Echo's Sister (Hardcover)

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El (whose real name is Laughter) is so excited for her first day at a new school- until she finds out her younger sister is seriously ill. Suddenly her life becomes endless worry, hospital visits, and sleepless nights- all while juggling old and new friends, bullies, and schoolwork. This is a beautiful book about growing up and seeking hope in the midst of adversity and uncertainty. El and her family feel so real and their story is relatable for anyone who has endured difficult times. A truly lovely, cathartic book about finding love, hope, and laughter in the darkest of times.

— From Kokie's Picks


From critically acclaimed author Paul Mosier, a Publishers Weekly Flying Start, comes a stunning story about the beauty of family, the power of community, and ultimately the strength of the human spirit.

Twelve-year-old El has planned on making her first week at a new school fantastic. She won’t go by her given name, Laughter. She’ll sit in the back of the classroom where she can make new friends. She won’t even have time to think about all the fun her old friends are having without her. Everything will be great.

But when her dad picks her up after school and tells her that her younger sister, Echo, has a life-threatening illness, her world is suddenly turned upside down. And with her parents now pressed for time and money, El feels lost and powerless.

Then she befriends Octavius, the only other kid in school who gets what she’s going through. As El begins to adjust to her new life, she soon finds that maybe a little hope and a lot of love can overcome any obstacle.

About the Author

Paul Mosier began writing novels in 2011 but has written in some fashion his entire life. He lives a short walk from the place of his birth in downtown Phoenix, Arizona, but it has been a very circuitous route that brought him there. He is married and is a father to two lovely daughters. He loves listening to baseball on the radio, eating vegetarian food, drinking coffee, talking nonstop, and riding trains. In fact, he has ridden most of the route described in Train I Ride, which is his debut novel. Visit him on Facebook or on his blog,

Praise For…

“Mosier writes from the older sibling’s perspective which gives this novel a fresh viewpoint. The details and dialogue ring true and will give middle graders an empathetic window into an emotional and deeply personal familial experience. A poignant tale.”
— School Library Journal

“Books like Echo’s Sister are the reason authors are told to ‘write what you know.’ Paul Mosier breaks your heart a dozen times over, then patches it back up so that it’s somehow larger than when you started.”
— Sarah Miller, author of Miss Spitfire

“Immediate and heartfelt. Ultimately positive and uplifting, but readers should keep a box of tissues nearby.”
— Kirkus Reviews
Product Details
ISBN: 9780062455673
ISBN-10: 0062455672
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: August 7th, 2018
Pages: 240
Language: English