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A Newbery Honor Book

Joan Bauer's beloved Newbery Honor book--now with a great new look for middle grade readers!

When Hope and her aunt move to small-town Wisconsin to take over the local diner, Hope's not sure what to expect. But what they find is that the owner, G.T., isn't quite ready to give up yet--in fact, he's decided to run for mayor against a corrupt candidate. And as Hope starts to make her place at the diner, she also finds herself caught up in G.T.'s campaign--particularly his visions for the future. After all, as G.T. points out, everyone can use a little hope to help get through the tough times . . . even Hope herself.

Filled with heart, charm, and good old-fashioned fun, this is Joan Bauer at her best.

* "When it comes to creating strong, independent, and funny teenaged female characters, Bauer is in a class by herself ... Bauer tells a fast-paced, multilayered story with humor but does not gloss over the struggle[s]."-- School Library Journal , starred review

"Bauer has succeeded in creating another quirky, poignant, and funny novel about a strong girl who admits her frailties ... Hope's story is highly recommended for both middle and high school students."-- VOYA

"Another entry in Bauer's growing collection of books about likable and appealing female teenagers with a strong vocational calling ... As always from Bauer, this novel is full of humor, starring a strong and idealistic protagonist, packed with funny lines, and peopled with interesting and quirky characters." -- Kirkus Reviews

Publisher: New York : Speak, 2005, c2000
ISBN: 9780142404249


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Apr 17, 2018

True to its title, this teen fiction book is full of hope and heart. I recommend this quick read for tweens, teens and adults of all ages who could use a little hope. It is a 2001 Newbery Honor Book. I have read it more than once.

Feb 10, 2017

Joan Bauer, is probably one of my favourite authors. Her writing, is soulful, she knows how to make a reader feel an emotion. Brilliant book, if you liked this, I would recommend "Close To Famous" By Joan Bauer, and also "Almost Home" By Joan Bauer. When I read Joan Bauer, I read it fully, because its a real page turner.

May 04, 2016

Engaging YAL. Not especially well-written and at times too much crammed in to ratchet up the stress but overall a good read with endearing characters.

Jun 27, 2015

This is probably my most favourite book in the universe! You absolutely have to read this book!
I read it three times then made my friends read it! :) They loved it!
Whenever I talk about democracy or something, I always bring up this book.

Jun 01, 2015

Joan Bauer is a awesome author and I love the way Hope is such a great waitress!!

Your awesome Joan!!!

black_panda_2123 Aug 11, 2014

I think that this book is awesome. I feel like I personally know the characters and the story itself is a great one. I've read it about 7 times by now and i still love it. I recommend it to anyone who likes a good story.

Jun 26, 2014

I am really looking forward to this book! :) I loved Almost Home, and Close To Famous! Hopefully this one is more astonishing as the last two I read :)

May 12, 2014

I loved this book overall - a bit cliché but good nonetheless. Not a deep book if that's what you're looking for, but I found I got very attached to the characters which some authors cannot accomplish. I recommend this book!

Mar 21, 2014

One of the most moving, poignant, funny, sad, hopeful, profound and inspiring stories I have read in a long time. I read this about the same time that The Secret Life of Bees came out and everyone was racing to read that. The story of this book has some similarities to the Secret Life of Bees but there are more differences making this story much better. I read this first then the "Bees" book second. While I enjoyed The Secret Life of Bees I really don't see what everyone was raving about and also see that "Hope Was Here" is much, much better. "Hope Was Here" covers the gamut of emotions and does so in a very well written story.

This, along with a handful of other books I have read, I believe is one of the best books ever written.

Dec 13, 2013

Very good read love the setting and discription the author gives. love it

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Jun 15, 2018

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Jun 27, 2015

Other: Sad parts and a bit of violence (but no details about it).

Aug 25, 2013

Other: A bit sad because a main character deals with Cancer


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Jun 27, 2015

Hope is a girl with a life that you could say is unstable. Her mom left her at birth with the name Tulip, and the small girl struggled for survival. Once Hope makes it through her struggle, she goes to live with her aunt - a sort of travelling cook. They travel all over the U.S., and Hope never sees her old friends a second time. Hope and her Aunt, Addie, finally settle down in Wisconsin and work in Welcome Stairways, a diner run by G.T. Stoop. Hope works as a waitress and Addie as a cook. During their stay, Hope dates the cook (a waitress no-no), helps G.T. run for mayor, and pushes for the resignation of the town's no-good mayor. Now (spoiler alert): G.T. Stoop adopts Hope and marries Addie. G.T. eventually dies of leukemia (poor fella).


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Jun 27, 2015

Addie never promised that life would be easy, but she did promise that if I hung with her the food would be good.

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