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Echo
Echo | Pam Munoz Ryan
122 posts | 127 read | 6 reading | 85 to read
Music, magic, and a real-life miracle meld in this genre-defying masterpiece from Newbery Honoree Pam Muoz Ryan! Winner of a 2016 Newbery Honor, ECHO pushes the boundaries of genre, form, and storytelling innovation. Lost and alone in a forbidden forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and suddenly finds himself entwined in a puzzling quest involving a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica. Decades later, Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California each, in turn, become interwoven when the very same harmonica lands in their lives. All the children face daunting challenges: rescuing a father, protecting a brother, holding a family together. And ultimately, pulled by the invisible thread of destiny, their suspenseful solo stories converge in an orchestral crescendo. Richly imagined and masterfully crafted, this impassioned, uplifting, and virtuosic tour de force will resound in your heart long after the last note has been struck.
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Eggs
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MaureenMc This book is so amazing! 1mo
Linsy I love that bird! 🐦 1mo
Eggs Thanks for commenting @MaureenMc @Linsy 1mo
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OriginalCyn620 🙌🏻📚❤️ 1mo
Eggs Thanks Cynthia @OriginalCyn620 ❤️ 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty ❤️❤️ 1mo
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mom2bugnbee
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I'm still wrapping my head around this book. While the connection between the three stories was not difficult to figure out (this is billed as YA, after all), it didn't feel forced. This book was written so beautifully. I can see why both of my teenage girls recommended it so highly.

I don't give many 5⭐ reviews, but I've had three this month! On a roll!

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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mom2bugnbee
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Anne Bogel said that this is fantastic on audio, so here we go! Both of my girls really enjoyed this (in print). #currentread #currentlyreading #audiobook #readingwithmyears

xicanti This is one of my favourite audiobooks! 3mo
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MandaMT
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I have a physical copy of this book (which is stunning) but I‘d heard such great things about the audio version that I had to try it. So worth it! In this story a magical harmonica travels between children around the time of WWII. The music they perform is woven throughout the recording. Different readers give each section a distinct feel. Great middle grade book for history and music buffs!

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Eggs
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BooknerdsLife What a gorgeous photo 🥰 5mo
Eggs Thank you! @BooknerdsLife 5mo
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Kimmykay
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I listen to audible when walking in the morning and love it. This book has captured me. It is set in Germany during the beginning of WWII. It is all about music and the music is a part of the audio. I love listening to the music they are talking about.

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Becker
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Really enjoyable middle grade fiction with a great message subtly woven into the story line. There is a music theme in this book that is greatly enhanced in the audio version 🎼

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Clwojick
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Okay, well it‘s time to actually try and sleep now. Headphones are in, and this lovely #musical #audiobook is playing. Hopefully it can lull me to sleep.... otherwise I‘ll be back here posting more ridiculous (yet hilariously relatable) memes.

Happy sleeping everyone. ♥️

julesG Good Night! 8mo
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Clwojick
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Starting this one tonight. 💙

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InnerSavvy
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Another book in my quest to read young adults and and even Middle School books. This was three character, all who played a harmonica (same one) all stories merging together at the end.

The abrupt end of each character's story to move on to the next one was a little annoying.

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quanners
Echo | Pam Munoz Ryan

Chopin, Bach, and Brahms played throughout the narrative. I can‘t imagine reading this and not having the music playing. This is a story about the love of humanity and music hopefully triumphing (I‘m only in Part 2) over the hate and poverty ridden era during WW2. #music#middle-grade

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Kboltz
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YA but I think adults will love this book. Fairy tale mixed with 3 stories of WW11 and a harmonica and the love of music. The book itself is beautiful, why waste covers? This is a Newberry Honor book. Students are reading it now.👍🏼

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Kthomliston
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I listened to this audiobook and enjoyed it. It‘s an interesting way to teach the reader about WW2 with characters in Germany under the Hitler regime, and in the US as orphans and immigrants. Oh yes, and some magic! I was not expecting the musical references made frequently throughout the book and think that these were likely better in the audiobook as they played the songs being discussed. Teens may not have the perseverance required to finish.

