“Brilliant: a vision of history before the victors wrote it.” Kirkus (starred review)

“[A]n instantly gripping story of injustice spawned by subjugation.” School Library Journal (starred review)

“[An] unusually honest portrait of the effects of power…[Coats] offers us a potent historical novel.” —Horn Book (starred review)

“[A] harrowing picture of life as two cultures clash.” Shelf Awareness (starred review)

“The Wicked and the Just is a rich historical novel that challenges readers to think about universal ideas, such as true justice.”  —Heidi Uphoff, VOYA

“In the ever increasing famine and hostile environment, both daughter and servant will have to overcome the boundaries of rank and the tensions of race to survive.” –Rachel A., 17, SLJ Newsletter

“This is one of the best young adult titles I have read in a long, long, time.” –Robert McDonald, The Book Stall At Chestnut, Winnetka, IL (Indiebound’s Kids Next Summer 2012 List)

The Wicked and the Just…doesn’t rely upon any tropes of the young adult genre, and, as a historical novel, stands out from the crowd.” Bibliopunkk

“Beautiful from beginning to end, the tale grows in seasons, winning the reader with new tenor at each turn–jocose, playful, biting, disquieting, unexpected, tearful…This is one I wish had no last page.” Telemachus

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