Echo (CD-Audio)

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Heartbreaking, gut-wrenching, and ultimately soul-soothing, this is one of the most profoundly emotional books I have ever read. Part fairy tale and part historical fiction, Echo follows an enchanted harmonica across three dovetailing stories whose troubled young characters are separated by time and space but connected by the mystical power of music. As I was reading about these characters, I felt like author Pam Muñoz Ryan was introducing me to new friends – I laughed with them, I cried with them, I danced with them, and I embraced them. Their lives affected me deeply, and their stories will live with me forever. Handling heavy issues and upsetting themes with grace and optimism, Echo is harmony among discord, a modern classic that deserves to be passed down through the ages for generations to come. Read it and be enriched.

Jason

Description


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

About the Author


Pam Muñoz Ryan is the recipient of the Newbery Honor Medal and the Kirkus Prize for her New York Times bestselling novel, Echo, as well as the NEA's Human and Civil Rights Award and the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award for multicultural literature for her body of work. Her celebrated novels, Echo, Esperanza Rising, The Dreamer, Riding Freedom, Becoming Naomi Léon, and Paint the Wind, have received countless accolades, among them two Pura Belpré Awards, a NAPPA Gold Award, a Jane Addams Children's Book Award, and two Américas Awards. Her acclaimed picture books include Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride and When Marian Sang, both illustrated by Brian Selznick, and Tony Baloney, illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham, as well as a beginning reader series featuring Tony Baloney. Ryan lives near San Diego, California, with her family.

Praise For…


Echo*"The story of Otto and the cursed sisters honor timeless and traditional folktales [and] Ryan has created three contemporary characters who, through faith and perseverance, write their own happy endings, inspiring readers to believe they can do the same." --School Library Journal, starred review*"A grand narrative that examines the power of music to inspire beauty in a world overrun with fear and intolerance, it's worth every moment of readers' time." --Kirkus, starred review*"Each individual story is engaging, but together they harmonize to create a thrilling whole." --Publishers Weekly, starred review "A masterpiece." --Christopher Paul Curtis"Daring and beautiful." --Linda Sue ParkThe Dreamer*"An immaculately crafter and inspiring piece of text and art." --Publishers Weekly, starred review*". . . rich, resonant and enchanting." --Kirkus, starred review*"The perfect marriages of text and art." --School Library Journal, starred review*"All the feel of a classic . . . deeply rewarding and eminently readable." --Booklist, starred reviewEsperanza Rising*"Told in a lyrical, fairy tale-like style. . . . Readers will be swept up." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

Echo*"The story of Otto and the cursed sisters honor timeless and traditional folktales [and] Ryan has created three contemporary characters who, through faith and perseverance, write their own happy endings, inspiring readers to believe they can do the same." --School Library Journal, starred review*"A grand narrative that examines the power of music to inspire beauty in a world overrun with fear and intolerance, it's worth every moment of readers' time." --Kirkus, starred review*"Each individual story is engaging, but together they harmonize to create a thrilling whole." --Publishers Weekly, starred review "A masterpiece." --Christopher Paul Curtis"Daring and beautiful." --Linda Sue ParkThe Dreamer*"An immaculately crafter and inspiring piece of text and art." --Publishers Weekly, starred review*". . . rich, resonant and enchanting." --Kirkus, starred review*"The perfect marriages of text and art." --School Library Journal, starred review*"All the feel of a classic . . . deeply rewarding and eminently readable." --Booklist, starred reviewEsperanza Rising*"Told in a lyrical, fairy tale-like style. . . . Readers will be swept up." --Publishers Weekly, starred review
Product Details
ISBN: 9780545788373
ISBN-10: 0545788374
Publisher: Scholastic Audio Books
Publication Date: February 24th, 2015
Language: English