Thorndike Press

Echo Mountain

  • Lauren Wolk
  • Offered By: Thorndike Striving Reader
  • ISBN-10: 1432882465
  • ISBN-13: 9781432882464
  • DDC: Fic
  • Shipping Weight: 1.40 lbs ( .64 kgs)
  • 526 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released November 2020



A Newbery Honor-Winning Author
A Scott O’Dell Award-Winning Author

When the Great Depression takes almost everything they own, Ellie’s family is forced to leave their home in town and start over in the untamed forests of nearby Echo Mountain. Ellie has found a welcome freedom, and a love of the natural world, in her new life on the mountain. But there is little joy, even for Ellie, as her family struggles with the aftermath of an accident that has left her father in a coma. An accident unfairly blamed on Ellie. Determined to help her father, Ellie will make her way to the top of the mountain in search of the healing secrets of a woman known only as “the hag.” But the hag, and the mountain, still have many untold stories left to reveal and, with them, a fresh chance at happiness.

Age Range: 10 and up | Grade Level: 5 and up | Lexile Measure: NA


Customer Reviews

“[A] magnificently related story of the wide arc of responsibility, acceptance, and, ultimately, connectedness. . . . A luscious, shivery delight.”

— Kirkus Reviews (starred)

“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.”

— Booklist (starred)

“A girl realizes her standout gifts as a healer in this exquisitely layered historical novel set in Depression-era Maine. . . . Via strongly sketched cabin-life cadences and memorable, empathic characterizations - including, perhaps most vividly, of the wilderness itself - Newbery Honoree Wolk builds a powerful, well-paced portrait of interconnectedness, work and learning, and strength in a time of crisis.”

— Publishers Weekly (starred)

“A timely novel about surviving economic crisis but not today’s: Wolk’s tale is set in the Maine woods during the Great Depression. Soothing and exquisitely written.”

— People