Book #3: Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan

My kids are back in school and I am excited to get back to sharing books with you. To transition into business as usual, I'm starting things off by highlighting my favorite reads from this summer. Today is day 3; let me tell you about book 3.

Book #3:  Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan

From Amazon

Lost and alone in 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, form, and storytelling innovation to create a wholly original novel that will resound in your heart long after the last note has been struck.


A few summers ago, we worked our way through audiobooks from the Little House one the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. This summer we revived that activity with the book Echo. We would only listen when all six kids were in the car. We listened on our way to the pool and library. We listened whenever we were all out and about. We listened and we finished just in time for school start. 

Some of us were more excited to listen than others, but by the end, we had all been hooked. Part historical fiction, part fantasy, part fairy tale, Pam Munoz Ryan follows a special, magical harmonica as it moves through the hands of three different children. She tells their stories individually but then manages to intertwine their stories wonderfully at the end. 

The audiobook was especially good to listen to as it incorporated the music from the book into the listening experience making the story come alive in a more complete way. 

If you have ever pulled this book off of a library shelf you know it is thick which can be a little intimidating depending on your reader. I loved reading this book years ago, but I really loved listening to it. Either way, you can’t go wrong.

Echo is an excellent story that is well-worth the read or listen.

(We found it on the Hoopla App and listened to it for free!)

What audiobooks have you and your kids listened to this summer and loved?