Echo
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  • Echo
  • Echo
ISBN: 0439874025
EAN13: 9780439874021
Language: English
Release Date: Feb 24, 2015
Pages: 592
Dimensions: 1.9" H x 8.4" L x 5.4" W
Weight: 1.4 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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A 2016 Odyssey Honor Audiobook

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.

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5
   Lush Writing and a Memorable Tale
Classified as magical realism, I loved Echo's light touch, but most of all I was impressed with the book's beautiful structure. Three young people in the 1940s are connected by an enchanted harmonica, Echo tells the story of a love story told through the prism of a time machine. Now, as weird as that sounds, it is an amazing tale, full of music and heartbreak, pathos and redemption, all set in the original fairy tale. The ending is one of the great finales of all time. It's just that you don't let the harmonica-fairy tale throw you. This book is so swoon-worthy, I almost fell over.
 
5
   A GREAT read from start to finish!
This is an excellent story that can be appreciated by children and adults alike. While the story line did not interest me initially, an enchanted harmonica comes into the possession of several children over the course of several decades and then unites them in the conclusion, I could not put this book down. I highly recommend this product to anyone.
 
4
   Great read!
This is a great book for kids, too! I really enjoyed the book, said Blair. I gave it a four star because the plot didn't pull you in at first, but it did get exciting later on and I was amazed at the wonderful ending!
 
5
   Perfect story for my daughter.
I can't say much about the book because I bought it for my daughter. And, I can tell you, she has been telling me all about this book and has been loving it! Brand new York: The Economist Published today.
 
5
   A new favorite
As a third-grade teacher, I am often looking for ways to read aloud some of the children's literature. I saw this in the Washington Kids Post and decided to try it for a quick weekend read, Morgenthau said. It was a book I could not put down. Each character's story was so intriguing and then so expertly pulled together at the end. It would be a challenge for my students, but I absolutely recommend this for young teens and beyond. The message is powerful and will warm any heart. An excellent choice, Mr. Ridge said.
 
5
   Wonderfully different book!
The author has a very easy to read, interesting writing style, Grunwald said. The three main stories showed three very different moments in history and each had very likable main characters that I fell in love with. It was a great team effort, said Blair.
 
5
   Surprisingly thought it was good.
Interesting to read of the travels of a harmonica through time and people. It's a surprise we all thought it was good.
 
5
   My 9 YO Grandson and I Both Loved This Book
I read this book from China to my 6 and 9 year old grandsons in the Philippines, and they all said, "Mema, I loved EVERY WORD of that story!" It's a book made up of several equally enchanting plot lines that interweave into one beautiful tale. The resolution was satisfying and rich, Mr. Rule told the judge. There were none of the frustrating but what about''s that plague some books with multiple threads, he said. Several of my friends and I have read several books a week. This was one of the best books I've ever read and I chose it to read to my grandkids. Ha!? I'm both thrilled and disappointed that it was over and I can't wait to see what the new book brings to the table.
 
5
   Uplifting!
With the negativity and darkness that we seem to be bombarded with on a daily basis this excellent novel brings with it a prescription to alleviate those aforementioned symptoms. If you have the opportunity, I would say that if you have the opportunity, please get the audiobook version because the musical theme throughout that just embellishes the storyline. You feel connected to the characters and become engrossed in their thoughts and feelings. Highly recommend the audio version.
 
5
   My 11 year old loves this book! (She said this one was easier to follow than Esperanza Rising).
I'm 6 years old and absolutely love this book. She read Esperanza in 5th grade, for school, and talked non-stop about how much she enjoyed that book, so I bought Echo Rising for one of her summer reading books. It's a winner! bought Echo because I thought she may like it since it's written by the same author, but I found it to be a well-liked book. She told me I would like it as well, so I'm next, she said. Maybe I'll add to this review when I'm done, but I know for sure that one 11 year old girl LOVES it! By the way, Esperanza is a wonderful book that I highly recommend for young people, especially during these challenging times with the virus and the changing economy, said Dr. Goin.
 
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