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Echo McCool, Outlaw Through Time Paperback – 20 Jan 2011
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In April 2011 Echo McCool, Outlaw Through Time was voted into the TOP TEN Goodreads.com "BEST BOOKS OF 2011" ahead of Christopher Paolini and Rick Riordan.
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Echo, the girl of the title is half-human half-dryad which, among other things, means she has stripy limbs, she can see into the past and she is adept at a kind of medieval Kung Fu.
After a long sleep she travels from her own time to the twenty-first century and meets Jason Fleeting, a modern-day boy her own age who has been living in a children's home following the murder of his mother. Jason and Echo set out on an adventure that involves the reader in several action scenes, including an escape from a collapsing tunnel and a grand punch-up of a finale. Echo and Jason even help out a few other people along the way, Lone Ranger-style.
This story combines a number of popular fiction genres to produce an interesting mix of present-day goodies-v-baddies adventure, a mystical element introducing dryad magic and links with times long-past, plus the all-action razzmatazz of Kung-Fu (with more than a little humour thrown in). Echo and Jason are both brave and likeable characters.
Will it be the next big thing? Who knows? Personally I think once established this book will prove to be quite popular.
The cover illustration is very good as well, a picture of Echo that reminded me of the "Avatar" film. There is also a very interesting black-and-white illustration on the title page showing Echo asleep in a hollow tree. So a lot of talent went into this book. Five stars from me!!
This inspired me to read the book myself and I can see its appeal to young readers. However, what they might miss is the ecological sub-text in that Jason sees the attraction of Echo's earthy, wood-dwelling existence and he decides to be closer to the natural world himself, shunning possessions and the modern world.
In conclusion I would say this story is a very interesting addition to the fantasy/time travel genre.
It is set in East Yorkshire (where the author apparantly lives)and is written with vivid imagination. A very good first novel by this author, children's publishing needs fresh talent right now. I found the book quite hard to put down. I strongly recommend this book and have just ordered two copies as presents for my niece and nephew for next christmas!!
But does the Echo McCool series stand up on its own? I think so. The book succeeds in showing the twenty first century through the eyes of Echo, the 12 year old half-dryad girl from medieval times. As in Catweazel she befriends a modern day helper in Jason, though unlike Catweazel the story doesn't just play for laughs. Echo McCool is more of an action adventure story and should appeal to the Lara Croft/computer game generation. The author voice is clear, the characters engaging, the story exciting and all-in-all I would recommend Echo McCool to readers in the 9-12 age group.
Echo's new life shows her all kinds of things she could never have dreamed of - electric lights, mobile phones, cars even fast food restaurants. But most of the story is about the danger she faces with Jason in doing battle with Scott Cobalt and his brother, Kevin and sister, Tiffany, three very scar villains. Also in the story is a folk rock group called Karmic Sometimes and the band members team up with Echo and Jason for a grand finale.
I really enjoyed reading this book. It is full of bravery, tragedy and suspense and it kept me turning the pages!
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