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Echo (2015)

by Pam Muñoz Ryan

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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.… (more)
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Well crafted tales interwoven by the common thread of a harmonica blessed, by a spell that delivers it to those in distress, and a quality that fortifies the Spirit of musicians and audiences alike, with a message of mankind’s unity in love. (Accompanied by music in the audiobook format) ( )
  TraSea | Apr 29, 2024 |
Excellent book. I highly recommend listening to this book rather than reading it. All four protagonists are musicians, and I think you will appreciate the story more if you hear the music as you read it, at least I did.
  mjphillips | Feb 23, 2024 |
An epic masterpiece. ( )
  LibrarianDest | Jan 3, 2024 |
OH MY GOODNESS. I fell in love with this book. My coworker always recommends it to patrons on the bus and yes, I have been interested by it. But now I finally grabbed it for myself.

I was nervous at first. We start in a funky fantasy scene that made me skeptical of the book. But then we drifted into stories from World War II Germany, the California of Japanese Internment camps, and others.........We followed a harmonica that touches lives and carries a story all its own. I was shocked by the poignancy of the story, the deep topics the story tackled. Boy oh Boy, do I wish this has won the Newbery Medal over "Last Stop on Market Street."

I don't often buy newer children's chapter books. (I don't think most are written well or will last the test of time.) But I fully intend to buy this book. ( )
  msgabbythelibrarian | Jun 11, 2023 |
I read this book in the strangest conditions (and that's not even counting the fact that I read it during social distancing to avoid Covid-19!) - I had exactly enough time left on my library loan to finish this book listening at 2X speed before it automatically returned. And there is a several weeks long wait list. So, I powered through it and finished with less than 20 minutes to spare. And still... it was SO GOOD. I highly recommend it. It starts like a fairy tale, which is a thing I typically can't get into. Then, there are three distinct, apparently unrelated stories - abrupt changes in storyline often bug me. But they are all lovely and hopeful, and the ending is just wonderful. A perfect listen during crazy times. ( )
  CarolHicksCase | Mar 12, 2023 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Ryan, Pam Muñozprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Andrews, MacLeodNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bramhall, MarkNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
de Vries, DavidNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Soler, RebeccaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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Fifty yeas before the war to end all wars, a boy played hide-and-seek with his friends in a pear orchard bordered by a dark forest.
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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.

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