January, 2008

KLIATT, an organization that reviews over 1200 books each year, says:  “Peters draws a realistic and powerful picture of how subtle and confusing abuse in its different forms can be. Caitlyn's struggle to find herself and the strength needed to feel good about who she is and how she fits into the different pictures of her life will stay with readers long after the book is closed. With nothing too graphic, this would be a title that public and school librarians alike should purchase and add to any subject booklist focusing on raising awareness of dating abuse.”  You can read the full review by clicking here onto the Barnes and Noble website


September, 2007

Teensreadtoo.com gives Painting Caitlyn Five Stars, and says “Teen feelings of being alive and loved, truly loved, for the first time, mixed with the uncertainty, stubbornness, and incredibly strong desire to please, are vividly portrayed in this debut novel. Kimberly Joy Peters does a beautiful job of immersing the reader in the heady feeling of young love. “


March, 2007

Painting Caitlyn has gone into a second print run!


February 14, 2007

Happy Valentine’s Day to me!  I just  received word from the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) that I am the recipient of their Writer’s Award— Women’s Program for Painting Caitlyn .  ETFO President Emily Noble says “the contribution you are bringing to education with respect to your book Painting Caitlyn is significant and I am sure it will be of direct benefit to many teachers and students in the future”.


January 24, 2007

Caitlyn is now *officially* a YALSA Quick Pick  - and although that may sound like name-calling, it’s really, really good!  Quick Pick Chair Sarah Couri said the committee “strives to find books for reluctant readers...teen feedback is crucial for books to make the QP list.”


December 2, 2006

Hooray!  Painting Caitlyn is a final nominee for the American Library Association’s 2007 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers


October 21, 2006

The Record, calls Painting Caitlyn “ ...a carefully written book with an important message” .


September 15, 2006

Booklist, by the American Library Association says “...this is more than just a simple problem novel.  The characters, including Tyler and Caitlyn’s family and friends are drawn with real complexity…” 

Click on “Reviews and Praise” at the Lobster Press website to read more!


August 18, 2006

Sharon Morrison reviewed Painting Caitlyn for School Library Journal’s September 2006 issue, and said: “Peters  clearly has her finger on the pulse of teenage dating behavior, and has written an excellent book”. 

August 1, 2006

The first review is in—and it’s amazing!

At Young Adult Books Central, Marla Arbach calls Painting Caitlyn is “a very fulfilling read worth five gold stars” (out of five!).  Read the full review here