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"Few have approached the place of honor this one holds."

A Taste of Blackberries (Ages: 8-12)

I WAS SIXTEEN when A Taste of Blackberries was published. Forty years later I posted an article about it on Wikipedia, but it wasn't enough to simply say this is a great book. I had to do some digging to find out what others had said.


My mother's favorite New York City hangout was just a few blocks from where I worked, so I went there to investigate. Mom had spent many hours inside the Main Branch of the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue, with the imposing pair of marble lions, Patience and Fortitude, keeping watch outside.

"IT WILL BE DIFFICULT to find a children's book this autumn by a new author as good as Doris Buchanan Smith's A Taste of Blackberries."

Times Literary Supplement


"A CELEBRATION of the continuity of the life-death cycle."

Atlanta Journal-Constitution


"RIGHTFULLY VIEWED, along with Katherine Paterson's Bridge to Terabithia, as one of the seminal children's books on the subject of death."

School Library Journal


"IT BLAZED THE WAY for the many other grief books that quickly followed, but few have approached the place of honor this one holds."

Jim Trelease Giant Treasury of Great Read-Aloud Books