The Brave

The Brave

Perfect for fans of Rain Reign, this middle-grade novel The Brave is about a boy with an OCD issue and his move to a reservation to live with his biological mother.

Collin can't help himself—he has a unique condition that finds him counting every letter spoken to him. It's a quirk that makes him a prime target for bullies, and a continual frustration to the adults around him, including his father.

When Collin asked to leave yet another school, his dad decides to send him to live in Minnesota with the mother he's never met. She is Ojibwe, and lives on a reservation. Collin arrives in Duluth with his loyal dog, Seven, and quickly finds his mom and his new home to be warm, welcoming, and accepting of his condition.

Collin’s quirk is matched by that of his neighbor, Orenda, girl who lives mostly in her treehouse and believes she is turning into a butterfly. With Orenda’s help, Collin works hard to overcome his challenges. His real test comes when he must step up for his new friend and trust his new family.

Title:The Brave
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781250247759
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    The Brave Reviews

  • Adriana Mather

    Full disclosure - I’m married to the author. And even though I’m a writer myself, he wouldn’t let me read it until it was completely edited. Seriously. He let my mom read it, but he refused to s...

  • Eileen

    An absolutely beautiful 5 stars!This was an unexpectedly beautiful book about a boy who has been isolated from his mother's Obijabwe heritage for his whole life and has struggled in the Western world ...

  • Tina

    This is a middle grade that looks so good. I am lucky to receive an e-audiobook of this book from Netgalley, and I will post a honest review of this book as soon as I finish listening it. Note: I will...

  • Sandra Mather

    I read an early version of this book. It was beautiful and lyrical. Bird is a master storyteller who has written a number of screenplays, four of which have been made into Indie films. In this, his fi...

  • TheMatchedSlytherin

    I was given this book as part of an ARC tour by the author('s) family to help promote and to given an honest review! First and foremost I want to thank James for writing this book, there are hardly wo...

  • Karen Kane

    Collin is such a wonderful little man, his only issue is that no one would accept him for who he was. Not his father, not his school, no adult or child around him. Not until his mother came back into ...

  • Geraldine (geraldinereads)

    Collin has an OCD tendency of counting letters when people speak and replying with the number of letters that were spoken. When he gets in trouble at his school and is asked to leave yet another schoo...

  • Tia Nicole

    Wow. I don’t know where to start with this book aside from those first three letters.Collin is different from everyone he knows. He counts letters in the words people say. The struggle of finding yo...

  • Felecia

    This middle grade book is a heartwarming and beautiful tale for readers of all ages. My 12 year old and I both agree. The Brave is the debut novel from filmmaker James Bird. The main character, Collin...

  • Samantha (WLABB)

    I found Collin's journey so touching. Before, he was living in California with his ill-equipped father and had little support. He was relentlessly singled out for his neurodiversity and considered him...