In the hands of experienced writers Buffie [author of Winter Shadows] and Lohans, the shifts between past and present are easily navigated by readers. The brooch in Winter Shadows and the photograph in Picturing Alyssa both operate smoothly to convey characters through time and space. At first stricken with confusion, and then with growing understanding and control, these two protagonists are strikingly convincing within the suspension of disbelief conjured by good fantasy. Both books are highly recommended for ages 11 and up.
The Saskatoon Star-Phoenix
The strongest scenes of this book are those describing Alyssa's relationships with her family. Her interactions with her brother are realistic and touching as they both deal with their parents' neglect. The characters of the great-grandmother's family are well-drawn and their interactions with each other and with Alyssa are convincing.
...readers will connect with Alyssa and her increasing frustration with her home situation.
...an interesting read, pushing readers to think about ideas in our high-pressure, fast-paced society.
The Guelph Mercury
The author tells a gripping story and has the reader trying to solve the problems, and yet wondering how it could possibly work out.4 out of 5 stars.
The Lethbridge Herald