The Last Echo

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In the end, all that's left is an Echo.

Before, Violet's morbid ability to sense the dead led her to uncover dark murders and long-buried secrets in her small town. Now that she's working with a special investigative team, Violet hopes she can help even more people—whether by saving a life or catching a killer.

Although she's relieved to finally be honest about what she can do, her instant connection with her mysterious partner, Rafe, is both confusing and unsettling, and their unique bond creates tension with her boyfriend, Jay. When she discovers the body of a college student murdered by "the collector," Violet refuses to give up on the case. With her own relationship on the line, Violet doesn't realize that the serial killer is looking to add to his collection and that she may have caught his eye. Will the life Violet has to save be her own?

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In this 9th and 10th grade digital curriculum, annotations explain the characteristics of young adult mystery and paranormal romance and terms relating to paranormal activity. Annotations aid students in understanding mood, tension, conflict and deus ex machine. Interactive videos explain structure, how characters develop, foreshadowing, and tension. Students will explore the themes of acceptance, acknowledging one's individuality, and the importance of relationships. Common Core aligned questions, answers and quizzes in this free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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Chapter 1

This novel fits the genres of young adult mystery and young adult paranormal romance. Young adult paranormal romances depict an adolescent’s everyday life, usually that of a teenage girl, when it becomes entangled with the supernatural. The supernatural can be anything from ghosts, telepathy, genii, mermaids, psychics, fairies, and vampires to witchcraft, immortality, werewolves,and angels. "The Last Echo" is the third book in the Body Finder series. 
Violet senses a  
The police find the girl's body  
You can tell from Violet's description of what she is doing that the novel will focus on paranormal events.  
A medium is a psychic who has fine-tuned his or her extrasensory perception and can interface with the spirits in other dimensions. He or she is able to feel and/or hear thoughts, voices or mental impressions from the spirit world. 
Why is Sara upset with Violet? 
Violet finds Dr. Lee's sessions helpful. What does she mean by feeling more "secure"?  
Violet's response to Jay's letter suggests 

Chapter 2

A shroud is a length of cloth or an enveloping garment in which a dead person is wrapped for burial.  
Violet's mother thinks 
Characterization is the way in which a writer reveals the personality of a character. What do we learn about Violet from the conversation with Chelsea? 
Why does Jules glower at Jacqueline? 
Violet tells Jay about Dr. Lee. This suggests she 
A demerit is a mark that is made on a student's record indicating he or she has done something wrong.  


The narrator is different in this chapter. Note also that this chapter has a title. These features make up the structure of the text. As you read, think about how this book is structured. (This annotation contains a video)
What do you learn about this narrator? 

Chapter 3

"National Geographics" primarily contains articles about geography, history, and world culture. (This annotation contains a link)
The narrator tells this chapter from ________ point of view. 
Dr. Lee's question emphasizes  
Violet's thoughts give the reader information about the members of the team. 
Dr. Lee gives Violet 
Violet refers to an incident in which Rafe saves her. This occurs in an earlier book in the series. 
Why is feeling "normal" important to Violet? 


The italics indicate that there is a switch in narrator. What does the title of this chapter suggest? 
The narrator uses conditional progressive tense when referring to the second date. This tense refers to an action that might have taken place in the past. These words hint that something may happen to the girl. Giving hints or clues about what may happen later in the text is called foreshadowing. View the video to learn more about foreshadowing.  (This annotation contains a video)
This line suggests that  

Chapter 4

A bouffant is a tall hairstyle. Singer Rihanna sports a tall bouffant in this picture.  (This annotation contains an image)
"MO" is an abbreviation for "modus operandi" which is a usual way of doing something, especially the usual way that a particular criminal performs a crime. 
Violet's observation of her team members 
The reader also gains insight into Violet's character. What does the reader learn about Violet from her response to Antonia's photo album?  
Harry Houdini was a Hungarian-American illusionist and stunt performer noted for his sensational escape acts.  (This annotation contains an image)
Why does Rafe take the key to Antonia Corbett's house? 


