First, some information about the author. Pam Munoz Ryan has written 30+ books, many you've probably read or heard of, like Esperanza Rising, Paint the Wind, and Becoming Naomi Leon.
If you'd like to read about the author's life and see all of her books, you can visit her official web site.
Her newest book Echo is part historical fiction, part folk tale. She tells three separate tales: a German family at odds with one another about Hitler's politics; two orphaned brothers taken in by a wealthy, sad stranger; and a California immigrant family tasked with taking care of a farm left abandoned when the Japanese American owners are taken to an internment camp. Running through all three stories is a musical instrument that connects to the original folk tale that starts and ends the book.
If you enjoy historical fiction, especially stories set during World War II, Echo would make for some great summer reading!