New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age WINNER
YALSA Best Books for Young Adults WINNER
"Do yourself a favor and become acquainted with Emile LaBauve… a cross between Huck Finn & Oliver Twist, with south Louisiana accent and a backwoods attitude… There’s a major talent at work here."
–The Denver Post
"[A] short and expert first novel… not only funny but infused with Wells’s deep love of Cajun patois."
–The New York Times Book Review
"[An] endearing debut"
–The Washington Post Book World
"Wells makes a lively fiction debut with this affectionate slice of Louisiana bayou life… Meely’s Cajun-spiced charisma never flags."
"[Meely is] a cross between Huck Finn and Oliver Twist, which a South Louisiana accent and a backwoods attitude….There’s a major talent at work here."
"Often laugh-out-loud funny [but] Wells has carved a sincere and courageous portrait of a boy becoming a man."