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Echo by [Pam Muñoz Ryan]
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Gr 5–8—"Long before enchantment was eclipsed by doubt," a young boy named Otto lost in the woods is rescued by three sisters imprisoned there by a witch's curse. In return, he promises to help break the curse by carrying their spirits out of the forest in a mouth harp and passing the instrument along when the time is right. The narrative shifts to the 20th century, when the same mouth harp (aka harmonica) becomes the tangible thread that connects the stories of three children: Friedrich, a disfigured outcast; Mike, an impoverished orphan; and Ivy, an itinerant farmer's child. Their personal struggles are set against some of the darkest eras in human history: Friedrich, the rise of Nazi Germany; Mike, the Great Depression; Ivy, World War II. The children are linked by musical talent and the hand of fate that brings Otto's harmonica into their lives. Each recognizes something unusual about the instrument, not only its sound but its power to fill them with courage and hope. Friedrich, Mike, and Ivy are brought together by music and destiny in an emotionally triumphant conclusion at New York's Carnegie Hall. Meticulous historical detail and masterful storytelling frame the larger history, while the story of Otto and the cursed sisters honor timeless and traditional folktales. Ryan has created three contemporary characters who, through faith and perseverance, write their own happy endings, inspiring readers to believe they can do the same.—Marybeth Kozikowski, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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Awards and Praise for Echo:A New York Times Notable BookA Publishers Weekly Best BookAn ILA Notable Book for a Global SocietyAn ALA Notable Children's BookWinner of the 2015 Kirkus Prize for Young Readers* "The story of Otto and the cursed sisters honor timeless and traditional folktales [and] Ryan has created three contemporary characters who, through faith and perseverance, write their own happy endings, inspiring readers to believe they can do the same." -- School Library Journal, starred review* "A grand narrative that examines the power of music to inspire beauty in a world overrun with fear and intolerance." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review* "Each individual story is engaging, but together they harmonize to create a thrilling whole." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review"A masterpiece." -- Christopher Paul Curtis, author of Newbery Medal-winning Bud, Not Buddy"Daring and beautiful." --Linda Sue Park, author of Newbery Medal-winning A Single Shard


Awards and Praise for Echo:A New York Times Notable BookA Publishers Weekly Best BookAn ILA Notable Book for a Global SocietyAn ALA Notable Children's BookWinner of the 2015 Kirkus Prize for Young Readers* "The story of Otto and the cursed sisters honor timeless and traditional folktales [and] Ryan has created three contemporary characters who, through faith and perseverance, write their own happy endings, inspiring readers to believe they can do the same." -- School Library Journal, starred review* "A grand narrative that examines the power of music to inspire beauty in a world overrun with fear and intolerance." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review* "Each individual story is engaging, but together they harmonize to create a thrilling whole." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review"A masterpiece." -- Christopher Paul Curtis, author of Newbery Medal-winning Bud, Not Buddy"Daring and beautiful." --Linda Sue Park, author of Newbery Medal-winning A Single Shard --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Product details

  • ASIN : B00M9M402G
  • Publisher : Scholastic Press (February 24, 2015)
  • Publication date : February 24, 2015
  • Language : English
  • File size : 12123 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 597 pages
  • Lending : Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 1,116 ratings

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Amazing book I loved the story. It has a beautiful naked hard back, which means that the cover comes off and travels just a plain hardback. I have inserted some photos. Go buy it right now.
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