Echo Mountain Mass Market Paperback
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The strong but struggling mother has lost her teaching job. The father, out of work as a town tailor, now must become a mountain man. There is a small boy ready to chase whatever comes next and the first-born daughter ill-suited to life without brushes, combs and clean sheets.
And then there is Ellie, the twelve-year-old girl. (Why are they always eleven or twelve?) She matches a tender heart with an unbending will to figure things out, to search, test, learn how.
Ellie’s determination to revive her father badly injured by a falling tree (an accident for which the family quietly blames her) leads her to inventive, if bizarre, treatments. Her quest eventually drives her high up the mountain into a world clouded by rumor and superstition. Yet through all the hard times come echoes of fine music put fallow, and small carvings given in mystery.
Lauren Wolk’s book is brightly lit by observations such as water cold and clear as “poured winter,” and of the people on the mountain, “looking for a way to survive until the world tipped back to well.” It’s those preceding thirteen words that best describe this enthralling story, a treasure for any age.