Monday, May 4, 2020

Bibliophile's Corner

Echo Mountain
by Lauren Wolk

Flap Copy Description:
When the Great Depression takes almost everything they own, Ellie's family is forced to leave their home in town and start over in the untamed forests of nearby Echo Mountain. Ellie has found a welcome freedom, and a love of the natural world, in her new life on the mountain. But there is little joy, even for Ellie, as her family struggles with the aftermath of an accident that has left her father in a coma. An accident unfairly blamed on Ellie.
Determined to help her father, Ellie will make her way to the top of the mountain in search of the healing secrets of a woman known only as "the hag." But the hag, and the mountain, still have many untold stories left to reveal and, with them, a fresh chance at happiness.

My Thoughts:
Since I'm a fan of Lauren Wolk's previous novels for young readers (Wolf Hollow and Beyond the Bright Sea), when I learned of her recent release - Echo Mountain - I couldn't wait to purchase a copy. I wasn't disappointed! Ms. Wolk's characters are, once again, multi-faceted, flawed, and unforgettable. Her plot is woven in an unpredictable pattern that is both entertaining and satisfying. The rural mountain is a remarkable setting for her extraordinary tale of courage, healing, and restoration. I highly recommend Echo Mountain to readers aged eight to twelve, & to anyone who enjoys a good read set in the natural world.

Click here to learn about the author, Lauren Wolk.