The list author says: "this is the stuff i keep referring to throughout life...perhaps that establishes me as an arrested sort of progress through a territory that offers grander insights. for what it's worth - i'm still reading..."
"it was the tortured, hangdog face of Henry on an early edition of this timepiece that sold me on the entire series - which takes you through the Beezus & Ramona stuff and never falters as vintage melancholia."
"i was probably too young for this one (it's alongside Harlin-Quist stuff in the effort to bring morbid hopelessness into "children's books") but i can't forget it, ever. surreal, unpleasant, and nightmarish school odes with no time for innocence."
"someone seriously needs to issue a compendium of the Harlin Quest books, or we need a comprehensive Harlin Quist website - these collectors' prices prevent us from enjoying the sinister, forboding magic of childhood paranoia and anxiety."
"not to downplay the importance of his other works, Daybreak is perhaps the misfit title that reads somewhat akin to Nirvana 'Nevermind' in the realm of philosophy, i think. A mirth injection from an aching hill climber."