The narrator's actions indicate he is  
The girl's abductor attributes her response to her happiness at seeing him. What do you think she is really feeling as he approaches her? 
The narrator's comments suggest that  

Chapter 5

Who is Roxy? 
The conversation between Krystal and Violet gives the reader additional insight into Rafe's personality. What does the reader learn about Rafe from their conversation? 
Krystal is referring to a charge of breaking and entering since the teenagers have no right to be in Antonia's house. 
The Impala is manufactured by Chevrolet. Krystal's Impala may resemble the one in the picture below. (This annotation contains an image)
Rafe's actions suggest that  
Violet is curious about what Rafe is doing but does not want to break the law by entering the house.  
Antonia's room gives Violet additional insight about her. What does she infer about Antonia? 
Violet's hesitation to enter the house and attempts not to leave fingerprints show 
Rafe seems to think he has figured out Violet's personality.  
What is the meaning of this phrase? 
The narrator's description of Violet's reaction to the handcuffed young man creates 
What image does the term "man-boy" create? 
Cacophony is a harsh, discordant mixture of sounds. What is the effect of the use of this word? 
The "man-boy" fills Violet with 
A sentinel is a soldier or guard whose job is to stand and keep watch. 
Working with the team helps Violet   

Chapter 6

Mood is the atmosphere that pervades a literary work with the intention of evoking a certain emotion or feeling from the reader. The video will help you better understand mood and tone. What mood do these images evoke? (This annotation contains a video)
Why does Violet's father deliver her phone messages? 
Victoria's conversation with Jay  
A rap sheet is a police arrest record. 


The reader knows there is a change in narrator in this chapter because 
What does the narrator's action suggest about him? 
The narrator uses a ________ to describe the girl's eyes. 
The narrator uses the cloth to ______the girl. 

Chapter 7

Jay is an important character in the novel. What do we learn about him from his response to Violet's request? 
Jay's jealousy of Rafe adds to the _______ of the novel. 
What conflict does Violet face when Rafe arrives? 
Rafe's taunts suggest that he thinks   

Chapter 8

We can learn about a character through what another character says about him or her. What is Rafe's perception of Violet? 
Despite his own nervousness, Rafe encourages Violet to use her skills to try to convict the killer. What does this tell the reader about Rafe? 
Sometimes authors use words that are unfamiliar to the reader. Context clues can help the reader determine the meaning of the word. Use clues to determine the meaning of "visceral" in this sentence. 
Violet's observation suggests that there is more to Sara and Rafe's relationship than we currently know. Such hints are  
James Nua knows the name of Violet's school because 
How is Violet able to identify James Nua's murder victims? 
Neither Rafe nor Violet are willing to admit their feelings about each other. How does Rafe show his concern for Violet? 


The reader learns that experiences with the narrator's _______ influence his actions. 
We gain more insight into the killer's past. Why does he consider "clodhopper" a terrible word? 
The narrator needs the girls to help him 

Chapter 9

The sentences use a  ________  to describe the way Violet feels. 
The author uses figurative language to describe Violet's tiredness. (This annotation contains a video)
The latest girl taken by the collector is  
Events in Violet's dreams occur in the two earlier books in the Body Finder series. 
Violet's dream is an example of  
Sara and Rafe have another silent exchange. What do these looks mean? 
Gemma invites Jay inside and attempts to do a reading because 
Quiz One 


Why is the collector angry? 
The collector's words indicate that this scenario is not new to him. 
What tone does the collector's thoughts create? 

Chapter 10

Violet's dream is an example of  
Violet no longer wants to wear her White River School hoodie. Why not? 
Violet questions Jay about Gemma because 
A character's words are not the only clue to his or her personality. The character's actions can also give the reader valuable insight. What do Jacqueline's words and actions tell the reader about her? 
When Jacqueline invites Jay to her party, Violet feels 
Why does Violet go to The Mecca? 
A macchiato is an espresso coffee drink with a small amount of foamed milk added. 
Who approaches Violet at the newspaper stand? 
We learn more about Sam from his conversation with Violet. What do we also learn about the team? 
From her conversation with Sam, Violet learns that  
Violet's description of Rafe is an example of direct characterization. 


