – has created a stunning novel … I almost can’t wait for my toddler to grow up so I can share this one with her.
– Megan Blandford
For the complete review, visit Kids Book Review
#3 From the West Australian:
This well-plotted and engaging novel covers terrain not usually found in junior fiction, and will appeal to readers wanting something different, deep and satisfying. As well as writing for children, Meg McKinlay is a fine poet, and this is evident in the lyrical and accessible images that make Surface Tension such a pleasure to read.
For the complete review, visit writingWA.
#4 From The Book Griffin:
Meg McKinlay made me nostalgic for the days when I loved reading Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden … [the author] has done a wonderful job of inventing a fresh, original, suspenseful and intriguing story in Surface Tension, that will have you hooked to the very last page.
For the complete review, visit The Book Griffin.
And finally, my absolute favourite, which I think I can feel free to quote in its entirety, given that the ‘reviewer’ seems to make their living from a total disregard for copyright. This is taken from one of those sites which trawls the web for content and aggregates it into one place in an attempt to draw traffic and thereby earn $$$$ for doing absolutely nothing at all. In this case, the ‘writer’ seems to have lifted the Kids Book Review piece and jumbled it up a little to cunningly avoid detection (and coherence, it would seem). The results are very amusing, though. Behold:
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Thanks, “Mickey”. That one is going straight to the pool room.
And the next time someone asks me what I do for a living, I shall reply, enigmatically, “It is the words during which spout out to occupy itself”.