Book Review: Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan

In the novel Echo, three stories are beautifully intertwined into one through the power of music and a harmonica. One story takes place in Germany during the 1930s when Adolf Hitler was chancellor. The main character of the first story, Friedrich, has a large birthmark on his face and a strong passion for conducting, which causes others to treat him differently. Friedrich and his family face challenges and hardships from the changes in Germany as the Nazis gained control, and their futures are forever altered. The next story takes place in Pennsylvania during the 1930s. The main character, Mike, lives in an orphanage with his brother Frankie. The two brothers are determined to stay together, but sticking together is a challenge when no one is willing to adopt two boys. The final story takes place in California during the 1940s around World War II. Ivy is a Mexican-American, and she has a strong passion for music that her parents do not care about. Ivy faces segregation because of her Mexican heritage, and she also sees widespread hate for Japanese-Americans after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. In the end, all three stories are tied together by the journey of a harmonica.
This book was a wonderfully orchestrated piece and one of my personal favorites! I loved the cliffhangers at the end of each story, and I really enjoyed all the connections I could make as the three separate stories were pieced together. Echo was a very heartwarming and charming novel. This book is perfect for anyone who likes historical fiction, music, or just a spectacularly crafted story!

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Rating: 5/5 stars

Reviewed by: Sarah (15) of MNHS

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