How to Be Brave
Calla North and her mother Elizabeth live a quiet but happy life together. Elizabeth happens to be the world’s leading expert on ducks—but unfortunately, being an expert on ducks doesn’t always pay the bills. When she is offered a well-paid research trip to the Amazon, it’s an opportunity too good to miss. Calla winds up at boarding school thinking no adventures are likely to find her there … until news arrives that her mother’s plane has gone missing. Can Calla, her friends, and a motley crew of nuns defeat an evil headmistress and find Elizabeth before it’s too late?
This is such a well written book and I loved reading every part of it. Calla and Elizabeth are amazing characters whose stories are in some ways very interconnected. One of the more interesting things about this book are the footnotes, which add dimension and intrigue to the text. How to Be Brave reminds readers that while adults think they know best, children are often far more aware of and tuned into the world around them than adults give them credit for. This book is also a great exploration of friendship and what it means to be brave. A great story and one not to be missed!