Academic journal article Language Arts

Echo

Academic journal article Language Arts

Echo

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Echo Written by Pam Muñoz Ryan Scholastic, 2015, 585 pp., ISBN 978-0-439-87402-1

Echo is a powerful story about three children who have challenging lives in which a magical harmonica helps each of them. The book begins with a fairy tale in which Otto is lost in a forbidden forest and meets three sisters. Then the book shares three separate stories in three sections. First, readers meet Friedrich in Nazi Germany who has a birthmark on his face and has been given the nickname Monster Boy. Friedrich dreams of becoming a conductor and moves his hands to music that only he can hear. His classmates make fun of him, but the magical harmonica gives him strength. Next, readers meet Mike in Pennsylvania who is in an orphanage waiting for a family to adopt him. Mike plays the piano and learns the harmonica easily. …

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