Pam Munoz Ryan is the recipient of the Newbery Honor Medal and the Kirkus Prize for her New York Times bestselling novel, Echo, as well as the NEA's Human and Civil Rights Award and the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award for multicultural literature for her body of work. Her celebrated novels, Echo, Esperanza Rising, The Dreamer, Riding Freedom, Becoming Naomi Leon, and Paint the Wind, have received countless accolades, among them two Pura Belpre Awards, a NAPPA Gold Award, a Jane Addams Children's Book Award, and two Americas Awards. Her acclaimed picture books include Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride and When Marian Sang, both illustrated by Brian Selznick, and Tony Baloney, illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham, as well as a beginning reader series featuring Tony Baloney. Ryan lives near San Diego, California, with her family.
Awards and Praise for Echo: A New York Times Notable BookA Publishers Weekly Best BookAn ILA Notable Book for a Global SocietyAn ALA Notable Children's BookWinner of the 2015 Kirkus Prize for Young Readers* The story of Otto and the cursed sisters honor timeless and traditional folktales [and] Ryan has created three contemporary characters who, through faith and perseverance, write their own happy endings, inspiring readers to believe they can do the same. -- School Library Journal, starred review* A grand narrative that examines the power of music to inspire beauty in a world overrun with fear and intolerance. -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review* Each individual story is engaging, but together they harmonize to create a thrilling whole. -- Publishers Weekly, starred reviewA masterpiece. -- Christopher Paul Curtis, author of Newbery Medal-winning Bud, Not BuddyDaring and beautiful. --Linda Sue Park, author of Newbery Medal-winning A Single Shard