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Echo Mountain

By: Lauren Wolk
Narrated by: Holly Linneman
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Publisher's summary

“Historical fiction at its finest.” (The Horn Book)

"...there has never been a better time to read about healing, of both the body and the heart." (The New York Times Book Review)

Echo Mountain is an acclaimed best book of 2020! An NPR Best Book of the Year • A Horn Book Fanfare Selection • A Kirkus Best Book of the Year • A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year • A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year • A Chicago Public Library Best Book of the Year

After losing almost everything in the Great Depression, Ellie’s family is forced to leave their home in town and start over in the untamed wilderness of nearby Echo Mountain. Ellie has found a welcome freedom, and a love of the natural world, in her new life on the mountain. But there is little joy after a terrible accident leaves her father in a coma. An accident unfairly blamed on Ellie.

Ellie is a girl who takes matters into her own hands, and determined to help her father she will make her way to the top of the mountain in search of the healing secrets of a woman known only as “the hag”. But the hag, and the mountain, still have many untold stories left to reveal.

Historical fiction at its finest, Echo Mountain is celebration of finding your own path and becoming your truest self. Lauren Wolk, the Newbery Honor- and Scott O'Dell Award-winning author of Wolf Hollow and Beyond the Bright Sea weaves a stunning tale of resilience, persistence, and friendship across three generations of families.

"Soothing and exquisitely written." (People)

"This is a book that will soothe readers like a healing balm." (The Wall Street Journal)

"Brilliant." (Lynda Mullaly Hunt, best-selling author of Fish in a Tree)

©2020 Lauren Wolk (P)2020 Listening Library

Critic reviews

"Lauren Wolk has woven a mesmerizing, poignant tale - a story laced with grit and pluck about having the courage to carve out one’s own life. Brilliant." (Lynda Mullaly Hunt, best-selling author of Shouting at the Rain and Fish in a Tree)

"Complex and fiercely loving, Ellie is a girl any reader would be proud to have as a friend.... Woven with music, puppies, and healing, Wolk’s beautiful storytelling turns this historical tale of family and survival into a captivating saga." (Booklist, starred review)

"[A] magnificently related story of the wide arc of responsibility, acceptance, and, ultimately, connectedness.... A luscious, shivery delight." (Kirkus, starred review)