Pam Muñoz Ryan
Esperanza Rising


I read this after three readers with great taste recommended this middle-grade audiobook in the course of a week. This award-winning novel revolves around three children, in Germany, California, and Pennsylvania, whose lives are connected by music—and a harmonica with a magical past. World War II also features prominently in the plot. The multiple narrators bring it to life, with a fun musical accompaniment in just the right places.

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