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Grades 4 - 8Grades 3 - 8Y4.987970
2016 Newbery Honor Book
New York Times Bestseller

An impassioned, uplifting, and virtuosic tour de force from a treasured storyteller!


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.
Hardcover, 592 pages
Published on February 24, 2015 by Scholastic Press
ISBN-10: 0439874025
ISBN-13: 9780439874021
41 Book Reviews
  • hollysnow
    hollysnow10 months55 stars
    Echo was really good once you got into it. At the beginning, it seemed fantasy fairytale but it was really good and cool when all the stories linked together. It also shows historical fiction as well.
    • chloele
      chloeleover 1 year55 starsFeatured
      Echo is a magical and heartwarming book about a story of Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California. Each have a turn to play an enchanted harmonica, which solves a puzzling quest of a Prophecy, a Promise, and a Harmonica. Even before the Harmonica ever reached the children, Otto the Messenger meets the three lost sister—Eins, Zwei, and Drei who were banished into the woods where the sun sets, and rises, but time never passes. To free the sisters, a harmonica travels from hand to hand, passed first by Otto when the time is right. By doing so, this unlocks a curse that is set upon the sisters: "A Messenger brought you about. One-and-the-same must bring you out. You may not leave in earthly form. Your spirits to a woodwind born. YOU save a soul from Death's dark door, or here you'll languish, evermore." Decades later during WW2, Friedrich finds the Harmonica which brings light in his life and goes on a dangerous journey to rescue his father. The Harmonica then travels into Mike's hands as he does his best to keep his brother with him. Finally, the Harmonica lands in California where Ivy tries to hold her family together. The Harmonica sparks hope for each child, and frees the three lost sisters, led by a Prophecy. "Your Fate is not yet sealed. Even in the darkest night, a Star will shine, a Bell will chime, a Path will be revealed." Friedrich, Mike, and Ivy comes together in a unified orchestra where they lie under the same stars, connected by the same silken thread of destiny, with their own suspenseful stories that converges into an orchestral crescendo.
      • the_grim_reader
        the_grim_readerover 1 year55 stars
        it was a really good book my favorite story was the last one and I just love how they all found each other. magic and wonder are always one of mine go to, I really recommend this book!
        • hedgeguin2
          hedgeguin2about 2 years
          Good book! So far it’s about Otto, who mysteriously meets three girls trapped in time and a harmonica. Soon he finds himself entwined in their prophecy, and decades later three people go on the same adventure to save people they love. Echo is also really long, so this will be good for people who don’t have many books to read now!
          • bsc
            bscover 2 years55 stars
            This book was awesome! One day Otto finds himself alone with 3 women and a harmonica. Decades later, Fredrich in Germany finds the harmonica, then Mike in Penslvannnia and then finally Ivy in California. In this 592 page book, readers will find themselves captured in the mystery and adventure that this book holds. Echo, by Pam Munoz Ryan truley is a wonder.
            • lylah26
              lylah26over 2 years55 stars
              i thought it be amazing because it was three different books in one and yeah UwU
              • jolee
                joleeover 2 years44 stars
                This book is awesome it has a really good vibe to it. It is all so really good because it has three parts that don't go together until the last part. I would recommend this book to every one.
                • infinitykid
                  infinitykidover 4 years
                  I think this book is amazing overall it has a great storyline. What I would add is more plot twists throughout the book would've made it a 10 out of 10 instead of 9 out of 10 in my personal opinion. This book also relates to the the current time that we're living in like snowybooks said. I also think that they could have added something that everyone can relate too I can relate to the racism and disrespect that happens in todays society but not everyone has to go through that so, I think they could've added something that everyone can relate too including younger readers. Overall this book is amazing and I would recommend it to anyone that is looking for a good book.
                  • rawtie
                    rawtieover 4 years55 stars
                    This is a masterpiece. The author used her words wisely. This is a heartwarming adventure that needs to be read.
                    • vikingsfan2008
                      vikingsfan2008over 4 years55 stars
                      Dudes this is awesome XD