Media & Reviews
Named to Bank Street's Best Children's Books, 2021
2021 CAL Award winner for Middle Grade
International Literacy Association 2021 Honor Book
Publisher's Weekly article featuring When You Known What I Know
Finalist for the 2021 Colorado Book Award for Juvenile Literature
New York Times article featuring When You Know What I Know.
Episode 303: A Survivor Story as a Middle Grade Novel in Poems — Interview with Sonja K. Solter
A Conversation in School Library Journal with Debut Authors Mary Cecilia Jackson & Sonja K. Solter
"...Told with a poetic narrative...[When You Know What I Know] dares us to observe the victim’s internal and external struggles: the disbelief from loved ones, her own feelings of guilt and disgust, the way relationships get a new shape, all consumed by the grief, and shame, and pain. But this book is also a journey of hope, of finding stronger family ties with those who believe the victim, the sufferer’s understanding of her own innocence..."
― Carina Isabel Dias Marques Pereira
"Solter emphasizes the emotional effects both of the molestation and of the disparate reactions [Tori] encounters when others hear about it. This offering of hope after trauma is, importantly, unromanticized."
― Kirkus Reviews
"Written with leap-off-the page boldness and sensitivity, Sonja K. Solter's When You Know What I Know is as fresh and profound a story of hope in the aftermath of tragedy as I have ever read. Young readers will hang on every word of Tori's confusion, pain, and hard-won renewal. A triumph!"
― Tony Abbott, author of The Summer of Owen Todd and The Great Jeff