Echo Mountain

by Wolk, Lauren, 1956-

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When twelve-year-old Ellie and her family lose everything and move to a mountain cabin in 1934, she quickly learns to be an outdoors woman and, when needed, a healer.
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Booklist Review: "It is a magical thing to step into a world created by Wolk (Beyond the Bright Sea, 2017), even without any fantastic enchantment. In this instance, the story of Ellie and her family is a diamond glinting in the rough of the Great Depression, when poverty drives them from town to a more wild existence on a mountainside. Though her mother and older sister yearn to return to civilized life, Ellie thrives in this new environment. But they all must muster different brands of courage when an accident leaves Ellie's father in a coma. Though only 12, Ellie steps up to do many of the tasks, such as hunting and fishing, that had been her father's, all the while remaining determined to jar him back awake by any means possible. Her spirit and empathy eventually lead her far up the mountain to the cabin of Cate, aka the local hag, where Ellie discovers that Cate is herself ill with a festering wound. Compelled to help Cate as much as her father, Ellie learns and accomplishes more than she knew was possible. Complex and fiercely loving, Ellie is a girl any reader would be proud to have as a friend. Woven with music, puppies, and healing, Wolk's beautiful storytelling turns this historical tale of family and survival into a captivating saga."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "A girl realizes her standout gifts as a healer in this exquisitely layered historical novel set in Depression-era Maine. After the financial crash forces a tight-knit family of five to move from town to build a cabin on Echo Mountain, a tree-felling accident puts 12-year-old narrator Ellie's father into a coma. The family's struggle to survive intensifies, made worse by fears about whether their beloved father--a tailor turned woodsman who, like Ellie, loves the wild--will ever awaken. Complex family dynamics loom large amid day-to-day matters: Ellie's mother and sister long for their former life and blame Ellie for her father's state; Ellie, who discovers a gift for healing, further upsets them by trying to startle her father awake. When a dog leads Ellie to "the hag," a woman who knows about cures and is herself suffering, the girl lends a hand, resulting in further tensions, this time within the interconnected mountain community. Via strongly sketched cabin-life cadences and memorable, empathic characterizations--including, perhaps most vividly, of the wilderness itself--Newbery Honoree Wolk (Wolf Hollow) builds a powerful, well-paced portrait of interconnectedness, work and learning, and strength in a time of crisis. Ages 10--up. (Apr.)"
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Subjects Families Maine Juvenile fiction
Neighborliness Juvenile fiction
Depressions 1929 Juvenile fiction
Family life Maine Fiction
Neighborliness Fiction
Depressions 1929 Fiction
Historical Fiction
Juvenile Literature
Juvenile Fiction
Maine History 20th century Juvenile fiction.
Maine History 20th century Fiction.
Electronic books.
20th century
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :Penguin Young Readers Group,2020
Penguin Young Readers Group2020
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Audience Ages 10 & up
Grades 4-6
Language English
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ISBN 9780525555575
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