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Ethan's Voice by [Carter, Rachel]
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Thoroughly engaging ... It s simply told but compelling, and I spent the whole book willing Ethan to say something. A reminder that children s literature can take on serious themes --Independent on Sunday

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1948 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Fiction; 1 edition (14 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DCYSTZY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #430,679 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Fiona Millar VINE VOICE on 15 May 2013
Format: Paperback Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
'Ethan's Voice' tells the story of 11yr old Ethan, who stopped talking fours years ago, although he can't remember the reason why. He lives on a canal boat with his parents, who teach him at home but are attempting to encourage him back to school. His life changes when Polly and her mum moor their boat on the canal. His new-found friendship with Polly encourages him to search for his lost memories and find his voice again.

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.
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By Mr. D. L. Rees TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Sept. 2013
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Four years silent. Why will Ethan not speak? He now has to be taught by his mother on the family barge. New neighbour chatty little Polly will help solve the mystery....

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.
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Ethan's Voice by Rachel Carter was a joy to read. Ethan's tale is told with a wonderfully light touch despite the hefty issues involved. The combination of simple wisdoms and kindnesses, hidden heroism, and poignant misunderstandings is cleverly handled. It is a complex story but written with such clarity and sensitivity that it is totally accessible for the young independent reader.

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.
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Ethan’s Voice is a lovely, sweet and unusual tale of a young boy who is a selective mute. After a traumatic event Ethan has stopped talking altogether. His parents have tried everything to get him talking again but to no avail. It is controlling his life so much that Ethan is now home schooled. He is alone and has no friends.

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.
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Ethan is eleven-years-old and he lives with his mum and dad on a canal boat. He hasn't spoken for some time, around four years, though he can't remember quite when he stopped speaking, or why he did. He is currently schooled at home by his mum, but near the beginning of the story there is talk about him possibly trying to go back to school one day. This is something that terrifies Ethan. He is content learning at home and spending time at the pond. Then one day Ethan meets Polly, who is newly arrived on the canal with her mum Jackie; she is temporarily separated from Polly's father. Polly is missing her dad but despite this she is a happy, friendly and kind girl and proves to be a wonderful influence on Ethan. Together they enjoy various outings around the canal, sharing activities.

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.
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