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Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan
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Your fate is not yet sealed.
Even in the darkest night, a star will shine,
A bell will chime, a path will be revealed.

This book begins and ends as a fairy tale, just what I had been looking for. In between, it contains three stories of musically gifted young people facing extremely difficult situations. Their stories echo one another though their lives are completely different...except for the possession of one very special harmonica.

I couldn't stop smiling through Part Four, an enchanted evening indeed.

I wobbled in the middle, because the stories seem sad. But that's the point: you don't see how things will end while you're in the middle. So you need some beauty and light, and music is an excellent provider of both.

"Some of the parents are asking why the school district is paying for a music teacher during a war. But Mr. Daniels says everyone needs a little beauty and light in their lives, especially during the worst of times" (529)
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Reading Progress

September 1, 2016 – Shelved
September 1, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
Started Reading
October 29, 2019 – Shelved as: young-adult
October 29, 2019 – Finished Reading

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