Newbery Honor Book
New York Times Bestseller
This impassioned, uplifting, and virtuosic tour de force from a treasured storyteller follows three children, in three different times and places, whose lives mysteriously intersect.
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.
Richly imagined and masterfully crafted, Echo pushes the boundaries of genre, form, and storytelling innovation to create a wholly original novel that will resound in your heart long after the last note has been struck.
The fairy tale that opens this elegant trio of interconnected stories from Ryan (The Dreamer) sets the tone for the rest of the book, in which a mystical harmonica brings together three children growing up before and during WWII. Friedrich, an aspiring conductor whose birthmark makes him an undesirable in Nazi Germany, must try to rescue his father after his Jewish sympathies land him in a prison camp. In Pennsylvania, piano prodigy Mike and his brother, Frankie, get a chance to escape the orphanage for good, but only if they can connect with the eccentric woman who has adopted them. In California, Ivy Maria struggles with her school's segregation as well as the accusations leveled against Japanese landowners who might finally offer her family a home of their own. Each individual story is engaging, but together they harmonize to create a thrilling whole. The book's thematic underpinnings poignantly reveal what Friedrich, Mike, and Ivy truly have in common: not just a love of music, but resourcefulness in the face of change, and a refusal to accept injustice. Ages 10 14.
This book is amazing I love it so much! I love how there is 4 perspective and it's so good it's worth the money
Longest Book I’ve Ever Read
ECHO is a good book, but I did have somewhat some trouble reading it in time for my book report, but if you are bored of the short books then pick up Echo. Echo inquires of which when Otto starts in the forest and gets a bump and meets Eins, Zwei, and Drei, including a harmonica. The harmonica somewhat has an M on it, which questions the others.
The lovely music of a harmonica travels throughout three children: Friedrich, Ivy, and Frankie. They all meet which hearing such the harmonica’s beautiful sound makes them all get interested.
I figured this book from my fourth grade friend Giana DeVito, who said it was hard, but I braved up the challenge to read it.
I almost hadn’t finished Echo in time, but the book is a page-turner.
The book is hard for me, but I loved it anyway with musical instruments and all — so magical and soft.
Amazing recommend for everyone!
Read till the ending or you won't get the amazingness it truly is.