In a fluent, literate style with effectively economical dialogue and with a considerable amount of sympathetic humor, the author has created a gallery of unconventional characters [in The Carnival in My Mind]. At the same time, she has been unabashedly frank, avoiding the sordid and evoking the surprising emotional experiences which endowed a hitherto despondent adolescent with joie de vivre. (pp. 662-63)
Paul Heins, in a review of "The Carnival in My Mind," in The Horn Book Magazine, Vol. LVIII, No. 6, December, 1982, pp. 662-63.