Author(s): Pam Munoz Ryan
Music, magic, and a real-life miracle meld in this genre-defying masterpiece from storytelling maestro Pam Munoz 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.
Praise for "Echo" * "A grand narrative that examines the power of music to inspire beauty in a world overrun with fear and intolerance, it's worth every moment of readers' time." --" Kirkus Reviews," starred review * "The book's thematic underpinnings poignantly reveal what Friedrich, Mike, and Ivy truly have in common: not just a love of music, but resourcefulness in the face of change, and a refusal to accept injustice." -- "Publishers Weekly," starred review Praise for "The Dreamer" Pura Belpre Award Boston Globe-Honor Book Award Honor ALA Notable *"An immaculately crafter and inspiring piece of text and art."-- "Publishers Weekly," starred review *." . . rich, resonant and enchanting."--"Kirkus," starred review *"The perfect marriages of text and art."--"School Library Journal," starred review *"All the feel of a classic . . . deeply rewarding and eminently readable."--"Booklist," starred review Praise for "Esperanza Rising" Pura Belpre Award Jane Addams Children's Book Award Winner ALA Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults *"Told in a lyrical, fairy tale-like style. . . . Readers will be swept up."--"Publishers Weekly," starred review *"Easy to booktalk, useful in classroom discussions, and accessible as pleasure reading, this well-written novel belongs in all collections."--"School Library Journal," starred review
Pam Munoz Ryan is the recipient of the NEA's Human and Civil Rights Award and the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award for multicultural literature. She has written more than thirty books which have garnered countless accolades including the Pura Belpre Medal, the Jane Addams Award, and the Schneider Family Award. Pam lives near San Diego. You can learn more about her at www.pammunozryan.com.