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Echo Mountain

Written by: Lauren Wolk
Narrated by: Holly Linneman
Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins

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"Soothing and exquisitely written." (People

"Surely there has never been a better time to read about healing, of both the body and the heart." (The New York Times Book Review

"A supple tale of struggle, ingenuity and the restorative power of generosity even in bitter times.... This is a book that will soothe readers like a healing balm." (The Wall Street Journal)

"Brilliant." (Lynda Mullaly Hunt, best-selling author of Fish in a Tree)

When the Great Depression takes almost everything they own, Ellie’s family is forced to leave their home in town and start over in the untamed forests of nearby Echo Mountain. Ellie has found a welcome freedom, and a love of the natural world, in her new life on the mountain. But there is little joy, even for Ellie, as her family struggles with the aftermath of an accident that has left her father in a coma. An accident unfairly blamed on Ellie.

Determined to help her father, Ellie will make her way to the top of the mountain in search of the healing secrets of a woman known only as “the hag”. But the hag, and the mountain, still have many untold stories left to reveal and, with them, a fresh chance at happiness.

Echo Mountain is celebration of finding your own path and becoming your truest self. Lauren Wolk, the Newbery Honor- and Scott O'Dell Award-winning author of Wolf Hollow and Beyond the Bright Sea weaves a stunning tale of resilience, persistence, and friendship across three generations of families, set against the rough and ragged beauty of the mountain they all call home. 

©2020 Lauren Wolk (P)2020 Listening Library

What the critics say

"Lauren Wolk has woven a mesmerizing, poignant tale - a story laced with grit and pluck about having the courage to carve out one’s own life. Brilliant." (Lynda Mullaly Hunt, best-selling author of Shouting at the Rain and Fish in a Tree)

"Complex and fiercely loving, Ellie is a girl any reader would be proud to have as a friend.... Woven with music, puppies, and healing, Wolk’s beautiful storytelling turns this historical tale of family and survival into a captivating saga." (Booklist, starred review)

"[A] magnificently related story of the wide arc of responsibility, acceptance, and, ultimately, connectedness.... A luscious, shivery delight." (Kirkus, starred review)

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  • Amber Adamson
  • 2020-09-17

Another really good story by Lauren Wolk.

I really enjoyed listening to this story I'm gonna go out and buy the book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-08-25

Just OK

My friends, who read this book, seemed to enjoy it much more. The syrupy narrator's voice doesn't match the intensity of the graphic injuries the characters endure along with their struggles. I would suggest reading this book rather than listening to it.

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  • grady mcnett
  • 2020-07-29

Read instead of listen

The book is fine—but very slowly paced. I really struggled to listen to the performance of the audiobook. The voicing of Samuel and Cate is painfully to listen to.

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  • RavenThrives
  • 2020-07-27

Absolutely Wonderful!

Just a great book, I hope the author can find a way to write a sequel. I want more!

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  • hkharrin
  • 2020-06-08

Love it!

We read this book as a family with our 10 year old daughter. We all loved it! Easy enough to understand and follow for our daughter, but with so many beautiful sentences and bits of wisdom for adults to enjoy as well.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-05-18

Learning a little at a time

A heart warming story of family, friends, and healing. It reminds us when we have a choice choose kindness with less judgement.