Etta Invincible

Etta Invincible

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In this touching debut middle grade novel, a girl with hearing loss and a boy adjusting to life in a new country connect through their love of comics and get entangled in their own fantastical adventure.

Twelve-year-old Etta Johnson has Loud Days where she can hear just fine and Quiet Days where sounds come from far away and she gets to retreat into her thoughts. Etta spends most of her time alone, working on her comic book about Invincible Girl, the superhero who takes down super villain Petra Fide. Invincible Girl is brave, daring, and bold-everything Etta wishes she could be.

But when Louisa May Alcott, a friendly Goldendoodle from across the street, disappears, Etta and the dog's boy, Eleazar, must find their inner heroes to save her. The catch? Louisa May has run onto a magical train that mysteriously arrived at the station near Etta and Eleazar's houses. Onboard, they discover each train car is its own magical world with individual riddles and challenges that must be solved before they can reach the engine room and rescue Louisa May.

Only, the stakes are even higher than they thought. The train's magic is malfunctioning and spreading a purple smoke called The Fear through the streets of Chicago. Etta and Eleazar are the only ones who can save the city, save Louisa May Alcott-and save each other.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 28mm | 456g
  • ALADDIN
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • f-c matte lam jacket w- spot UV & emboss; illustrated opening & closing panels
  • 1534468374
  • 9781534468375
  • 895,447

Review quote

A rare disorder elicits fear in a young Black artist with a unique sense of the world.

Seventh grader Etta's Quiet Days are becoming more frequent and, frankly, irritating since her "maybe-diagnosis" of Meniere's disease in both her ears. Her parents are monitoring her diet, vigilant about stressors, and learning ASL. In contrast to Etta's Loud Days, not being able to hear sometimes makes it easier to focus on her comic book about Invincible Girl (the novel includes some enticing panels featuring Etta's work). But, as peculiar weather patterns begin to overwhelm her Chicago neighborhood and exacerbate her allergies, the corresponding tinnitus and vertigo as well as the increased anxiety from everyone around her leave Etta feeling hopeless. Even meeting Eleazar, an artsy new Colombian friend with an adorable goldendoodle, leads to doubts about her abilities to communicate-Eleazar is also still learning English-and her future with Meniere's. When Eleazar's dog gets lost on a magical train that is linked to the weird weather, the two must traverse the train cars, solve mysteries, and overcome their fears to fix what's broken and heal what can't be fixed. Just like the magical challenges, their journey yields great emotional rewards. Even as Etta and Eleazar make new connections, losses-of family, hearing, and home-are somber reminders of life's challenges. With snappy narration that's rich in sensory detail and metaphor, readers progress through well-paced storytelling that is ethereal and artfully inclusive.

This hopeful adventure leaves an indelible mark. (Fiction. 10-13) * Kirkus, Starred review * A rare disorder elicits fear in a young Black artist with a unique sense of the world.

Seventh grader Etta's Quiet Days are becoming more frequent and, frankly, irritating since her "maybe-diagnosis" of Meniere's disease in both her ears. Her parents are monitoring her diet, vigilant about stressors, and learning ASL. In contrast to Etta's Loud Days, not being able to hear sometimes makes it easier to focus on her comic book about Invincible Girl (the novel includes some enticing panels featuring Etta's work). But, as peculiar weather patterns begin to overwhelm her Chicago neighborhood and exacerbate her allergies, the corresponding tinnitus and vertigo as well as the increased anxiety from everyone around her leave Etta feeling hopeless. Even meeting Eleazar, an artsy new Colombian friend with an adorable goldendoodle, leads to doubts about her abilities to communicate-Eleazar is also still learning English-and her future with Meniere's. When Eleazar's dog gets lost on a magical train that is linked to the weird weather, the two must traverse the train cars, solve mysteries, and overcome their fears to fix what's broken and heal what can't be fixed. Just like the magical challenges, their journey yields great emotional rewards. Even as Etta and Eleazar make new connections, losses-of family, hearing, and home-are somber reminders of life's challenges. With snappy narration that's rich in sensory detail and metaphor, readers progress through well-paced storytelling that is ethereal and artfully inclusive.

This hopeful adventure leaves an indelible mark. (Fiction. 10-13) * Kirkus, Starred review * "I'm on the ETTA INVINCIBLE train! Readers will cheer for Etta and Eleazar, who search for creativity and friendship, deal with losses, and find hope in the face of fear to ultimately become their own superheroes."

- Rajani LaRocca, Newbery Honor and Walter Award winning author of Red, White, and Whole, Midsummer's Mayhem, and Much Ado About Baseball. "A wonderfully imaginative, big-hearted story of a girl trying to find her way through a mysterious train while navigating new friendships and an emerging disability, Etta Invincible shows us that we can be scared and still be brave and that we don't need to be invincible to be a hero. I adored this book."

-Anne Ursu, author of The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy
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About Reese Eschmann

Reese Eschmann holds a master's degree in social work from the University of Illinois at Chicago and worked in schools for six years. When she's not writing or taking naps, Reese enjoys rock climbing, baking, and making movies with her family. She lives outside of Chicago with her husband and their hound dog. Etta Invincible is her debut novel. Find her on Instagram and Twitter @ReesesPieces21_ or at ReeseEschmann.com.
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34 ratings
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3 6% (2)
2 3% (1)
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