Today’s FGR is another children’s novel that I really believe everyone should read. Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan is a sweeping piece of historical fiction that covers all of the major events in American history through the eyes of children and linked them together through a magical harmonica.
I wrote about Echo months ago and have recommended it to everyone for at least a year. Recently, a young reader told me they found the book “terrifying.” I was a little taken aback – I had not considered it scary at all.
But, that is the thing about fears. For me, the ocean is the most terrifying setting possible. So, a book set on a cruise ship is already terrifying. A submarine…..full shudder. For this child, this book reached into his deepest darkest psyche and kept him up reading until all hours. Thankfully, he found it thrilling!
Echo tells the story of three children struggling through some of the most difficult moments in modern history. The rise of Hitler’s Germany, the Great Depression and segregation in America are all experienced through the eyes of these young and brave kids. It is the harmonica – an immensely popular instrument in its own time – that provides a means of escape for the each of them.
But, the forces working against our little heroes provided enough tension and mystery to create fear in the younger reader. So, for today I recommend again the fabulous Echo.
Tell me, please!?
Have you ever read something that just terrified you (even though it wasn’t supposed to)?