Eagar has a beautiful way with words. Her complex internal dialogues and descriptors allow readers to visualize, in minute detail, every physical and mental aspect of each character and their current surroundings.
Eagar continues to show her talents as a writer in her third novel, which is rooted in Miranda’s internal struggles. Readers hoping for a zany creature caper should look elsewhere, but those who appreciate introspection will be absorbed by Miranda’s circling thoughts, worries, and anger, and what turns out to be an eye- opening adventure marked by danger and the fantastic.
Eager (Race to the Bottom of the Sea) crafts an appealing novel about 12-year-old Miranda Cho—a straight-A student, compulsive list maker, and unlikely student body president…Eager makes a case for belief—in the uncanny, sure, but most of all in the people one loves.
The message of acceptance toward people is a sound one, though, and readers with sneaking suspicions about what lurks in the woods will relish the confirmation.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
A spiraling, effusive third-person narration amplifies both the wildness of Miranda’s thoughts and the awe-inspiring, almost mystical forest…an engaging yarn that blurs myth and reality.
—The Horn Book