'In this charming story, the author has given us some fine characterisation. There is, of course, as the title would indicate, a hero, but the book in reality is a record of the troubled experiences of a motherless family of four boys and two girls, and a father, whose Spartan methods are the cause of much of the turbulence of the earlier chapters. Weighed down by his unshared responsibility, he is over-strict, and too much inclined to take a serious view of what are, after all, in many instances merely manifestations of exuberance of spirits. Hugh, despite his continual conflicts with parental authority, is a grand character, for, as regards the things that count, his standard is inflexibly high, and in complete contrast with his elder brother's easier moral code. And there is a girl who will enlist the sympathy of the reader in her task of making peace among the elements of discord. The inevitable explosion occurs, Hugh is exiled, and goes off to South Africa. Then comes the war, where his true worth is manifested, and much more so when, later, disabled for life, he becomes a sort of fairy godfather to the others.'
'Hugh Royston' [review], The World's News, 29 November 1924, p.12.