Lisa Cobb’s sequel, The Netahs, Down in the Valley, sweeps readers into a world that seamlessly blends humanity with wildlife. The Netahs' gift of transforming from their human to their animal form requires them to exist in a secret society. When Josh is discovered as half-Netah, he’s swept away from everything he knows and forced into a new life, the Netah way of life. With beautiful imagery and a dynamic cast of characters, this enchanting tale explores the meaning of family, belonging, and change. After reading this book, I will not look at an elk, a fox, or a skunk without considering bigger possibilities and other ways of being.
--Jessica Speer, Award-winning author of BFF or NRF (Not Really Friends), Middle School - Safety Goggles Advised, and The Phone Book
An incredibly intriguing coming-of-age story, The Netah’s, Down in the Valley, book 2, focuses on the continuing journey of Josh as he navigates his way through the exciting world of the Netahs; shifters who can change between human and animal form. Josh joins a Netah Elk village that accepts him as he learns about life in Netah society and about his volatile family history. My favorite thing about this book is that Josh doesn’t take everything at face value. Like every preteen he questions boundaries while struggling with his emotions. The story moves at a good pace with fresh world-building. I almost believed that if I hiked out into the mountains of Colorado, I could possibly stumble upon something fantastic.
I feel like this story would be super great for pre-teens, as they can experience the wilderness through the eyes of local wildlife and a modern teen. I can’t wait to see what happens in book 3!
--Katherine Aman, International Teaching Professional, Cercedilla, Spain