Other People’s Opinions (only those that make me happy…the rest you can find elsewhere!)


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    • Frederick’s character is developed with maximum attention to the nuances of Asperger’s Syndrome, and he is both likeable and complex.” – CM: Canadian Review of Materials


  • …Frederick’s thoughts, powerfully displayed through the sometimes erratic and tangential text, are manifestations of the syndrome with which the kids are labelled…Anyone can be normal, the author posits, just as anyone can be a hero, under the right circumstances. [Don’t Tell Don’t Tell Don’t Tell is] heavily character-driven, focusing on teens and the friendships they make, and both see their protagonists drawn into tenuous, even dangerous situations.” - Quill & Quire

Don’t Tell, Don’t Tell, Don’t Tell takes us into the world of a boy with Asperger’s and a girl whose efforts to make friends take a bad turn and demonstrates that we all are looking to find a way to fit into the world, whether it’s a world we make for ourselves or one into which we try to insinuate ourselves.”                            CanLit for Little Canadians



Color-ThJust as she did in Fostergirls… Liane Shaw demonstrates that perspective is everything and nothing is the same for everyone”

CanLit for Little Canadians

 “With no words between them, they build a friendship and connection that resonates and lets them express themselves louder than talking. The Color of Silence is a strong pick for youth novel collections, highly recommended.”

The Midwest Book Review

“Liane Shaw’s poetic novel of grief and friendship examines the vast difference between how we perceive ourselves and how others perceive us.”

Quill and Quire

Liane Shaw has written a story on a topic not often spoken or written about and succeeds in making a difficult topic approachable and relatable.    At times heartbreaking and completely gripping, The Color of Silence paints a sympathetic picture of what it might be like to live with disabilities and adversity. Both characters are relatable and well expressed through their silent voices, as written in detailed first person accounts. Shaw dives into the mind of those who most cannot understand and truly educates the reader on what one’s life might be like living with disabilities and on the new hope that technology brings towards communicating through eye recognition. Not a typical young adult novel in character or in subject, but definitely worth a read.

Recommended.  CM magazine


“Strong character development and believable situations provide a robust foundation for her excellent, ultimately hopeful tale. Sadie’s edgy account of finding a real place for herself in the world will keep readers thoroughly engaged. ”

Kirkus Reviews

“I didn’t know what to expect when I picked up this book, but it surpassed my expectations big time. I can say that Fostergirls will be counted among my favourite reads of 2011.”

Library of Clean Reads

“Sadie, though tough as nails, narrates her story with an amusing edginess that works…For readers seeking an honest account of how a girl without parents survives, this story delivers.”

Publishers Weekly

“The first-person perspective is what makes the book for me. Being inside Sadie’s mind is the best way to understand her avoidance of friendship and her difficulties with school work. From the very first chapter Shaw had me interested in the point of view with this description of the school system…This is an important novel for anyone to read.”

Libraries and Young Adults

An authentic and accurate story…Will engage many reluctant readers and fans of problem novels, and it will have a special appeal to other ‘fostergirls’ and those struggling with learning disabilities or school.”

School Library Journal


“With well-developed characters in the mix of family and friends who engage with this young woman, teenaged readers have the opportunity to enjoy a strong story while at the same time learn about an illness that may hit close to home.”

National Post

“Liane Shaw, who has battled anorexia herself, spins Maddie’s treatment – as she progresses from delusions to tough realizations – into an absorbing psychological drama…through clear and unflinching storytelling, Shaw takes her readers deep into the labyrinthine psyche of a young girl battling an eating disorder.”

Quill & Quire

“… a brave book that succeeds in both being a compelling read and a great tool to spark a dialogue among teens around beauty, media pressure and the effects it has on us all.”

Canadian Bookseller

“With well developed characters in the mix of family and friends who engage with this young woman, readers have the opportunity to enjoy a strong story while at the same time learning about an illness that may hit close to home. Highly recommended.”

Saskatoon Star Phoenix

Thinandbeautiful.com is particularly informative and inspirational for teens dealing with low self-esteem and eating disorders. This book would be an excellent addition to a young adult fiction collection. Recommended.”

Library Media Collection

  • Brent Eades

    Those are some pretty impressive reviews. Nice. I *told* you you were a real writer :)

  • Petya Lowes

    Very nice Mrs Shaw. to my favorite teacher still to this day