Malorie Blackman's Knife Edge is featured in a 2 x half-page spread in the current edition (Feb 23) of TIME Magazine.
The article is headlined "Sharper Image - with Knife Edge, writer Malorie Blackman tests the outer limits of kid lit".
The piece is predominantly a journalistic feature, giving readers a bit of background on the UK young adult fiction scene and then talking about Blackman's role as a black author. The writer, Michael Brunton, does finish with a paragraph of criticism:
"As literature, Knife Edge is a bit of a let-down, sagging with serial indignities where Noughts & Crosses was taut with sheer indignation. For example, Sephy's attempt to cut it as a singer in the noughts' underground music scene feels peripheral (and lyrically, she's no Eminem)."
This is legitimate critical comment because it's related to a specific aspect of the book, and shows that you do not require huge chunks of direct quotation to justify a point.
It's not a point Blackman will relish reading, but she'll be delighted with the global exposure.
How many UK children's authors, besides J. K. Rowling, have made an appearance in TIME Magazine? Does anyone know?