Praise for The Blind Faith Hotel:

There is much that is wonderful about this novel..first and foremost the main character, Zoe. Todd absolutely captures the tension, love, hate, and fury in a family in crisis….The language in the telling of this story makes every page a treasure.


Zoe is sharp-witted and believable…reminding the reader that while love and loss are inextricably bound, in the end relationships are worth the struggle.


This is a deeply felt novel about coming to understand what home really means– and why. I loved so many of the characters in this book, but most of all the sometimes wise-cracking, sometimes heart-breaking, always wild in spirit Zoe, who through her own learning brought me a unique and entirely unsentimental appreciation of nature. The Blind Faith Hotel will make you see.

-Elizabeth Berg, author of Open House, an Oprah’s Book Club selection

Themes of home, freedom and belonging, forgiveness and a passion for “wanting what was wild to survive” resonate throughout this engrossing story of a young girl’s journey home to herself.


…careful exploration of relationships and the emotional dynamics of a family in transition.


…should appeal to fans of Han Nolan and Kimberly Willis Holt.


The Blind Faith Hotel will leave a lump in your throat for all the right reasons: for the wrenching, funny, heartwarming story of Zoe Lawson, who is struggling to grow up in a family that is falling apart; for lyrical pictures of the wild world that Zoe so loves; and for the nuggets of wisdom Pamela Todd tucks into the story, like gifts, for the readers who will savor them long after they have finished this moving book.

-Nancy Horan, author of Loving Frank: A Novel

Zoe’s story is so beautifully written, that you find yourself loving her for her devotion to all things wild and wonderful, including her father and Ivy, even while you’re wishing she could face up to a few useful realities. A fascinating reading experience.

-Zilpha Keatley Snyder, three-time Newbery Honor Medalist and author of The Egypt Game