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Echo North
by Joanna Ruth Meyer


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"Epic and engrossing. Magic pulsates through every page." -- Kirkus, starred review

..".a compelling, satisfying romantic adventure with metafictional undertones." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

"A marvelous, enchanting tale about the power of love and stories."
--Rosamund Hodge, New York Times bestselling author of Cruel Beauty

..".beautifully written retelling..." - School Library Journal

Echo Alkaev's safe and carefully structured world falls apart when her father leaves for the city and mysteriously disappears.  Read more...


 
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Overview

"Epic and engrossing. Magic pulsates through every page." --Kirkus, starred review

..".a compelling, satisfying romantic adventure with metafictional undertones." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

"A marvelous, enchanting tale about the power of love and stories."
--Rosamund Hodge, New York Times bestselling author of Cruel Beauty

..".beautifully written retelling..." - School Library Journal

Echo Alkaev's safe and carefully structured world falls apart when her father leaves for the city and mysteriously disappears. Believing he is lost forever, Echo is shocked to find him half-frozen in the winter forest six months later, guarded by a strange talking wolf--the same creature who attacked her as a child. The wolf presents Echo with an ultimatum: if she lives with him for one year, he will ensure her father makes it home safely. But there is more to the wolf than Echo realizes.

In his enchanted house beneath a mountain, each room must be sewn together to keep the home from unraveling, and something new and dark and strange lies behind every door. When centuries-old secrets unfold, Echo discovers a magical library full of books- turned-mirrors, and a young man named Hal who is trapped inside of them. As the year ticks by, the rooms begin to disappear and Echo must solve the mystery of the wolf's enchantment before her time is up otherwise Echo, the wolf, and Hal will be lost forever.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781624147159
  • ISBN-10: 1624147151
  • Publisher: Page Street Kids
  • Publish Date: January 2019
  • Page Count: 400
  • Reading Level: Ages 14-UP
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.9 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds


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Books > Young Adult Fiction > Fairy Tales & Folklore - General
Books > Young Adult Fiction > Fantasy - General

 
BookPage Reviews

Echo North

An enchanting story about a book-loving girl who’s shunned by gossipy villagers and the evil stepmother who forces her to leave home may seem more than a little familiar to even the most casual Disney fan, but author Joanna Ruth Meyer (Beneath the Haunting Sea) lovingly builds upon recognizable tropes from classic fairy tales while still making her latest YA novel, Echo North, feel fresh and original.

When she was a child, Echo Alkaev was mauled by a white wolf in the woods, leaving her with a face covered in scars. Ostracized by her cruel peers, her only sources of companionship are her doting father and older brother, who treasure her intellect and the “echo” of her dead mother’s love and beauty that they see within her. But Echo’s small happiness is shattered with the arrival of her father’s new wife, who mocks Echo in private and plunges the family into debt. When Echo’s father sets off to sell his rare books, he becomes lost in the wintry woods. Echo finds him unconscious in the snow with the very white wolf who attacked her so many years ago. To save her father’s life, she strikes a curious bargain: She will live alone with the wolf for one full year, and she cannot tell her family where she’s going or have any contact with them. 

Meyer takes a hard left turn into the fantastical as Echo joins the talking wolf in his house under the mountain, a beautiful but dangerous estate guarded by the North Wind and filled with old magic and enchantment. As Echo learns how to care for the cantankerous old house, including its charmed library and shifting rooms, she makes friends in unexpected new worlds and takes ownership over her life’s direction. And of course, the closer she gets to the wolf, the more determined she is to break the spell that binds him to his animal form.

Based on the Norwegian folk tale “East of the Sun, West of the Moon,” this lyrical and romantic fantasy offers plenty for both YA lovers and fairy-tale connoisseurs to appreciate.

 

This article was originally published in the January 2019 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.

 
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