Echo Mountain
Lauren Wolk

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Narrated By: Holly Linneman

Duration: 9 hours and 13 minutes

What to expect

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'Harper Lee has a worthy successor. Wolk is a big new talent' - The Times

An unforgettable novel from the award-winning author of Wolf Hollow and Beyond the Bright Sea.

1933. When Ellie and her family lose everything, they flee to Echo Mountain to build a new life. Ellie runs wild, exploring the mountain's mysteries. But the one she can't solve is who's leaving the gifts for her: tiny, beautiful wooden carvings of animals and flowers, dotted around the mountain for her to find.

Then Ellie's father has a terrible accident. Now he lies in a coma, while Ellie shoulders the blame for what happened. When she sets out to find a cure for him, she discovers Cate, the outcast witch, and Larkin, a wild mountain boy. From them she learns about being a healer, being brave - and about how there can be much more to a person than first meets the eye.

© Lauren Wolk 2020 (P) Penguin Audio 2020


Children's / Teenage fiction: Historical fiction, Children's / Teenage fiction: Action and adventure stories, Children's / Teenage fiction: Family and home stories, Children's / Teenage personal and social topics: Families and family members, Children's / Teenage fiction: Nature and animal stories

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It is a magical thing to step into a world created by Wolk . . . Captivating


Evocative and touching . . . In this complex, memorable novel, Wolk explores themes of social responsibility, modern versus traditional medicine, biological versus chosen family and more


Evokes the mountain environment in language so lovely that long passages read like a novel in verse . . . Ellie is a deeply appealing character, and her story feels right for this moment. A reader who wants to make a difference will appreciate the way she rolls up her sleeves and gets things done. And surely there has never been a better time to read about healing, of both the body and the heart

New York Times

Exquisitely layered . . . Powerful

Publishers Weekly

Lyrical and affecting

Wall Street Journal

Historical fiction at its finest

The Horn Book

Soothing and exquisitely written


Lyrical, timeless . . . A luscious, shivery delight