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From The CriticsEcho, an Anasazi Indian girl, grows up during the dissolution of the Anasazi civilization. She lives a carefree life until she is 12, when she catches a baby falling from a cliff—considered a miracle. One of the High Priests takes her for a wife and agrees to teach her the secrets of the stars and planets. Echo lives with the old man in a high cliff. Then problems start to occur: Vandals raid the village several times and kill tribe members. The sun seems to be eaten by the clouds; this bad sign forces the Indians to ask the High Priests to intervene, but they cannot. Eclipses are known only to the High Priest married to Echo, and only as a myth. Then there is a drought. They have overused their land, but she cannot get anyone to stop, and the Indians start to leave in great numbers. Echo learns about their religion and becomes the only girl who can hunt game; there is hope some Indians will return to join Echo in raising crops and hunting. 2005, Brown Barn Books, 192 pp., Ages young adult.