KIRKUS - Starred review - "With delicious, evocative writing, each character is lovingly depicted... Filled to the brim with optimism, friendship, and the joyous wonder of innate goodness- fabulous."
SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL - "...those who appreciate a character-driven, coming-of-age story will find much to love here. A poignant story that addresses serious topics... in a way that is ultimately hopeful."
"Great history of Alabama and its fabulous food!" —Fannie Flagg
MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW - "Unique and inherently fascinating, The Story of Alabama in Fourteen Foods is extraordinary and unreservedly recommended to the attention of anyone with an interest in the history and culinary culture of Alabama."
ALABAMA WRITERS FORUM - "The food satisfies but the fellowship she portrays is what really feeds the soul."
"Once You Know This reminds me of a flower blooming in the crack of a sidewalk. It's important, and it's special. Just read it." —Ali Benjamin, New York Times bestselling author of The Thing About Jellyfish BOOKLIST - "Written with finesse, this first novel offers hope that change is possible when driven by thought, determination, and resilience."
SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL - "a poignant and emotionally driven debut novel...likely to spark discussion." KIRKUS REVIEWS - "some readers may know Brittany's world well, others will find it surprising; all will appreciate the way Brittany's actions propel the resolution. Hard to take but ultimately hopeful." LITERARY CLASSICS - "an inspiring book for young readers with a powerful tale of courage and determination. Insightfully penned, Blejwas offers a message of hope that is sure to resonate."
HORN BOOK MAGAZINE - "The portrait of poverty is heartbreaking, but Brittany's story is ultimately uplifting...[she] gives many readers a compassionate glimpse into their own near-desperate lives and offers others a window into a world they may not really have seen or understood."