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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, [2015]
ISBN: 9780545576505
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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From a voter, "This is a book my kids, 10 and 13, can read again and again. The book is significant in size, but easy and fun to read."

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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.

Nov 18, 2018

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

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!

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

Feb 22, 2017

Hands down one of the best audiobooks ever produced. I was enchanted by the interwoven music and am now in love with the harmonica! This beautiful book explores some fairly dark themes and events that have happened in history with WWII, and it will easily be a catalyst for discussing these events with parents and classmates.

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.

CMLReads_Kristin Aug 31, 2016

A lovely story about the power of music to get people through difficult times. Set against the back drop of WWII, a harmonica makes its way from Germany to the United State and through the hands of three very different children. Excellent on audio because of the aye ion the producers paid to replicating the harmonica music described in the text.

Jun 11, 2016

I really liked this book! I loved how the story built up and the end of each part left me hanging until the end

PimaLib_MaryG Apr 18, 2016

A magical harmonica takes us from the land of fairy tales to a series of interconnected tales in the very real world of the the depression and World War II. Each tale stops at a critical moment that leaves the reader wanting more and they all fit nicely together at the end. this book hooked me and kept my interest.

CATLIN Apr 18, 2016

Amazing story! So magical... I was sorry when it ended. 6th grade up.

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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."

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.”

Apr 14, 2017

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

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."

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.”

Apr 14, 2017

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

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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