2018 Paterson Prize for Books for Young People: Honor book
"An existential examination of the cycle of violence."
Kirkus Reviews - Read Full review:
Ahgottahandleonit is readable, exciting, thought-provoking, and altogether compelling. As timely as today's headlines and at the same time universally appealing, It is a NATIVE SON for a new generation.
John Wright, Professor Emeritus of Classics at Northwestern University
Ahgottahandleonit is a riveting, heart-rocking novel. Donovan Mixon has written with utter conviction about an African American teenager who desperately seeks to know if what he does or says, if what he is, matters.
Lisa Sandlin, author of Message to the Nurse of Dreams and Do-Right
His storytelling abilities bring the reader into the heart and soul of his characters. A must read for young adult and more mature readers alike.
Kim Nesta Archung, Ph. D.
From the discomfort of a front row seat, the reader will observe, at close range, how profoundly every interaction either supports or jeopardizes Tim’s arduous adolescent journey into accountability.
Maureen Tolman Flannery, poet and author of Ancestors in the Landscape, Tunnel into Morning and Destiny Whispers to the Beloved.
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Her Story Theatre / Chicago Writers Exchange
For me, the bottom line to Donovan Mixon’s novel Ahgottahandleonit is that it’s a damned good read. I was virtually transfixed by the language wrought so adroitly by the author to pump life into his characters and their story. Read More
Mel Kenne - Poet
Written with an impressive realism, Ahgottahandleonit is a unique and extraordinary novel that will have a very special appeal for young readers ages 12 to 18. While very highly recommended for school and community YA Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists.
MBR - Midwest Book Review
Ahgottahandleonit is a well-written page-turner. I’m sure the author had his reasons for branding it as a young adult novel, but to me it’s no less an adult novel than other novels with teenage protagonists—for instance, The Catcher in the Rye or
A Separate Peace. Highly recommended.
Doug Lalli, author of Peter and Beth