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Winner of a 2016 Newbery Honor, ECHO pushes the boundaries of genre, form, and storytelling innovation.

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, this impassioned, uplifting, and virtuosic tour de force will resound in your heart long after the last note has been struck.

Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:587 pages

    Echo Reviews

  • Alienor ? French Frowner ? (of badger and SNAKE)
    Jun 06, 2016

    For a few hours, Echo healed my cynical heart with pure hope. Beautifully written and compelling, what I will call an historical fairytale - with all the hardships that come with it - enchanted me fro...

  • Amy
    Jul 07, 2016

    A book worthy of great mention is the type of book:a)That makes you ache when closing the back cover. b)That makes you mourn when you say goodbye to its characters. c)That has characters who live in y...

  • Rachel Reads Ravenously
    May 14, 2016

    5 stars! ?Everybody has a heart. Sometimes you gotta work hard to find it." So I read this book based on work recommendations from fellow librarians. These are the librarians who do not rate hig...

  • Elyse
    Jun 07, 2016

    10 hours of listening.....The audiobook is *enchanting* within seconds from the start ... Otto is playing a game of hide and seek with his friends. He drifts further into the woods.....sits down by a ...

  • Rashika (is tired)
    Mar 01, 2015

    ***This review has also been posted on The Social PotatoActual Rating 4.5This book. Oh my god this book. I'd be lying if I said I didn?t know what I was getting into before I started reading the boo...

  • Susan
    Mar 17, 2016

    585 pages of historical fiction magic! I started this one on the eve of a second snow day in a row (of snow days I am NOT a fan) and actually woke up the next morning wishing for snow day #3 so I coul...

  • Donalyn
    Apr 09, 2015

    Read twice. Still pondering it. The writing is lovely and the characters are memorable. ...

  • Pauline
    Jul 14, 2015 know the magic you felt the first time you read Harry Potter? Yeah, that.I felt that as I read this book - it's hefty and complex and there are multiple storylines - but, it is SO worth the ...

  • Colby Sharp
    Jan 08, 2015

    Ryan is a master storyteller. ...

  • Hannah Greendale
    Nov 28, 2016

    Echo opens like a fairy tale: Otto is lost in the woods and meets three strange women who tell him of a prophecy concerning a rare harmonica. Enter Friedrich, Mike, and Ivy - three children facing dau...