by Pam Muñoz Ryan


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780439874021
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 02/24/2015
Pages: 592
Sales rank: 18,795
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 2.00(d)
Lexile: 680L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Pam Muñoz 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. Her celebrated novels, Echo, Esperanza Rising, The Dreamer, Riding Freedom, Becoming Naomi Léon, and Paint the Wind, have received countless accolades, among them two Pura Belpré Awards, a NAPPA Gold Award, a Jane Addams Children's Book Award, and two Américas 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, California, with her family.

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Echo 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A friend suggested this book to me after she had read it to her eight-year-old son. They both fell in love with the three intertwining, wonderfully written stories. And so have I. Throughout the book, I kept wishing it were longer, that the tales could have continued on forever. Or even just 3,000 more pages. chuckle! Friedrich, Mike and Ivy will forever have special places in my heart. And one day, so will my daughter. She's only two-years-old for now.. but I'll start reading this book to her when she turns five. And perhaps read it to her every year afterwards so that I may revisit this wondrous message of unflailing hope, strength and love.
MariahEllis More than 1 year ago
This book was absolutely beautiful and moving. The author wove such an incredible and intricate story with several POVs that came together amazingly in the end. I found myself deeply invested in the characters and genuinely caring about what happened to them. I loved the way I could see them grow and develop. This is one of those books that I can see becoming a classic. Though it is a little lengthier than most books read in the classroom, I do think that it would fit in very well in that environment. I can already envision so many wonderful projects that could go along with the reading. If you have the opportunity, please listen to the audio. The music that is included really adds something special to the story.
vanhookcIA More than 1 year ago
Three cheers for author, Pam Munoz Ryan, on an exceptional piece of literature for children and young adults, ECHO. Not only is this a piece of historical fiction but it also has a magical flavor woven into its 585 pages. At the start of the story, little Otto buys a book and harmonica from a traveling Gypsy. As he begins to read the book about three sister’s under a witch’s spell, this magical story comes to life! He learns that he has a role in the story’s unwritten "blank pages" as three more stories begin to unfold -- all woven together by a silken thread of destiny -- about Friedrich (1933) living in Germany during the rise of Nazi power; Michael (1935) living in an Pennsylvania orphanage during the Great Depression, and Ivy (1941) living in a California barrio. Music gives all these main characters the strength to take refuge from their troubles, gain strength, and protect their loved ones. Ryan uses the harmonica to travel throughout these stories, bringing peace and happiness, solace and comfort to all of her characters. Otto, Friedrich, Michael, and Ivy lives are all impacted by the same harmonica. The reader sees this, yet the characters may never know! Though there are some powerfully difficult times in history covered in this book, Ryan keeps her story on a gentle, positive note, worthy of readers in 4th grade up! Through the harmonious use of music and lyrical language, she weaves together a story rich in family bond, bravery, human and racial tolerance, and kindness to all. For the reader wanting more, once this beautiful story has concluded, here’s a list of historical topics from the book to research: Nazi youth groups and WWII; orphanages during the Great Depression; California migrant farm laborers, Japanese Internment Camps, institutional racism and Mexican American education; the Hohner harmonica and the Harmonica Band Movement of the 1920s and 30s. Congratulations, Pam Munoz Ryan!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can not believe I was able to finish this book. Long books like this don’t usually keep me hooked but this did and it changed my perspective on life. I have no words.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great book. Once I got into it i could not put it down! Great read for a young adult or adult.
Musicisawesome101 More than 1 year ago
Echo is a wonderful book that glues to your hands so that you can't put it down. It is full of adventure and leaves you at a cliffhanger every time that you finish a section or even just a chapter. It involves plenty of history including the following: Japanese Internment camps, Hitler's gain in power, and the Great Depression. There is one section at the end that raps up all of the story. I love how it weaves music throughout the whole story. There is one special instrument that is passed on throughout the book. The harmonica! There is so much more to it but you would have to read the book to find out! I highly recommend this book to all ages if you are interested in adventure and suspense. It is a thick book but it is worth the time. You just have to be patient. It shouldn't be too hard because of how interesting it is. #ReadEcho!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago