Readers ... will be rewarded with an aptly dark ending that gives the book extra emotional weight.
School Library Journal
Nelson crafts an engaging story about two boys struggling to survive … Readers looking for a gritty story about true friendship and the consequences of one’s actions will enjoy this offering.
A smartly plotted examination of the despair that keeps people in their places and the hope that pulls them out of it.
This is [Nelson’s] most serious novel so far and one that deserves acclaim.
Winnipeg Free Press
Blood Brothers will have huge appeal to both male and female young adult readers … Thought-provoking yet entertaining.
For Jakub and Lincoln, whose voices Colleen Nelson asserts both honestly and compassionately through those strides and missteps, it's their brotherhood that walks with them, leaving its own footprints.
Can Lit for Little Canadians
Nelson’s gritty new novel…skillfully explores moral dilemmas and difficult decisions.
Canadian Children's Book News