by Pam Munoz Ryan


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ISBN-13: 9780439874021
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 02/24/2015
Pages: 592
Sales rank: 18,291
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 2.00(d)
Lexile: 680L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Pam Muñoz Ryan is the Newbery Honor winning author of the New York Times bestseller, Echo, as well as the recipient of the Kirkus Prize, the NEA’s Human and Civil Rights Award, and the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award for multicultural literature. She has written more than thirty books for young readers. Her celebrated novels, Esperanza Rising, Riding Freedom, Becoming Naomi Leon, Paint the Wind, and The Dreamer, have received numerous accolades, among them two Pura Belpré Awards, a NAPPA Gold Award, a Jane Addams Children's Book Award, and an Americas Award. Ryan's acclaimed picture books include Amelia andEleanorGo for a Ride and When Marian Sang, both illustrated by Brian Selznick, and Tony Baloney, illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham, as well as a beginning reader series featuring Tony Baloney. Her newest novel, Echo, is a NY Times bestseller described by Kirkus Reviews as "a grand narrative that examines the power of music to inspire beauty in a world overrun with fear and intolerance." Ryan lives near San Diego, CA with her family. You can visit her at

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Echo 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A friend suggested this book to me after she had read it to her eight-year-old son. They both fell in love with the three intertwining, wonderfully written stories. And so have I. Throughout the book, I kept wishing it were longer, that the tales could have continued on forever. Or even just 3,000 more pages. chuckle! Friedrich, Mike and Ivy will forever have special places in my heart. And one day, so will my daughter. She's only two-years-old for now.. but I'll start reading this book to her when she turns five. And perhaps read it to her every year afterwards so that I may revisit this wondrous message of unflailing hope, strength and love.
MariahEllis More than 1 year ago
This book was absolutely beautiful and moving. The author wove such an incredible and intricate story with several POVs that came together amazingly in the end. I found myself deeply invested in the characters and genuinely caring about what happened to them. I loved the way I could see them grow and develop. This is one of those books that I can see becoming a classic. Though it is a little lengthier than most books read in the classroom, I do think that it would fit in very well in that environment. I can already envision so many wonderful projects that could go along with the reading. If you have the opportunity, please listen to the audio. The music that is included really adds something special to the story.
vanhookcIA More than 1 year ago
Three cheers for author, Pam Munoz Ryan, on an exceptional piece of literature for children and young adults, ECHO. Not only is this a piece of historical fiction but it also has a magical flavor woven into its 585 pages. At the start of the story, little Otto buys a book and harmonica from a traveling Gypsy. As he begins to read the book about three sister’s under a witch’s spell, this magical story comes to life! He learns that he has a role in the story’s unwritten "blank pages" as three more stories begin to unfold -- all woven together by a silken thread of destiny -- about Friedrich (1933) living in Germany during the rise of Nazi power; Michael (1935) living in an Pennsylvania orphanage during the Great Depression, and Ivy (1941) living in a California barrio. Music gives all these main characters the strength to take refuge from their troubles, gain strength, and protect their loved ones. Ryan uses the harmonica to travel throughout these stories, bringing peace and happiness, solace and comfort to all of her characters. Otto, Friedrich, Michael, and Ivy lives are all impacted by the same harmonica. The reader sees this, yet the characters may never know! Though there are some powerfully difficult times in history covered in this book, Ryan keeps her story on a gentle, positive note, worthy of readers in 4th grade up! Through the harmonious use of music and lyrical language, she weaves together a story rich in family bond, bravery, human and racial tolerance, and kindness to all. For the reader wanting more, once this beautiful story has concluded, here’s a list of historical topics from the book to research: Nazi youth groups and WWII; orphanages during the Great Depression; California migrant farm laborers, Japanese Internment Camps, institutional racism and Mexican American education; the Hohner harmonica and the Harmonica Band Movement of the 1920s and 30s. Congratulations, Pam Munoz Ryan!
Anonymous 10 months ago
I can not believe I was able to finish this book. Long books like this don’t usually keep me hooked but this did and it changed my perspective on life. I have no words.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great book. Once I got into it i could not put it down! Great read for a young adult or adult.
Musicisawesome101 More than 1 year ago
Echo is a wonderful book that glues to your hands so that you can't put it down. It is full of adventure and leaves you at a cliffhanger every time that you finish a section or even just a chapter. It involves plenty of history including the following: Japanese Internment camps, Hitler's gain in power, and the Great Depression. There is one section at the end that raps up all of the story. I love how it weaves music throughout the whole story. There is one special instrument that is passed on throughout the book. The harmonica! There is so much more to it but you would have to read the book to find out! I highly recommend this book to all ages if you are interested in adventure and suspense. It is a thick book but it is worth the time. You just have to be patient. It shouldn't be too hard because of how interesting it is. #ReadEcho!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago