by Pam Munoz Ryan
Scholastic Press, 2015

From its very first page, I could feel myself being drawn into this story.  Before cracking its covers, I assumed the 561 page book would take three weeks to complete, but I savored every last word on day nine—and, of course, ordered another Pam Munoz Ryan novel!

Echo weaves five stories around a harmonica cast with a witch’s spell.  After the witch does her magic, we experience four stories, as distinct and different as they can be, except they all evolve around music and this special harmonica.  From Germany to both coasts in the US, we follow intriguing young characters re-shaped by the harmonica’s spell.  And the ending is to live for.  Shock.  High emotions. Unexpected.  Satisfying.

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