Etta Invincible by Reese Eschmann
Genre: Middle Grade Contemporary
Publishing Date: July 12, 2022
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 Invisible Girl, the superhero who takes down super villain Petra Fide and does all the things Etta thinks she can’t.
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? LMA has run onto a magical train that mysteriously arrived at the station near Etta and Eleazar’s houses. On-board, 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 LMA.
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.
About the Author:
Reese Eschmann holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois-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.
I am always on the lookout for as many diverse books so when I saw Etta Invincible I was intrigued as the MC had Meniere's Disease which I have heard of but I had no idea it was possible for children to suffer from it. But I do know what it is like to suffer with Vertigo - I was diagnosed in 2020 and I was interested to see how Reese would depict someone having a vertigo attack and I can say they were spot on.
I felt Etta's frustrations of never knowing when one would happen how long it would last and at times it can be stressful which is a no no. I can honestly say Etta was not weak she was strong as having something like that really can take it's toll on a person.
My one dislike about the book is it's pacing at the beginning I found it slow and there were so many chapters which were longer than others. It was not until Reese introduced Mariana and Akio things began to really hot up and the main reason why I gave 4 stars. It was so close to a 5 star rating maybe add more of the graphic novel into the book would of been ideal as I loved the artwork.