Farrell, Kirby. “Virginia Hamilton’s Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush and the Case for a Radical Existential Criticism.” Contemporary Literature 31, no. 2 (Summer, 1990): 161-176. Argues that the novel’s “apparent celebration of black solidarity overlays a regressive vision of relentless sadistic competition.”
Guy, David. “Escaping from a World of Troubles.” The Washington Post Book World, November 7, 1982, 14. Guy comments that Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush “could vaguely bore me and utterly astound me within the space of a single chapter” and wishes that Hamilton would “release her remarkable imagination from the contrived situations of the conventional young adult novel.”
Heins, Ethel L. Review of Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush, by Virginia Hamilton. The Horn Book Magazine 18, no. 5 (October, 1982): 505-506. Praises the novel’s characters as “complex, contradictory, and ambivalent as is life itself: sometimes weak, sometimes attractive, always fiercely human.”
Paterson, Katherine. “Family Visions.” The New York Times Book Review, November 14, 1982, 41, 56. A highly laudatory review of Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush. Paterson challenges readers to read the first paragraph of the book and “then stop—if you can.”
Townsend, John Rowe. “Virginia Hamilton.” In A Sounding of Storytellers: New and Revised Essays on Contemporary Writers for Children. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott, 1979. A thorough overview of Hamilton’s early fiction.