Nowhere in the book does the girl who learned to hide and stop crying ask us for pity or compassion. These feelings come by themselves, and from the best place an artist can find - [from] the power and quality of the book... Frankel has a talent for storytelling that gracefully ignores conventions. It is wonderful to be able to write a book like A Girl - it is the best book I have read this year!... I would like to see it in the windows of bookstores all over Europe, and quickly, so everyone will know how great it is. Ariana Melamed,, 2.9.05

This is not a book about war. A Girl is a touching and wonderful reconstruction of childhood, the horrors of childhood and its wonders... The writing flows; it is rich and full of imagination -a living, breathing, throbbing text. If you read it quietly you can hear the heartbeat of the girl hiding in the stove, those same sounds that the Gestapo officers somehow missed. YNET 7.6.05

I was excited and thrilled by this book... A smile and humor are mixed in with the indescribable horror... It is a story that leaves the reader pondering bleakly on the nature of humankind and the future of the world. Devora Omer

Alona Frankel has an international reputation as a writer and illustrator of children's books. Maybe now... Frankel will take her place in the Israeli reader's mind as a writer who is not just for children. Maariv, 24.6.05

This book by Alona Frankel must surely be one of the most beautiful to be published in Hebrew in recent years... It is heartrending, yet in a wonderful way it is also optimistic, perhaps because that distant, terrible memory has been written today by a living woman. Yitzhak Laor, 25.6.04

A Girl is first and foremost a personal document, composed of [the author's] memories and feelings from the past. That is how it is written, and that is how it should be read. Even the design of the book gives it an air of authenticity - the smart choice of yellow pages, and the cover which recreates Frankel's childhood diary. Makor Rishon, 17.6.05

Alona Frankel tells her story with a restraint that touches the reader's soul, and with beautiful simplicity. Galei Zahal, [IDF Radio], 26.6.05

Perhaps Alona Frankel, who has never cried, writes to enable herself to cry, or to become visible rather than invisible. To bring into being that girl whose creativity and rich vision were blocked and strangled... But there is more to this book than the story of a persecuted childhood, for hidden behind the events is a conflict between the forces of darkness around her and the forces of light, between pessimism and unloving and the ability to illuminate the world with her inner strength and her longing for beauty. Hannah Hertzig, 24.3.04