Echo

Echo

A Novel

Book - 2015
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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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Scholastic Press, c2015
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780439874021
Branch Call Number: J RYA
Characteristics: 585 p. ;,22 cm

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GreenNinjaGirl
Jun 29, 2020

I absolutely LOVE this book!!! It has such a good plot and a beautiful conclusion. I must say that I am partly biased in this review as I REALLY REALLY LOVE books that have multiple stories going on at the same time. It truly is a work of art. Tells 4 stories at once. The story of Friedrich who is a boy living in Germany ruled under Hilter. Mike who is an orphan in Pennyslyvania. And Ivy a Mexican American living segregated in California. Each kid has a different story and all contribute in the tale of 3 sisters and a harmonica... 11+

JCLZainabF Apr 03, 2020

Echo was a well-crafted story with adventure, mystery and a powerful sense of hope. The book brilliantly ties in three different story lines together through a harmonica. The harmonica also happens to be a key to release three princesses from a curse, which was unique.

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navy_dolphin_421
Nov 05, 2019

A uniquely crafted story. I loved reading this book, and will randomly pick up the book to flip to my favorite parts!

JCLCharlesH Oct 17, 2019

This wonderful novel was a joy to read. A fast paced character driven plot revolving around music, this is great for young and old readers alike. I loved this book, and it was my favorite discovery of the 2019 Librarian's Read challenge.

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becker
Aug 13, 2019

Really enjoyable middle grade fiction with a great message subtly woven into the story line.

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AMDLibrary
Dec 04, 2018

One the richest reads I've come across. "Echo" is absolutely enchanting with a fairytailish essence that melds with the harsh realities of war, loss, racism and then the brilliance of hope, action and love woven throughout with music. Thoroughly enjoyed every character and aspect of this masterpiece. My first encounter with this author has proven to be an extraordinary experience.

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mht2008
Nov 18, 2018

Great book! Great literature and interwined destiny. Destiny ties everything together. You don't know who destiny ties you with.

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annphi
Jan 22, 2018

A book so touching, the characters and story will linger long after the last page. In today's tumult, this is a book that reminds us that without music, there would be little beauty. An endearing read!

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 02, 2017

Echo was a long book but was worth every page! Every perspective was carefully crafted and different to each extent. The background story was well thought out too, and this lead to a continuous unique setting for all three POV’s. Some stories were set in World War 2 whereas each one was different and the characters faced different issues and complications in their lives. A great novel for anyone who is into a mysterious and more complex novel, and also for all music lovers! The harmonica is one of the most important factors of this book and the musical aspect was presented nicely. The characters are sure to stay with you forever! Rating 4/5
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

MissLauraStorytime Nov 18, 2016

My favorite children's novel of 2015 seamlessly interweaves a fairy tale into historical fiction, telling the story of three children and their families, in different parts of the world, at different times, whose lives are all changed for the better by a harmonica. Recommended for children, teens, and adults who enjoy complicated stories and sagas.

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GreenNinjaGirl
Jun 29, 2020

GreenNinjaGirl thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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Feb 10, 2019

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Feb 18, 2018

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Feb 12, 2018

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Feb 19, 2016

blue_dog_20608 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 90

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Feb 11, 2016

blue_horse_1708 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 99

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Tyme4u
Jun 10, 2018

"Your fate is not yet sealed.
Even in the darkest night, a star will shine,
a bell will chime, a path will be revealed."

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“Music does not have a race or a disposition!
... Every instrument has a voice that contributes. Music is a universal language...Music surpasses all distinctions between people.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“A weight pressed on his heart. How could he want something and fear it so much at the same time?”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“Mrs. Potter said you were a kind and loving soul, underneath all the rest. I guess that means your heart's so sad that it's hard to get out from under the weight. When I was sad about my mother dying, Granny used to say grief is the heaviest thing to carry alone. So I know all about that."

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“She said people on hard times deserved to have beauty in their lives as much as anyone else, whether or not they could pay their rent or were walking to a breadline. Granny said that just because someone was poor didn't mean they were poor of heart.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“Everybody has a heart. Sometimes you gotta work hard to find it"

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

"Music does not have a race or a disposition! Every instrument has a voice that contributes. Music is a universal language. A universal religion of sorts. Certainly it's my religion. Music surpasses all distinctions between people."

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