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Echo's Sister

4.4  ·  Rating details ·  126 Ratings  ·  51 Reviews
Twelve-year-old El has planned on making her first week at a new school fantastic. She won’t go by her given name, Laughter. She’ll sit in the back of the classroom where she can make new friends. She won’t even have time to think about all the fun her old friends are having without her. Everything will be great.
But when her dad picks her up after school and tells her that
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published August 7th 2018 by HarperCollins
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Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: This book was written by my dad so I was allowed to read it before everyone else-that is why I am writing a review before it's initial publish date. I won't give any spoilers- just my thoughts and ultimately my overlook on the entire novel.

Since I am someone who's younger sister has cancer, I can relate to this book on an extremely personal level. Obviously this book was written for me and by someone whose life has also been affected by cancer, but I felt like the protagonist was so
Jacqueline Smith
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
* I was fortunate enough to receive an Advanced Reader's Copy of this beautiful book from the author/publisher. This in no way influences my review. *

I knew going in that this book was going to make me cry. Stories about childhood cancer are always tearjerkers, but I found this book particularly moving because like El, I have a little sister who is my favorite person in the world. And like Echo, my little sister has endured extensive hospital stays and undergone major medical procedures.

Now, my
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lynne
"Today is the first day of school, and it's gonna be fantastic." So begins twelve-year-old El's (legal name Laughter) narration is this tender, powerful, and uplifting novel. And her first day of seventh grade at a private arts academy is fantastic. A handsome, witty English teacher starts the day with a unit on Emily Dickinson, her most favorite poet ever. She quickly makes friends with Emy who invites her to join her for at lunchtime. El's mom packs her an almond butter and blackberry jam sand ...more
Leonard Kim
I am not going to rate this, though I would have given it a good rating. Reading about Mosier and his daughter, I don't know his reasons for making a book out of this, but since he did, he must want people to read it, and so we should, hard as it is. As for who can read it, I said, of Train I Ride, that his writing style seems more typical of what one would find in YA, despite the 12-year-old protagonist and lack of "mature content." I think that's true here too.
Jordan Henrichs
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Having two daughters, I have a soft spot for well written girls. I loved Echo's voice in this but as beautifully written as the book was, I couldn't escape the thought of how heartbreaking this had to be to write.
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The true measure of a book for me is one that makes me “feel” everything. This book, which I was fortunate enough to receive, as an ARC copy from the author, is just that type of book.

I laughed. I cried. I was angry.
I was so moved by El, the wise beyond her years, protagonist, her family and the eclectic
group of supporting characters.

I have never been to Manhattan, but this book allowed me to experience what it might be like to live there.
There were so many passages, that literally brought tea
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
- I received an ARC from the author prior to publication-

This book had me in tears more than once, not because it's a sad book, although it isn't a happy one, but because it showed me the supreme kindness of humanity, and reasons for hope and optimism in the face of scary things we can't control. When I picked this book up, I wasn't expecting something uplifting, but surprisingly, that's exactly what it was.
Destinee Sutton
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This reminded me of See You at Harry's by Jo Knowles. No one really wants to think about little kids dying, but of course it happens. People write heartbreaking books about it. I read those books even though I know I will be sad for days. The world of childhood cancer is not a fun world to dive into. But dive I did. I read this whole book on an airplane with my daughter sitting next to me happily absorbed in Frozen while I clutched her little hand and sobbed.

Reading literary fiction breeds empa
Anne girl
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This review is based upon my reading an advanced reader's edition.

This is a special story of a girl, her sister, their family and community. The characters and their lives together are so lovingly drawn and with such detail that we fall right into their world, a world where El, Echo's sister, experiences the heartlessness of the universe, along with the overwhelming goodness people can show to each other. I was touched by the verisimilitude of a father who tears off half a shopping list to give
Stephanie Elliot
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
You'd think a book about a little girl with cancer would be depressing but Echo's Sister is so not that! Filled with hope, dreams, and a great cast of characters, Echo's Sister gives the reader a peek into a slice of the world filled with humanity. If only EVERYONE in the world could be like the characters -- from Octavius, to Miss Numero Uno, and the piano man, these characters explode on the page! Beautifully written, I admit I cried through most of it, but it's uplifting and oh so very sweet. ...more
Beth Rodgers
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
'Echo's Sister' by Paul Mosier is a realistic and heartwarming story that truly gets to the heart of the matter. Twelve-year-old El is the main character, and even though she has planned for her first day of seventh grade to go off without a hitch, she comes home to devastating news - her younger sister is very ill and in the hospital. El comes to learn that her sister, Echo, has a rare form of cancer, and life as she knows it disappears, giving way to worry, doubt, and a host of other emotions ...more
Susan  Dunn
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: j-fiction
Laughter is about to start seventh grade at a new private arts academy after attending public school all her life. She is sad about leaving her old friends behind, but happy because she's going to introduce herself to everyone as "El" and finally be able to move away from her embarrassing name. El's father is a painter and her mother is a dress designer, and they actually met at this same school. El's first day goes off like gangbusters; she likes her teachers, the kids are nice, and there's eve ...more
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
WOW. This book hits close to home. I myself was a sick child in and out of hospitals, staying home from school. I remember the being both exhausted and bored. It was rough for me and I knew it was also hard on my siblings. After reading this book it gave me a better appreciation of all that they also suffered, emotionally, financially, physically. They also had a huge price to pay, all the things they had to sacrifice, the thing they needed but couldn't afford, time they lost with friends, all b ...more
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Could not put this book down. Absolutely love the characters and can completely see my fifth graders loving this book. It is a shorter book but with depth, beautiful characters and a sweet story. I think 4th through 7th graders can completely identify with El and her honesty. Heck, I even can identify with what she is thinking and going through. Very well written! Love it!
Jenn Bishop
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a moving story. I was so touched by El's experience with her sister's cancer and the incredible outpouring of support they found in their community. This is a great book for anyone who enjoyed COUNTING THYME.
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, ya
A Newberry contender.
Danielle Cloakey
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Raven Black
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
While I really enjoyed this, the writing is in a "debut author" style. And it is overly optimistic and "sweet" while dealing with a tough subject. With all that said, it is aimed perfectly at the audience of ages (high reader/concept understanding) eight or nine year old up to about 10 years old. However, a slightly older reader (eleven and twelve) could get something out of it as well. Therefore, it is one of those odd books that are ages 8 to 12 (with a young 13 being okay with it as well).

