The New York Times listed Stealing Home as one of thirty on their “Bookshelf Must-Have.”
From Kirkus Reviews, September 3, 2021
“Rule offers a sensitive, if muted, depiction of Eisenhower-era racial tensions.” [About the main character] “William’s character arc is more fully explored in limpid prose that exposes his conflicting impulses, which are sometimes not at all admirable. Young readers will find his struggle with his attitudes believable and perhaps inspiring.”
From The U.S.Review of Books, reviewer Mari Carlson writes:
“Intended for middle readers, the book’s subject, form, and style are age-appropriate. The book highlights boys’ lives away from supervision. Scenes of swimming, bike riding, riding horses, and shooting guns make for a wholesome and historical read. Feelings are honest, handled with able adult guidance, and described in accessible language. The moral experience is couched in a personal narrative that is touching and easily applicable to others’ lives.”
From Pacific Book Review, reviewer Allison Walker writes:
Stealing Home: Summer of 1958, written by Roger Rule, is a sweet boyhood story with themes age-appropriate for middle schoolers. Rule does an admirable job writing about complex issues in ways which are easy for children to understand. Most of all, his book is interesting and exciting for children to read. Parents will be impressed by the lessons about empathy that Rule writes. The relationships between the characters really serve to deliver the main message of the book: that people, regardless of race, are complex. Good people can perform dishonest acts and cruel people can behave compassionately.
Stealing Home is everything a child, and their parent, could want from a chapter book. Rule does an excellent job keeping the themes age-appropriate. … a book children will enjoy and parents will approve of.”