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Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan

This plump, multi-layered novel follows a musical instrument from 1933 Nazi Germany, where a boy who works in a harmonica factory is trying to rescue his father—jailed for Jewish sympathies—from a prison camp, to 1935 Depression-era Pennsylvania, where two brothers living in an orphanage attempt to stay together (the older, to protect the younger, joins Albert Hoxie’s Philadelphia Harmonica Band), to 1942 Southern California, where Ivy Maria Lopez must leave behind her school’s music program when her family becomes caretakers of a farm owned by a Japanese American family who have been recently interned in a prison camp. Each story is autonomous and compelling and then left on a knife’s edge—and the book ends (1951, New York, Carnegie Hall) with a revelation of how those stories intertwine and an assurance that music, in its beauty, has the power to mitigate bigotry and fear. A page-turner.  —Gā

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ISBN: 9780439874021
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Published: Scholastic Press - February 24th, 2015