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, it's worth every moment of reader time.-Kirkus Reviews, starred review
The book’s thematic underpinnings poignantly reveal what Friedrich, Mike, and Ivy truly have in common: not just a love of music, but resourcefulness in the face of change, and a refusal to accept injustice.-Publishers Weekly starred review
Ages 9 & up— From Educator's Reception with Pam Muñoz Ryan
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.
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*“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, it's worth every moment of readers' time.” --Kirkus, 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