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Ethan's Voice Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
The story does have traces of David Almond, Mark Haddon and Jacqueline Wilson, but it perhaps doesn't have their more uncompromising and lyrical writing style. The story is aimed at 9yrs and up, but at times the style of writing feels overly simplistic and prosaic. The same could be said for the climax of the story and the revelation of Ethan's hidden memories. Less confident readers would feel satisfied with the style, but more experienced young readers might feel a little patronised by the tone at times.
There are also a couple of events in the book which didn't feel believable - Polly invites Ethan to a Halloween party starting at midnight, which he doesn't tell his parents about and goes to alone. I'm not sure many mums would invite a child's friend to come and party at midnight and alone! Ethan's parents also go off and leave him home alone while they work, which I'm not sure is even legal with an 11yr old!
I'd recommend this book for less confident and experienced readers, and it was an enjoyable enough story. It's not really up there with the writers the blurb compares it to, though.
The telling is simple, with much to delight and to move. It has to be confessed, though, there are aspects that puzzle. (Hopefully pointing these out will not be considered ungallant, especially with Ethan so fascinated by knights and chivalry.) Why is it so long before the parents are named? As a fellow reviewer also points out, the Hallowe'en sequence simply does not ring true. Traditionally celebrations are on the evening of 31st October. Here they begin at midnight, we asked to believe eleven year old Ethan would sneak out in the dead of night to be with a girl met only hours before. At the very least, Polly's mother would have first cleared everything with his parents. Then there is the matter of Ethan's gardening dad sowing seeds in November....
Such distractions are a pity, especially when the story's main theme so greatly intrigues. Gratifyingly the solution is plausible, the outcome uplifting.
Many will enjoy this gentle tale, not just the young readers for whom intended.
While Ethan is effectively mute, his inner voice and personality lift off every page and the reader understands and feels his frustrations completely. He is lucky to find a smart and kindly friend, one who possesses great intuition. While that is a stroke of luck and while, together, the friends make big wishes and form a magical bond, it is their combined wit, intelligence and tenacity that make Ethan's journey believable and whole.
This is lovely story; complex yet simple. Rachel Carter should be congratulated on finding her own very distinct voice in Ethan's Voice, her debut novel.
Along comes Polly, a girl of a similar age to Ethan. She quickly understands the situation and doesn’t pressurise Ethan into speaking but she does provide him with some much needed companionship. It is this friendship which makes Ethan’s Voice such a beautiful read.
The book isn’t over dramatic, some of the things that happen within the narrative are simple and lovely and I think it is this that sets it apart from a lot of YA fiction. It is not dark or harsh or depressing; it has a hopeful quality that a lot of modern day stories often lack due to our jaded MTV culture. It is an impressive debut novel from Rachel Carter and I cannot wait to see what else she has in store for us all.
Ethan’s Voice by Rachel Carter is available now.
Ethan writes down in a notebook what he cannot say out loud so that he can still communicate with Polly. Their connection means though that she understands a lot of what he is feeling and sometimes a nod from him is enough. Polly helps Ethan and with the aid of her friendship and kindness, he starts to recall memories that are painful, and may go towards an understanding of why he stopped speaking. Between them they start to piece together what may have happened in his past that led to his silence.
Ethan's Voice is a nicely written story of friendship and kindness. A sweet, joyful and believable friendship is formed between Ethan and Polly, and both of these likeable characters came to life for me as I read. Despite Ethan not speaking we still get to know him, and Polly, and I became involved in his tale and felt his story was told clearly and with sympathy. It's an enjoyable, moving tale, an accomplished debut written with warmth.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good book. I read it first then my 11 year old daughter who suffers selective mustism. Like the main character.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is a bit different from the formulaic books often for this age. My 9 year old daughter really liked this book. Read morePublished on 28 Feb. 2014 by Jessie
I bought this book for my 10 and 12 year old neices who are avid readers, they couldn't wait to let me know how much they enjoyed the story and were so pleased it had a happy... Read morePublished on 10 Jan. 2014 by R Gillett
Ethan's Voice is the tale of 11 year old Ethan who has selective mutism. It's been four years since he stopped talking and he has to be home-schooled by his Mum on their barge as... Read morePublished on 27 Nov. 2013 by Lovely Treez
My name is Ethan. I am 11 years old. I do not talk. I used to once, but stopped when I was 7. I can't remember why. It's a mystery. Read morePublished on 4 Nov. 2013 by Macca
Ethan has stopped speaking. Living on his parents narrowboat Deity he doesn't go to school either, home schooled after being bullied but his parents and Mary from the council want... Read morePublished on 11 Oct. 2013 by Jo Bennie
A great debut novel from this author who really got me to believe in 11 year old Ethan. I found myself willing him to find his voice. Read morePublished on 8 Oct. 2013 by Dr Phibes
Poor little Ethan. He stopped talking around 4 years ago, but is no longer sure why. He lives of a houseboat with his parents, and is home schooled by his mum. Read morePublished on 1 Oct. 2013 by A. Lucas
This is a truly lovely story. The characters are engaging and believable; there is mystery, adventure, fear, bravery and friendship. Read morePublished on 30 Sept. 2013 by Jo Hudson