"Greene does a remarkable job of weaving local legend, historical
detail, humor and adventure together in this colorful tapestry...an
afterword details the basis for this rich, rollicking tale.--
"Tom Cook is a complex and well-developed character, and the descriptions of his home and humorous escapades are rich and vivid....this is an amusing tale that begs to be read aloud and will likely be enjoyed by younger readers who love legends and tall tales."-- "School Library Journal"
"Underneath the tale of the devil collecting his due lies a buoyant story of friendship between two appealing characters: a young man, Tom Cook, and a boy, Jesse...Soundly rooted in historical fact and local legend, Greene successfully weaves historical fact and fiction into an imaginative story. The bedeviled Tom is a wonderful character, treating his misfortune with good-humored self-mockery while demonstrating sincerity and respect in his friendship with Jesse.--Stephanie Loer "The Boston Globe"