"In more than a decade as a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in relationship issues, women’s and adolescent girls’ issues, I’ve witnessed the devastating effects when socially aggressive school girls maintain their status by playing spiteful tricks. In a single powerful, authentic chapter, Catherine Underhill Fitzpatrick’s coming-of-age novel shows how the cold-blooded games of a supposed 'friend' up the ante on cruelty, until a tragic twist of fate turns the aggressor into a victim."
— Dr. Erika Holiday, Psy.D, co-author of Mean Girls, Mean Women
"I want my parents to come back to life and read Catherine Fitzpatrick's novel, Going on Nine. Better yet, I want them to have read it before I turned eight and knew for sure that all the other kids' families were nicer and less embarrassing. If my folks read through to the end—and I can't imagine anyone putting it down—they would know that I, like Grace Townsend and a kabillion other kids, learned my lesson after all."
—Judy Bridges, founder of Redbird Studio—A Writer's Place, and author of Shut Up & Write!
"Grace’s journey leads to the inevitable truth that things are not always as they seem. Reading Going on Nine, I found myself yearning for a simpler time when children played outside with abandon, and terrorism wasn’t part of our vocabulary.
Congratulations to Catherine Fitzpatrick on a precise portrayal of Grace and a tightly written remembrance (that) makes you want to click your heels and say, 'There’s no place like home.'”
—Kathleen McElligott, author of Mommy Machine, 2009 National Best Books Awards finalist
"A sweet coming of age story whose heroine confronts life's deepest mysteries with plenty of heart and not a small dose of pluck. Baby boomers will be enthralled, as I was, by Catherine Fitzpatrick's exquisite attention to detail that makes the summer of '56 come alive in the form of an eight-year-old adventuress named Grace Townsend." —Marcy Darin, editor, Prisms of the Soul: Writings from a Sisterhood of Faith