Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan – A Young Adult Novel


Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan has been echoing in my heart all weekend.

I’m not an avid reader of young adult novels.  So the arrival of of an almost 600 page one, did not tempt me.  Until I continued to see one rave review after another about Pam Munoz Ryan’s new book.  I decided to give it fifty pages.  Then, read fifty more and fifty more. Suddenly, I realized I was almost finished with the book.  This novel reads faster than most of the 300 page young adult novels I’ve read.

It’s classified as historical fiction; but includes magical realism.  Finding a historical fiction for young adults is often difficult.  Finding one that is interesting is even harder.  Finally I’ve found a go to for the assignment “You must read a historical fiction book.”  Now I just need to figure out how to convince a seventh grader this 585 page book reads faster than Divergent.  Any ideas?

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