Monday, October 5, 2015

Bibliophile's Corner

by Pam Munoz Ryan

Flap Copy Description:
Music, magic, and a real-life miracle meld in this genre-defying masterpiece from storytelling maestro Pam Muñoz Ryan.

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. 

My Thoughts:
This beautifully written and uniquely crafted novel is one of those stories that I'd hoped would not end! For me, its two main attributes are its extraordinary plot development and its cast of characters. Echo is one of those books that cannot be put in a box; its independent, yet interwoven story lines, emerge as a colorful tapestry in the final chapter. Exquisite! I highly recommend Echo to readers from the ages of eight to eighty. Bravo, Ms. Ryan!

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