HOPE WAS HEREBook - 2005
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
From the critics
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red_cat_4798 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 18
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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).