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Echo

Written by: Pam Muñoz Ryan
Narrated by: Mark Bramhall,David de Vries,Andrews MacLeod,Rebecca Soler
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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award, Middle Grade, 2016

Music, magic, and a real-life miracle meld in this virtuosic, genre-defying tour de force from storytelling maestro Pam Muñoz Ryan.

Lost and alone in the forbidden Black 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 becomes interwoven when the very same harmonica lands in their lives, binding them by an invisible thread of destiny. All the children face daunting challenges: rescuing a father, protecting a brother, holding a family together. How their suspenseful solo stories converge in an orchestral crescendo will resound in your heart long after the last note has been struck.

Richly imagined and structurally innovative, Echo pushes the boundaries of form and shows us what is possible in how we tell stories. With music by Corky Siegel.

©2015 Pam Muñoz Ryan (P)2015 Scholastic Inc.

What the critics say

"A riveting exploration of that which destroys and that which heals." (AudioFile)

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Treat yourself and listen to the audiobook

This is a book that is meant to be listened to. Do yourself a favor and listen to the audiobook. The story is great and the audiobook incorporates the music into the story- absolutely worth it.

This is my favourite kind of story. There's a bit of magic, and the story follows a harmonica through 4 storylines. You learn about each character and the role the harmonica plays in their life. Each of their stories reaches a climax, then the narrative switches to the next character. In the end, the stories interconnect and weave together for a beautiful ending.

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A book meant to be heard

The richness of this story is beautifully presented with its heartwarming music and soothing voices. I couldn't wait to get back into my car (where I listen to audio books) to hear if Frederick gets help or Micheal finds a home or how brave Ivy becomes. The harmonica links all three stories together and culminates in a triumphant ending, all the while interspersed with the haunting notes of instruments like the piano, cello and yes, the harmonica. #Audible1

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Awesome book!

Super super sad story but verry well written! I loved reading it! I definitely recommend it.

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The whole family loved this book!

Loved the history. Led to many interesting discussions. Would highly recommend it to families and teachers.

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Light hearted and Whimsical

A well told family tale that I found entertaining. I enjoyed the musical elements that added to the fairy tale feel of the book. Also really enjoyed how the harmonica linked all 3 stories together, and tied the story up in ending. For me it landed somewhere between "pretty good" and "I loved it".

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Wonderful

I’ve read more than 100 books to our boys and this story may be our favourite. An absolute treasure.

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pro book

veri gud book ok, so veri good i wat to red mor yes it is veri goodd storey and book

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Good story, good narration but...

I really did not like the musical interludes. I prefer to stay with my imagination and felt the music was an unwanted distraction.

The book was very good and was reminiscent of old story books and fairy tales.

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Really enjoyable read!!!!!!

listening to this story made me wish they had this in a movie I loved it it's a different type of novel hopefully one day they make a family movie out of it awesome.

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Surprisingly involving and delightful.

Very timely lessons for today. Chilling reminders of man's inhumanity to man wrapped up in stories of hope and triumph with just enough magic to bring it all together. Adults will get as mch out it as younger readers who will get to see what our collective recent history can teach us. I would like to see this read in schools and used as a teaching tool. Fruitful discussions to be had from this tale that will cast light on current affairs

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