Title: Echo: A Novel
Author: Pam Munoz Ryan
Recommended for: Grades 5-9
Call Number/Link: J Fiction Ryan, P.
Synopsis: 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.
This was a fabulous book but a little complex because of the different stories being told in parts and the endings revealed near the end. I thought the ending could have been better but you will definitely not look at a harmonica the same again. Imagery was fabulous and a good view on life during the War during the Hitler era as well as Pearl Harbor. I would recommend this book for a higher reader in 5th grade while middle school to beginning of high school would be appropriate. Definitely a good book to read aloud to a higher level classroom but it would take some time to complete.