Jenny Staller
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed Mosier's debut novel, Train I Ride, so I intended to pick this book up eventually, but didn't plan on getting to it so soon. I just got a new order of books in and skimmed the first two pages, and was hooked enough that I had to take it home. Echo's Sister had the same type of compelling characters, heartfelt plot, and dramatic build as Train I Ride, but takes everything to the next level. I thought telling the story from El's point of view was a great choice (El's sense of humor kept ...more
Mary Sanchez
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: realistic
El, short for her name Laughter, has plans to make the most of her new school in New York City. It's an artsy school which her own parents attended. Her seventh grade teachers seem amazing and El even has someone to eat with at lunch. El's mom even packed a lunch of "almond butter and blackberry jelly sandwich, tahini cole slaw, and mango slices, " which shows their Bohemian artsy lifestyle.

Afterschool, El's dad meets her to walk home together. That was not in the plan, but neither is what he t
Kathy Anderson
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It was with both curiosity & reticence that I read Echo’s Sister by Paul Mosier (an uncorrected proof copy). I feared Echo’s Sister would pull me back into an abyss of sorrow because of my experience with childhood cancer. I was equally curious to see if Echo’s Sister would be a true story (not a sappy, predictable one) about the reality of childhood cancer.

I read the book in one sitting. I was drawn into Echo’s Sister with the first sentence. The story is beautifully told by El. El, Echo’s
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Cancer sucks. I don't know one person who hasn't somehow been affected by it. Parents might hesitate to allow their middle grader to read a book focusing on such a bleak subject matter. However, ECHO'S SISTER is far from bleak. Sure there are sad moments, because sure, cancer IS sad. Ironically, though, it was the one scene that was least connected to the cancer that got me reaching for the box of tissues. I won't spoil it, but it was a classroom scene with a sort of, kind of, nemesis-like chara ...more
Alexa Hamilton
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tween
I could not help but be completely absorbed in this story, even after I found out that El's sister had cancer. CANCER! And she's only 6. El is trying to cope with it, the way she has always coped with things, by writing in her tiny notebook. But some things are too big for the tiny notebook (and no, I said that, the book didn't make a big deal out of it). El and her family are so lovely and so real as they try to deal with this. Their community in Greenwich Vilage is a amazing--so close knit, it ...more
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This well-told story explores grief and depression through the eyes of a seventh-grade girl whose younger sister is struck with a rare form of cancer. There is nothing very unique about the story in a YA genre clouded with illness and rare tragedy, however, the story is well told and compelling all the way through. It is made sadder after learning that the author experienced the loss of his daughter to the same rare cancer that Echo is unfortunate to have. The only trouble with this is book is t ...more
LS Johnson
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book made me cry out loud. And I'm not saying this made the book worthy of 5 stars. But it added to the real emotions I felt throughout the book. The author's use of language and descriptions could only be described as magical and creative. Kudos for allowing the characters to maintain a sense of humor through a horrible reality. This book has made it to my personal library and is going on my list to recommend to the libraries I work for. I'm not sure why I didn't know that this was written ...more
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Someday, a sixth grader will be reading this book and discover a world where we still don't have a cure for cancer. While we live in this world, books like this give us a glimpse of life with a cancer patient in your family. If you have not seen cancer treatment up close and personal, it is impossible to really understand what life is like during that fight. Not all families have positive outcomes, but all families definitely could benefit from following the example of El's family. The support o ...more
Katie Reilley
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Twelve year old El (short for Laughter) is planning on starting her new school fantastically. But when her dad picks her up on the first day and shares some news that turns her family’s world upside down, she begins to feel lost and unheard.

Told from El’s point of view, readers see how a cancer diagnosis within a family can feel like so many obstacles in the way. With themes of hope, family, empathy, and community, this realistic fiction middle grade novel will have you cheering for El and her
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My first thought was, "Oh, another book about 'my sibling has cancer' and another NY family."
Oh, this is done so well. Initially, El is just struck dumb, not knowing what to think or how to react. Parents are supportive and very clued in, all while dealing with their own struggles. El's great concern had been fitting into her parents' alma mater as a 7th grader. Yet, her family's trial, has her drawing into herself. Rosier adeptly has one and then another of El's classmates reach out to her.
Ami Polonsky
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I meant to read a chapter or two of Echo's Sister, but I couldn't put it down. On the surface, this beautifully-written book is about El, whose little sister has cancer. But, the book is actually about community, family and hope. The final image in the last chapter nearly killed me. Congrats to Paul Mosier on another amazing book!
Aug 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: kid-lit
I LOVED Train I Ride so I had high hopes for this book. Once again I think Paul Mosier wrote an incredible main character. For me the trouble was in how unrealistic middle school was for El. For a guy who usually hits the adolescent nail on the head I was surprised how off this was. Still worth the read.
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