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Cortg
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AmAzInG book! Especially the audio version! I highly recommend this middle grades book for a family road trip, bonus points if there are musicians along for the ride.

suvata Incredible book ⭐️ 1y
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kgriffith
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Monday had me in the ER with J who has a nasty case of contact dermatitis, and between that and work and trying to unpack and community commitments, I‘ve not done much reading. I did just finish Echo on audio while trying to make sure there‘s clear space for my landlord to tackle my punch list tomorrow, including installing the anchor bar for my wall-mounted bookshelves.
Here, have a picture of my orchid and her 3 ice cube weekly watering.

saresmoore Phew! Hang in there! 1y
saresmoore I honestly just searched for an emoji to depict the motivational cat poster that I was picturing with that comment. Hurm, have a hedgehog instead. 🦔 1y
kgriffith @saresmoore bahahahaha I‘ll take both the image and the emoji! 🤣 1y
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Bookwormjillk
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This is another book that has been enhanced by listening to the audio version since it features music. Kept me and my two kids entertained during a road trip from DC to Boston.

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kgriffith
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I‘m becoming really invested in Mike and Frankie‘s story, and looking forward to learning more about the folks they meet in their new circumstances.
Also testing tagging @timspalding — same workaround works as with the issue Rainey asked about a while ago, I‘ll link the YTs

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kgriffith
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Porch kitteh watching me make potato salad while listening to this lovely audiobook.

tjwill That is such a great audiobook. I am so glad I listened instead of reading a physical copy because of all the music that is integral to the story. 1y
Zelma Ha, great photo. And I see your kitty does the same thing to armchairs as my boys. 🙄 1y
kgriffith @Zelma Creating a divot in the precise size and shape of their bodies? Yep, Xander is quite precise about it on all back cushions 😹 1y
kgriffith @tjwill Agreed! 1y
Zelma @kgriffith yes. Even my dog has followed their lead and made his own divot. 1y
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hannah_frances
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I picked this up at the library and I loved it! Everyone recommends the audiobook though, so I may re-read it that way.

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Touchofgr3y
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A coworker recommended this audiobook to me, so I went in blind and WOW. This is definitely worth listening to, as music is integral to the story and the production does a great job at incorporating it. I was first afraid that I had stumbled into a depressing WWII book that would have too many parallels to what is happening in the US right now, but was completely charmed and am glad I kept with it.

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kgriffith
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I‘m only a few lines into the audiobook and I already have a feeling something magical is about to happen.

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AdeleReads
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So far this week is basically “I should be doing things but I just keep going on audiobook binges” week. This novel is up next. Sounds absolutely unique & magical. Will be sure to use headphones and soak up the musical experience.

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Lilip
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The book says it all 😀

WiseGirl13 😊 2y
CatConstellations Cool bean quote 2y
Lilip Thx 2y
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Lilip
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This book looks good but yet intimidating🤔😬🤔😬😬😬

WiseGirl13 I would like to read that. 2y
BooksBecomeYou Why intimidating? 2y
CatConstellations Want for it to be my summer read 2y
Lilip It is sooooo big 2y
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Peaceful_Reader
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He turned back to the beginning of the book and read the first chapter again, this time out loud. He glanced up. Eins, Zwei, and Drei held one another‘s hands, their faces rapt.

Tamra Sweet! 2y
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Alfrazier21
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4.5 Stars!!

A beautifully heart-warming story that shines a bright light on prejudice and intolerance and the lengths we would go for the ones we love. Ryan does a marvelous job weaving together the lives of three children, each facing their own unique set of adversity, with the joy of music and a very special harmonica. If you enjoy audiobooks, I highly recommend listening to this one. It is absolutely magical.

