"The theme is timeless, even if the situation is somewhat novel. A secondary plot—that Dana has fallen for Jason, who may or may not feel the same way—adds a bit of spice...Illuminating and genial." - Kirkus Reviews
"[Taekema brings] a realistic and believable voice to a six grader’s perception of events. She also does a great job of tackling issues that many kids that age face, including friendships that grow apart, first crushes and beginning to find the places where you fit in...I strongly recommend Ripple Effect for kids in the 9-12 age group, and for classroom, school and public libraries. The messages of perseverance and looking for ways to reconnect with lost friends are both important themes in adolescence. This relatable story will appeal to this age group and is both entertaining and thought-provoking. Highly Recommended." - CM Magazine
"A good book that will appeal to middle school girls. This books deals with issues surrounding friendship, what it means to be a good friend and growing up. This book also deals with emotions such as jealousy, and abandonment. This book provides curricular applications for introspection regarding feelings, and friendship." - Resource Links
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