Hope Was Here

Hope Was Here

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Hope is a 16-year-old girl, living a nomadic lifestyle with her aunt Addie. Addie is a chef and restaurant manager, and Hope works as a waitress. They're always moving from place to place, and the story opens with them up-rooting from Brooklyn, New York. Before she leaves, Hope scribbles 'Hope Was Here' onto the menu board - it's become her motto, a ritual she carries out whenever they have to hit the road - again. Hope's a city girl and she isn't sure how she's going to tackle life in 'cow country'. Things start hotting up for her, though, when she gets embroiled in the local politics of Mulhoney, Wisconsin while working at the Welcome Stairways diner- Soon, Hope is tackling big issues about her own past, while grappling with some surprising developments in her new home town.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 14mm | 155g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 055254972X
  • 9780552549721
  • 553,015

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"Hope is as full of optimism as her name and there are lots of fabulous descriptions of food. Heartwarming" -- Kit Spring Observer "It's a triumph of conviction, wit and style over social and political naivety" Books for Keeps "How can you resist such a wholesome book which has the message that the antidote to miscontent and unhappiness in the world is good food, especially pecan pie?" The School Librarian "Its triumph is the way in which Bauer manages to recount the internecine politics and power struggles of a small, midwestern town" -- Michael Thorn Scotsman "This is a thought provoking, beautifully written novel" Waterstones Books Quarterly
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About Joan Bauer

In her novels, Joan Bauer explores difficult issues with humour and hope. A New York Times bestselling author, speaker, and songwriter, Joan has won numerous awards for her books, including the Newbery Honour Medal, the American Library Association's Schneider Family Book Award, two Christopher Awards, the LA Times Book Prize, and the Golden Kite Award of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Joan is a frequent guest on American local and national radio where she talks about the power of resiliency. Through the US Department of State's Professional Speakers Programme she has visited both Kazakhstan and Croatia where she spoke with students, writers, educators, and children at risk about her life and her novels. She lives in New York.
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Review Text

"It's a triumph of conviction, wit and style over social and political naivety"
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Back cover copy

Life's never been a bowl of cherries for Hope . . .

. . . but at least with her Aunt Addie around, the food's been good. Addie and Hope have worked in diners from New York City to Atlanta. Now they're getting ready to transform the tastebuds of Mulhoney, Wisconsin. Butter pecan pie is sure to be a hit but someone in Mulhoney is cooking up something a lot less wholesome . . .

Can Hope find the antidote to the poison at the heart of their small town? It's a tall order, but then again that's her speciality!

When Hope gets released in a place, all kinds of things are possible.
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15,848 ratings
3.99 out of 5 stars
5 35% (5,558)
4 37% (5,893)
3 22% (3,434)
2 5% (744)
1 1% (219)
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