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Alfrazier21
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This audiobook is pure magic! I absolutely love it! ✨🎼💜

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Escape_reality18
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Listening to this book and it‘s pretty good. Audiobook narrator is one of the best I‘ve heard. #books#booknerd#echo##reading

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Alfrazier21
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I downloaded my first audiobook on audible! I don‘t know why I never really listen to audiobooks, but for 2018 I decided to broaden my horizons! I‘ve heard that Echo is absolutely beautiful to listen to, so I‘m quite excited to give it a go!

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AmandaHuskey
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HF is my favorite types of book and this is one of them! It won the Newbery award and I️ would use this novel as a LC. The book is about a harmonica that travels during the 1940‘s and unties who it was passed to at the end. UDL- 2.1, 3.1, and 2.5. EL- 4 and 13. http://www.bookunitsteacher.com/reading_echo/echo.htm #ucflae3414f17

ChelseaPerez HF is mine too. Such an awesome way to incorporate social studies into their reading. I really believe it enhances their learning in both areas. 2y
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cheyennewilliams
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This HF tells the story of four different children all living in different places before/during/after WW2. At first glance they have nothing in common but as you read you'll uncover magic, music, and a mysterious harmonica that ties their destinies together. This Newbery award winner can be used for LC or IR. This past semester I personally used this book in a literature circle. #ucflae3414f17

cheyennewilliams http://www.pammunozryan.com/echo/ This link takes you to a list of resources for Echo. It includes discussion questions, an author interview, and multiple links to listen to the book read aloud. The discussion questions are quite engaging and require research and an understanding of the book. The questions could be utilized for a literature circle group. (edited) 2y
cheyennewilliams UDL strategy 8.3: foster collaboration and community. By including this book as an option for literature circles, you can foster collaboration and cooperation among students. In these small groups of students reading the same book, students will work together to fulfill different roles (ex: word wizard, summarizer, illustrator), complete activities, and discuss and explore the deeper meaning of the book. (edited) 2y
cheyennewilliams EL strategy 2: promote cooperation (small groups). Teachers can promote cooperation among students by offering this as a option for LC, where students will work together to discuss and explore the deeper meaning of the book. Having students work in small groups can help encourage EL's to learn from those around them. 2y
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ChelseaPerez
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Echo artfully tells a story of fate and a quest. Otto is lost in the forest one day while reading an old book about a King‘s deceit and 3 princesses forced to be raised by a witch. While lost, he stumbles upon the 3 sisters who reveal that the story is true and theirs. However, the story is unfinished. The witch had cursed them for trying to leave, and they will be stuck in time if they do not save a life.

ChelseaPerez They ask for Otto‘s help and enchant his harmonica before sending him on his way. The story follows a school age harmonica factory worker in Germany named Friedrich, an orphan Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California who share a connection when the very same harmonica lands in their lives. All the children are tasked with troublesome challenges: rescuing a father, protecting a brother, holding a family together. 2y
ChelseaPerez They are each pulled by the invisible thread of destiny until the prophecy of the witch has been fulfilled. This novel weaves back and forth between four different historical settings. It tells of the onset of Nazi Germany in the 1940‘s and of the tensions between the Japanese and Americans in the 40‘s as well. It‘s historical elements add zest and novelty to this book. 2y
ChelseaPerez This historical fiction book, and Newbery Award winner, would be absolutely perfect as a Literary Circle option.
Here is a link to discussion questions for Echo that may be used within the Literary Circle to integrate background knowledge, research, and perception and foster a better understanding of the novel.
http://www.pammunozryan.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Echo-DG.pdf
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ChelseaPerez UDL 3.1 Activate or supply background knowledge-
Make explicit cross-curricular connections (e.g., teaching literacy strategies in the social studies classroom) OR Anchor instruction by linking to and activating relevant prior knowledge (e.g., using visual imagery, concept anchoring, or concept mastery routines) #UCFLAE3414F17
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MakenzieT This sounds like an amazing book. I like your UDL as well 2y
ChelseaPerez EL Language Arts 15. Provide individual and group activities to develop listening and speaking skills through learning centers.
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DrSpalding Using the authors guide is Wise. This book definitely is a great one for literature circlesas there is so much to discuss. Nice EL/UDL strategies as well. (edited) 2y
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Bradleygirl
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Reading this on the porch bc fall is currently awesome. #YA #WWIIfiction #magicalrealism