The collector's thoughts give us information about him. Why does he like being around the university?  
The girl the collector is referring to is 
Mood is a literary element that evokes certain feelings or vibes in readers through words and descriptions. What mood does the collector's words evoke? 

Chapter 11

Violet calls Rafe to meet her at the cafe'. What does this suggest about their relationship? 
Jay's actions 

Chapter 12

Pinkeye is conjunctivitis, a redness and swelling of the conjunctiva, the mucous membrane that lines the eyelid and eye surface. 
Violet's guilt about lying to her friends suggests that 
Though Violet has become friends with members of the investigative team, her school friends are also important to her. As you read, pay attention to what the narrator says about Chelsea, Jules, and Claire. 
Why is Rafe upset with Violet? 
Violet's relationship with Rafe is unsettling for her and keeps the reader wondering what is going to happen next. That feeling of expectation has to do with the 'pacing' of a novel. (This annotation contains a video)
Why does Violet order a green-tea soy latte? 
Violet and Rafe experience a "jolt" whenever they touch. How does this differ from what happens when Violet and Jay touch? 
The echo Violet feels 
What happens to Rafe? 
Violet is unable to give the officer Rafe's last name. What does this suggest about how the team members perceive her? 

Chapter 13

The setting of this chapter is the emergency room of the hospital. Explain what Violet means in the highlighted text. 
Below is an image of the skull and crossbones. Why would it be an appropriate symbol for Violet? (This annotation contains an image)
Gemma explains that because she is empathic, it is difficult for her to be around Violet. Do you think this is the only reason she treats Violet badly?  
When Violet enters Rafe's hospital room, he calls her 
Why doesn't Violet touch Rafe? 
Violet notices Rafe's slip of the tongue. What does this slip tell her? 
The Tarot is a deck of cards that originated in Italy over 500 years ago. It was first used in a game called “Triumphs” but was adopted as a tool for divination. Mystics and occultists use it as a map to mental and spiritual pathways. Below is a Tarot card similar to the one Krystal picks up. (This annotation contains an image)
Violet goes to see Krystal when she leaves the hospital. This act indicates that  


How do the images the narrator presents contrast with what the collector does?  
What is ironic about the narrator's choice of words? 
The narrator's description suggests that Casey is 

Chapter 14

Krystal gives Violet a stone  
Setting is important to a novel. What is significant about the Center's location? 
What does Sara's desk tell the reader about her? 
A psychic is a person who claims to have an ability to perceive information hidden from the normal senses through extrasensory perception (ESP). Think about what Sara means by this statement. 
Psychometry is divination of facts concerning an object or its owner through contact with or proximity to the object.  
Sara shares information about her relationship with Rafe and Gemma. Why might Violet feel upset about this news? 

Chapter 15

The echoes Violet feels indicate that 
Violet's senses alert her that she is in danger. What imagery does the author use to indicate the threat to Violet? 
Who attacks Violet? 
The reader can feel Violet's terror as Nua attacks her. Which words and phrases evoke that feeling? 
Why does James Nua flee? 

Chapter 16

How does Violet know that James Nua is gone? 
Violet's words give insight into her feelings for Jay.  
Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. Below is an image of a vintage Led Zeppelin T-shirt. (This annotation contains an image)
Listen to "Immigrant" by Led Zeppelin.  (This annotation contains a video)
Sara does not recover Violet's  


A chameleon is a person who changes his or her opinions or behavior according to the situation. 
What does the collector's mother mean by this comment? 
The collector's relationship with his mother gives us insight into his actions.  
What does the collector mean by this comment? 

