Skipper Phillips, still mourning his brother's recent death, decides to find the father he has never met in [Skipper, a] tale of black-eyed peas, magnolia blossoms, and "I do declares."… This sequel to May I Cross Your Golden River? … is an unrelieved disaster. There are no characters, only caricatures; the plot is neither interesting nor credible; and the setting is suffocating with honeysuckle.
Karen Harris, "The Book Review: 'Skipper'," in School Library Journal (reprinted from the October, 1979 issue of School Library Journal, published by R. R. Bowker Co./A Xerox Corporation; copyright © 1979), Vol. 26, No. 2, October, 1979, p. 158.