Bookzone, 'Sunday Telegraph', Sydney by Gemma Piali
This wonderful story is a delight for young readers. The book shows the growth of someone who finds themselves in new surroundings. There are laughs to be had along the way as well as thought-provoking moments. Rosanne Hawke['s] personal experiences shape the vivid descriptions in the book.
'Boomerang Books' by Joy Lawn.
Pakistan for Children. It is rare to find an exceptional novel for children with the current emphasis on YA literature rather than on children's books. Kelsey and the Quest of the Porcelain Doll (UQP) is an exceptional book for younger readers. With her background of living in Pakistan as an aid worker, Hawke has incorporated cultural and lifestyle details authentically into a perfectly formed story.
From 'Boomerang Books' by Dimity Powell Rosanne Hawke's junior novel, Kelsey and the Quest of the Porcelain Doll is a captivating mixture of enchantment and adventure with the added bonus of being rich in cultural awareness and humanity, attributes Hawke is well known for. Finding one's sense of place, belonging, and being loved and appreciated are emotions every child will have little difficulty identifying with. Just how Rosanne Hawke manages to do that through the eyes of a doll is about to be revealed.
'Good Reading', Review by Wendy Noble
Through Kelsey's friendship with Shakila we gain a better understanding of what life is like for the people in this part of Pakistan. The circuitous route that the porcelain doll takes … is an exciting adventure that Rosanne Hawke skilfully weaves into the main tale of Kelsey's visit to a foreign land. Little girls everywhere will love this story. Highly recommended.
See the full review in 'Good Reading' July 2014, p 66.
From 'Magpies', by Jane Smith July 2014.
This is a charming story, beautifully written, that provides a glimpse into the richness of another culture. Amy Jo's and Kelsey's stories converge at the end in a fanciful twist that is both delightful and neatly executed.