Author: Pam Munoz Ryan
Series: not applicable
Recommended for: Grades 6 and up
Pages: 585 pages
Call Number/Link: TEEN FICTION RYAN, P.
Lost in the Black Forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and finds himself entwined in a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica–and decades later three children, Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California find themselves caught up in the same thread of destiny in the darkest days of the twentieth century, struggling to keep their families intact, and tied together by the music of the same harmonica.
I’d heard a lot of positive buzz about Echo so decided to read it. The book was well-written and I appreciated that the children in the book were able to survive very difficult, seemingly hopeless situations thanks to music. (They were also helped by a magical harmonica). I’m a fan of books with intertwining stories which come together at the end of the book. There were moments when I couldn’t believe that the author would be able to pull off a logical ending that tied everything together, but she did. The downside of the book was that I cried when the sadness of the children’s situations overwhelmed me.
Echo would be a great choice for readers who like tearjerkers, historical fiction (particularly World War II), music, and books with entwined stories.