Winner of a 2016 Newbery Honor, ECHO pushes the boundaries of genre, form, and storytelling innovation.

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. 
Richly imagined and masterfully crafted, this impassioned, uplifting, and virtuosic tour de force will resound in your heart long after the last note has been struck.

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  • Rebecca McNutt
    Aug 25, 2016

    Rebecca McNutt

    Echo is a truly original and amazing novel, a story of how the smallest and most ordinary things are the most magical. ...

  • debra
    Jul 15, 2016


    Audio3.5 Oh dear- I feel soooo out of step with everyone else. It was sweet-it was a fairy tale. Audio version most definitely enhanced experience . The writing geared to younger audience...maybe as an adult I found it -um, boring. Many reviewers didn't like the ending- I did-tied it a...

  • Amy
    Jul 7, 2016


    A book worthy of great mention is the type of book:a)That makes you ache when closing the back cover. b)That makes you mourn when you say goodbye to its characters. c)That has characters who live in your heart long after you have finished it. d)That will bear recommendation for years t...

  • Jessica Prescott
    Jun 12, 2016

    Jessica Prescott

    Friends and neighbors, I have an exciting announcement to make. *clears throat* Y'all need to read this book. And when I say you need to read it, I mean you need to read it TODAY. It's just . . . it's just so . . . I MEAN . . . *falls on the floor in a heap and hyperventilates because ...

  • Elyse
    Jun 7, 2016


    10 hours of listening.....The audiobook is *enchanting* within seconds from the start ... Otto is playing a game of hide and seek with his friends. He drifts further into the woods.....sits down by a tree, and begins to read a book he bought from a gypsy earlier that day. The historica...

  • Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE)
    Jun 6, 2016

    Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE)

    For a few hours, Echo healed my cynical heart with pure hope. Beautifully written and compelling, what I will call an historical fairytale - with all the hardships that come with it - enchanted me from the very first page, and my interest never wavered : Friedrich, Mike, Frankie, Ivy.....

  • Sherwood Smith
    May 19, 2016

    Sherwood Smith

    This was a beautifully written, clear yet complex, magical novel with a structure I really disliked.I think the best way to describe that structure is that the story is a frame tale, going from completely magical to our world, in which we meet, one after the other, three sets of charac...

  • Rachel Reads Ravenously
    May 14, 2016

    Rachel Reads Ravenously

    5 stars! “Everybody has a heart. Sometimes you gotta work hard to find it." So I read this book based on work recommendations from fellow librarians. These are the librarians who do not rate high very easily and all of them told me this book was a 5 out of 5. I had ZERO intere...

  • Jessica
    Apr 19, 2016


    A thought-provoking and gorgeous book, ECHO is a series of interconnected stories, held together by the golden thread of music in the form of a very special harmonica. I had heard rave reviews from friends who got advance copies of this, and the raves continued throughout the year. I r...

  • Taryn Pierson
    Apr 2, 2016

    Taryn Pierson

    Don’t read this book.Listen to it.It would be positively criminal to read a print copy of Echo when such a stunning audio version exists. Even if you’ve never tried an audio book, even if you swear it doesn’t count as real reading, get off your high horse and just try it...