Echo is an exceptional book that begins and ends with a harmonica made in Germany. In the prelude, a boy named Otto buys the harmonica and a book from a gypsy. When Otto later is lost in the forest, he begins to read the book, and the three princesses in the book appear to help him find his way home. The rest of the book is told in three parts. Part One tells the story of Friedrich, a young boy in Nazi Germany in 1933. Part Two is the story of two orphans in Pennsylvania in 1935, and Part Three is about Ivy, a Hispanic girl in Southern California in 1942. The thread that holds these three parts together is the harmonica, which winds up in the hands of each of the children, and the children's shared love of music. Echo is a brilliant work that weaves magic realism and historical fiction together to create a compelling story of hope and redemption Ages 9+— From Staff Reviews
2016 Newbery Honor Book
New York Times Bestseller
An impassioned, uplifting, and virtuosic tour de force from a treasured storyteller
Lost and alone in a forbidden forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and suddenly finds himself entwined in a puzzling quest involving a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica.
Decades later, Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California each, in turn, become interwoven when the very same harmonica lands in their lives. All the children face daunting challenges: rescuing a father, protecting a brother, holding a family together. And ultimately, pulled by the invisible thread of destiny, their suspenseful solo stories converge in an orchestral crescendo.
Richly imagined and masterfully crafted, Echo pushes the boundaries of genre, form, and storytelling innovation to create a wholly original novel that will resound in your heart long after the last note has been struck.
About the Author
Pam Munoz Ryan is the recipient of the Newbery Honor Medal and the Kirkus Prize for her New York Times bestselling novel, Echo, as well as the NEA s Human and Civil Rights Award and the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award for multicultural literature for her body of work. She has written more than thirty books for young readers. Her celebrated novels, Echo, Esperanza Rising, The Dreamer, Riding Freedom, Becoming Naomi Leon, and Paint the Wind, have received countless accolades, among them two Pura Belpre Awards, a NAPPA Gold Award, a Jane Addams Children s Book Award, and two Americas Awards. Her acclaimed picture books include Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride and When Marian Sang, both illustrated by Brian Selznick, and Tony Baloney, illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham, as well as a beginning reader series featuring Tony Baloney. Ryan lives near San Diego, CA with her family."