Hi everyone, it’s Sarah!
Wolk’s Wolf Hollow was a runaway Newbery winner from the first time I read it, I just knew it would be awarded something. While this book was challenging both in content and in reading level, it felt like literature. I couldn’t wait to read more by this same author, so when I heard about Echo Mountain, I just had to read it.
In response to the Great Depression, Ellie and her family moved to the mountain, where they plan to live off of the land instead of trying and failing to live in the city. While Ellie and her father take to their new life easily, her mother and older sister struggle with the daily household needs. When a tree falls and puts Ellie’s father in a coma, the family blames her for being in the way and causing the injury. However, Ellie holds the secret of what really happened and she is determined to find the write medicine to make her father better. When Ellie unexpectedly meets the Hag of the woods, she quickly befriends her and her young apprentice. Ellie is learning medicine from the unlikely source and hopefully she can bring her father back to normal.
This novel was better than Wolf Hollow the author has a way with words. Wolk’s books read like literature and will challenge any young reader. The subjects and histories covered in this novel are unique and interesting. They are a great spark for further nonfiction reading and show readers that you may not be born with a knowledge but exploration and experimentation can get you there.