"Hawke displays an unerring touch with the thoughts and emotions of a troubled youngster. A robust bracy style that doesn't falter or languish. A fine unsentimental story" (Magpies, Vol 15 No 2 May 2000).

"Hawke is excellent at conveying the turbulence that takes over Joel's mind and the impotent anger which makes him lash out Joel's knotty, volatile but engaging character and the ramifications of the plot soon sweep them into the action and through a tense climax to a satisfying conclusion" (Katharine England, The Advertiser, Mar 11, 2000).

"I loved Rosanne Hawke's latest book multi-layered story line covers many aspects which enable different age groups to enjoy The Keeper. An unusual storyline which will prove a hit in the 9-12 age group, but will also make excellent reading for Lower Secondary students" (Cecile Ferguson, Lollipops, April/May 2000).