Posted in Children's Lit

Echo, by Pam Muñoz Ryan

22749539 (1)Echo
Pam Muñoz Ryan
2015 by Scholastic Press
ISBN – 9780439874021
Genre – Historical Fantasy
Age – Middle School
5 Stars

Three stories woven together by one fairy tale. Three beautiful stories of life, struggle, family, racism, and strength. The first, a young Jewish boy and his family struggle to live in Germany during the Rise of Hitler. The second, two orphans struggling to stay together as a family no matter what. The third, a family of farmers defending their rights for equality for themselves and their friends. Each one as heartbreaking and heartwarming as the last.

I hate to use the word magical for this book, because that is what everyone else is saying, but the thing is, that is exactly what it is. It is the kind of magic that hurts your heart, but also helps it in so many ways. After reading this book, I was in such amazement, but I was so sad that never again would I read it for the first time. The writing is fantastic, the characters are selfless, and wonderful, they are who I strive to be. They are wise beyond their years, while still carrying the innocence of childhood. The story is amazing and it is beautifully woven together. I think I could read this again and again. Seriously, READ THIS BOOK, no matter what your age.

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