for the book Shoes with Wings
“Papayani’s writing is expressive and engaging. She has the ability to effortlessly communicate her message to the reader, attract him into her narrative universe, have him enter the story, empathize, agonize, laugh, identify with the characters. Her storytelling which occasionally turns poetic, the technique of encased narratives which merge seamlessly into the storyline, her rich and well crafted intertextual references, her literary armature reflected in her use of language, mark her one of the most noteworthy writers for children and youth.”