Chapter 17

A round character is extremely realistic, behaving and speaking in a "real life" manner. How does Violet's relationship with her parents help to define her as a round character? 
How do Violet's parents react when they find out about the attack? 
Think about what you know about Jay. Is he a well-defined character? 
Jay insists that Violet take 
Characters' disagreements add to the tension of a novel. What is the conflict between Violet and her parents? 
Quiz Two 

Chapter 18

Settings have meaning. What does Violet's home and parents represent to her? 
Violet has two sets of friends: Chelsea and her school friends and the members of the team. How is her relationship with the team members different from her relationship with her school friends? 
Characters experience varying amounts of change over the course of a story. A dynamic character experiences changes throughout the plot of a story. Is Violet a dynamic character? (This annotation contains a video)
Violet's need for the team emphasizes the theme of  


How does the narrator characterize his mother? 
Why does the collector decide not to pursue the waitress? 
Though we do not know the name of this narrator, we are beginning to learn things about his character. We are also learning more about the other characters. (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 19

Violets aunt and uncle are minor characters that complement the major characters and help move the plot events forward. 
Violet's uncle blames ___________ for the attack.  
Who do Violet and the children meet at the park? 
Violet's words suggest that she and Jay have changed in some ways. How does she think they have changed? 
An epiphany is that moment in the story where a character achieves realization, awareness or a feeling of knowledge after which events are seen through the prism of this new light in the story. What epiphany does Violet have as she scolds Cassidy? 

Chapter 20

This phrase is a moral to many children's stories. 
What image does the word thrash suggest? 
Sara's loft takes Violet by surprise. How is it different from what Violet expects? 
This is a reference to an event in an earlier novel in the series. You may want to read "The Body Finder" and "Desires of the Dead." 
Rafe admits that he has feelings for Violet. What do you think he already knows? 

Chapter 21

Violet questions herself after she erases Sara's phone message to her parents. How does this act show that she is changing? 
The description of the woman in the warehouse suggests she may be 
The events are building suspense, creating tension or nervous excitement. (This annotation contains a video)
The imprint of rubbing alcohol alerts Violet that 
The cloth is probably soaked in chloroform, a colorless liquid with a pleasant, nonirritating odor and a slightly sweet taste. It was at one time used as an inhaled anesthetic during surgery. 

Chapter 22

An image flashes in Violet's mind as Caine speaks to her. Who is the boy with the laughing eyes? 
How does Violet plan to escape from Carl? 
What does this phrase suggest about Caine's appearance? 
What emotions does this scene evoke? 


Where is Caine holding Violet captive? 
What is "Acceptance" an appropriate title for this chapter? 

Chapter 23

When Violet wakes up she realizes that  
Caine ties Violet to a canopy bed. A canopy bed is a decorative bed that usually has posts at each of the four corners extending four feet high or more above the mattress.  (This annotation contains an image)
This is an image of the type of phone Violet sees on the counter in the kitchen. (This annotation contains an image)
In Marco Polo, the player who is "It" shouts "Marco" and the other players must respond by shouting "Polo". The person who is "It" uses the sound of their voices to locate them. The video clip shows a game of Marco Polo. (This annotation contains a video)
Where does Violet hide? 


One definition of "estrangement" is the separation resulting from hostility. How does that definition fit this chapter? 
Caine will silence Violet by 

Chapter 24

An alcove is a recess in the wall.  
Violet finds the pitchfork at the moment when all hope is gone. The pitchfork is a deus ex machina, a new object that solves a seemingly unsolvable problem in a sudden, unexpected way. 
Caine lowers the flashlight when Violet  
Caine uses the phrase from the game hide and seek.  
Violet refers to events that happen in an earlier book. 

Chapter 25

Why does Violet hear a metallic tinkling like a music box? 
What is significant about the tune Violet hums? 

Chapter 26

Why does Violet now have an imprint? 
The sheriff explains what happened to Caine as a child that led him to kill young girls. 
Who tells the police where to find Violet? 
Rafe's response echoes a comment he made earlier about his relationship with Violet. 


An epilogue is a section at the end of a book or play that serves as a comment on or a conclusion to what has happened. 
Why does Dr. Lee meet Violet at the playground? 
Dr. Lee's threat creates conflict for Violet. The video will help you understand internal and external conflict. You may want to read the fourth book in the series, "Deadly Silence" to see how Violet resolves the conflict.  (This annotation contains a video)
Quiz Three