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Echo Mountain



by
Lauren Wolk

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Penguin Random House
Imprint
Dutton
ISBN
9780525555568

Awards and Honors
Publisher's Weekly Top 10 Best Middle Grade Books of 2020
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Social Issue: Harsh Realities of Life
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After the financial crash, Ellie and her family have lost nearly everything—including their home in town. They have started over, carving out a new life in the unforgiving terrain of Echo Mountain. Though her sister Esther, especially, resents everything about the mountain, Ellie has found more freedom, a new strength, and a love of the natural world that now surrounds them. But there is little joy, even for Ellie, as they all struggle with the sorrow and aftermath of an accident that left her father in a coma. An accident for which Ellie has accepted the unearned weight of blame.

Urgent for a cure to bring her father back, Ellie is determined to try anything. Following her heart, and the lead of a scruffy mutt, Ellie 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 mountain still has many untold stories left to reveal to Ellie, as she finds her way forward among a complex constellation of strong women spanning generations.

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Social Issue: Harsh Realities of Life

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

368

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

4.3: points 11

Lexile

690L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Sep 2020

Book Genres

Historical Fiction

Topics

Family life. Neighborliness. Great Depression (1929-1939). Twentieth-century history of Maine. Friendship. Illness. Accidents. Injuries. Girls and women. Rural life. Mountains.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

The Great Depression took many things from Ellie’s family–her parent’s jobs, their house, and their comfortable lives. They moved to property on Echo Mountain to start over and rebuild. And what the Great Depression didn’t take, the mountain did. Ellie lost the family that she once knew. Her mother and her sister, Esther, weren’t meant for life on the mountains, they said. And her father has spent the last several months in a coma due to an accident from a felled tree. Ellie carries the emotional burden of taking the blame for it and the physical burden of handling the manual tasks in his absence. But while the mountain takes, it also gives–carved trinkets, plants for healing, and friendships found in unexpected places. Wolk crafts an uplifting story of resilience and determination during a time when morale is incredibly low. She illustrates how people are multifaceted, and not always what they seem. In this novel, family can take many forms—the one you’re born into, and the one that finds you when and where you least expect it. The narrative does contain subtle but direct details involving maggots, blood, and wounds that will intrigue the most reluctant of readers but may be too much for those with a weak stomach. A heartfelt read and recommended first purchase for all collections. You can tell readers that the dog doesn’t die at the end.

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

The Great Depression took many things from Ellie’s family–her parent’s jobs, their house, and their comfortable lives. They moved to property on Echo Mountain to start over and rebuild. And what the Great Depression didn’t take, the mountain did. Ellie lost the family that she once knew. Her mother and her sister, Esther, weren’t meant for life on the mountains, they said. And her father has spent the last several months in a coma due to an accident from a felled tree. Ellie carries the emotional burden of taking the blame for it and the physical burden of handling the manual tasks in his absence. But while the mountain takes, it also gives–carved trinkets, plants for healing, and friendships found in unexpected places. Wolk crafts an uplifting story of resilience and determination during a time when morale is incredibly low. She illustrates how people are multifaceted, and not always what they seem. In this novel, family can take many forms—the one you’re born into, and the one that finds you when and where you least expect it. The narrative does contain subtle but direct details involving maggots, blood, and wounds that will intrigue the most reluctant of readers but may be too much for those with a weak stomach. A heartfelt read and recommended first purchase for all collections. You can tell readers that the dog doesn’t die at the end.

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