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Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan – Realistic/Historical Fiction/Fantasy – Release Date March 2015- I think I need to think about this novel for a long time. And perhaps reread it. I absolutely loved all the stories that tied together and reverberated with one another. What a gorgeous celebration of creativity and music. Somehow this story provides the reader with numerous characters that pull you in and make you care about them and become anxious about their situations. It was challenging to switch from one character’s story to the next because you’re left desperate to know what happens to the previous character but Pam Munoz Ryan’s talent fixes all that by the end of the book. Be prepared for heartache from one form to the next of how humans can treat one another unfairly and how human assumption and ignorance can be fought and survived. I don’t want to give away anything. This book made me want to go buy a harmonica for all my family members, including myself. I’ve missed novels from this amazing author and am so happy to have had the opportunity to enjoy this…
Book Talk: An old folktale. A harmonica. A war. A talented boy. Survivors. Another war. Communities. Tolerance. Music celebrations. Prepare for an adventure that will connect many people and celebrate music and miracles.
“Is there no room in this country for more than one way of thinking?”
“Music does not have a race or a disposition! Music is a universal language. A universal religion of sorts. Music surpasses all distinctions between people.”
“Miss Delgado was like a queen who lived in a castle. We were her subjects and every day she opened a treasure box and gave us jewels…”
Goodreads Summary: “Music, magic, and a real-life miracle meld in this genre-defying masterpiece from storytelling maestro Pam Muñoz Ryan.
Lost and alone 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 and form, and shows us what is possible in how we tell stories. The result is an impassioned, uplifting, and virtuosic tour de force that will resound in your heart long after the last note has been struck.”
About Pull up a chair, it’s a Saturday Book Share: I’ve had many books I review that I just want to feature. Simple and easy, celebrate a new book encounter. So that’s what Saturday Book Share is about for me, celebrating books! Perhaps some days I’ll share the book with a short reading of a portion. Or perhaps other days I’ll just share a glimpse of the book.
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