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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Etta has a unique gift. She doesn’t know it yet, but she’s going to find out about it very soon. She’s off to her grandparents' cabin in the mountains for the summer. It’s a very isolated location, but she loves going every year. She shares a special bond with her grandparents, a bond that is going to get even stronger and perhaps even save someone’s life. And, as she learns about her gift, Etta is going to learn more about nature, the animal kingdom and the natural world all around her, and how to survive in the wild. She is also going to learn more about people, about caring for others and showing compassion - something she’s always been good at - but now she has a gift that makes her more responsive to everyone around her.
This is a marvellous story for young readers. Lee W. Collins’ young people’s novel, Etta, the Brave, is a gentle story that follows a young girl’s summer adventure at her grandparents’ cabin. When she discovers her gift, or more accurately it’s revealed to her by her grandparents, Etta goes on a journey of learning and discovery that opens her heart and mind to a surprisingly remarkable method of communication. Etta’s journey becomes the reader’s journey as well as both Etta and the reader learn about nature and the animal kingdom. As the learning curve intensifies, so do Etta’s adventures until she is confronted with one that threatens to change her life forever. And it does, but not in the way the reader expects. This is a story full of compassion and valuable information with believable and lovable characters, and a plot that will entice readers of all ages.