A sampling of kind words about my books:

The Timekeeper's Moon

  • "Sensel excels in her vivid descriptions of the setting, the characters, and the adventures they experience. The theme of finding and accepting one's true calling resonates in this second book as much as it did in the first." — School Library Journal
  • "Vivid world building and tight pacing mark this sequel, further distinguished by rich characters with believable relationships." — Booklist
  • "Fantasy fans, particularly those who enjoyed duPrau's Ember series, will be happy to read both [this and the prequel], and they will likely hope for more of Ariel's quest to come." — BCCB
  • "Sensel's writing is beautiful... she has the unique ability to write a book geared to a middle-grade/YA audience but that makes even an adult want to read and jump into the world she has created." — Fantasy Book Critic
  • "Good and satisfying, just like the first. Joni Sensel knows how to tell a good story." — Becky's Book Reviews Gold Star of Excellence, TeensReadToo.com

    The Farwalker's Quest

    2009 Cybils Award Finalist, middle-grade fantasy and science fiction Bank Street College 2010 "Best Book"
  • "At once elegant and lyrical, while also offering an intensely paced and action-driven plot for readers who are seeking adventure." — Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
  • "An absorbing fantasy... The story offers crisp dialogue, an exciting plot and strong secondary characters.... A hopeful contribution to post-apocalyptic literature." — Kirkus
  • “This stand-alone fantasy has a unique setting with an intriguing history and a suspenseful plot.” — Booklist
  • "A solid and well-paced fantasy... the theme of finding and accepting one's true calling resonates." — School Library Journal
  • "A MUST-READ. Even those who are not generally fans of fantasy are sure to be pleased. With substantive characters and a well-woven plot, Sensel weaves a breath-taking tale... The pacing is perfect, the prose lyrical and smooth." — Christian Library Journal

The Humming of Numbers

  • "Compelling and powerfully written" — ALAN, the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents
  • "A great read. Filled with nature lore and compelling action, it will appeal to many readers." — School Library Journal
  • "An excellent book that readers of both historical fiction and fantasy will enjoy." — VOYA
  • "Well-plotted, action packed, and even mildly sexy." — The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
  • "A very nice historical novel with nice plot twists and a perfect ending to match. Historical fans will devour this." — Trainspotting Reads
  • "Sensel packs her story with energy and color, and tells it at a breakneck pace." — The Bookmonger, The Olympian newspaper

  • Reality Leak

  • “Fun and funny to boot. Few of the titles out there have as clear a sense of lighthearted glee as Joni Sensel's Reality Leak. Never disappointing and always surprising. I was truly delighted.”
    — Elizabeth Bird, children's librarian, Donnell Library Center, New York Public Library. Read her entire review on her Fuse Number 8 blog.
  • "This utterly silly but entertaining story clearly has a lot of madcap influences, including old Saturday morning cartoons, Roald Dahl, and the Addams Family. Readers who enjoy oddball characters and off-the-wall mysteries should find this amusing." — Booklist
  • "This book was zany, crazy fun... a blast to read. Perfect for middle-grade readers who enjoy a good dose of oddball humor." — Children's lit blogger Miss Erin
  • "Part mystery, part fantasy and packed with humor, this extremely creative novel will hold readers in lighthearted suspense through all 218 pages." — Kendal Rautzhan, syndicated reviewer

  • "Unique characters, unique plot. Full of one imaginative adventure after another... an enjoyable read." — Becky Laney, Becky's Book Reviews and Deliciously Clean Reads

  • "Perfect for the younger reader."— Holly Newton, Newton's Book Notes

  • "Wonderfully fresh and charming... a winning combination of imagination and humor. Bravo!"
    — Vernise Pelzel, educator and child development specialist

Bears Barge In

  • Recipient of a 2001 Henry Bergh Children's Book Honor from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)

  • “Very highly recommended for family, school, and community library children's book collections. Chris Bivins' vividly colored illustrations are a perfect showcase for Joni Sensel's lively, original, and imaginative story.” — Children's Bookwatch

  • “The perfect resource. Wonderfully illustrated.”
    — American Humane Association

The Garbage Monster

  • “Delightfully written. An excellent and recommended picture book.”
    — Children's Bookwatch

  • “A fantastic resource for recycling education — every school and home
    needs a copy!”
    — Vicki Gist, Executive Director, Keep Sugar Land (
    Texas ) Beautiful