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Johanna414
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This was such a beautiful story! I listened to most of it on audio, which I highly recommend

ReadingRover The audiobook won an Audie award last year or whenever it came out. It‘s supposed fabulous. It‘s a full cast production with music right? 2y
JaclynW This book was lovely! I listened to the audio book as well, it was excellent! 2y
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rachelle
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This was a fun read and I'm glad I finally read it after putting it off for so long. I loved seeing how the three stories came together through their connection with music.

#PamMunozRyan #novel #review #bookreview #music

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Johanna414
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As if I didn't have enough books going already, I started listening to this while repairing some library books this afternoon. Fabulous audiobook so far! I love the addition of music to the storytelling.

Alicia This is so good on audio!! 2y
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I think I'm the only person who didn't like this book. I was unimpressed by the story and the characters, and I disliked the structure. The set-up for the potential adoption in part two made me pretty angry and I lost what little interest I had after that.

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xicanti
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I'm catching up on the horrific news out of the US, and I want to urge all of you who know small children to share ECHO with them. It's an anti-Nazi, anti-racist, pro-understanding children's novel by a Mexican-American writer who has quickly become one of my absolute favourites. And I think the world needs her body of work right now.

Books aren't always an answer, but they can be part of a beginning.

Notafraidofwords Sigh, it's tough. 2y
Caryl Great recommendation. This is a wonderful book. Thank you. ❤️ 2y
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Chelsibno
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The harmonica in this book goes on quite the #journey spanning many years. #JubilantJuly
@RealLifeReading

Alicia I'm listening to this on audio now! 2y
BookishMe LOVE LOVE this! 2y
tjwill The audiobook is fantastic! 2y
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MayginReads
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Listening to this while tackling some gardening!

JenReadsAlot Beautiful day for gardening! 2y
MayginReads @JenReadsAlot It is, though it's hotter in the sun than I expected. 2y
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sarahgreatlove
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This audiobook is on special today and I've heard it is AMAZING. It mixes music and spoken word in a truly magical way.

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LauraKath
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What an amazing book! The music, the characters, the narrators! Everything was so beautiful. Definitely a book for all ages, as you are able to see hard times in history through different points of view. Tolerance is definitely the main value you'll learn from this book.
-I hope my book exchange match forgives me for not posting anything. I've been so busy lately. I promise to be better at this!!!-

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Carleneishere
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I like fairytale type books and I loved Esperanza Rising , so this is promising!

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The_Little_Librarian
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I really enjoyed this audiobook! I think I would have loved reading it but hearing the harmonica made it so much better!

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Alicia
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Darn you #audible sale!!! I got these three from my wishlist. I may get more before the sale is done.... audible is quickly becoming an addiction. Already three audiobooks in April!!!
Also ps for my Secret Santa, I feel bad I am such a book buyer! But don't worry I've kept my Amazon list up to date whenever I get a new book. Also will try to post my hauls when they come in!!!

MrBook 😎👍🏻 3y
GypsyKat I was able to stop at three... so far. 😆 3y
Onlaughterandliteracy I didn't take advantage of this like I should have...but yay for Echo!! 3y
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Alicia @Onlaughterandliteracy the sale is going till Monday...!!! 💸💸😬 3y
Onlaughterandliteracy @Alicia oh. Ha well in that case. Once I get paid Friday...I'll have no money!! 😂 3y
Alicia @Onlaughterandliteracy I feel you! I got one more too... so addicted to audiobooks... 3y
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MeggsKY
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Trying to #readmyshelf . What next??

monalyisha "Fangirl" might actually be my favorite RR. ?? 3y
MeggsKY @monalyisha that's a good pick - I love some Rainbow Rowell!! I've read (and adored) every one of hers EXCEPT this one, so I'm excited for it!! 3y
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