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."
"Great history of Alabama and its fabulous food!" —Fannie Flagg
"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."