The Memory Bank
THE MEMORY BANK is the story of Hope Scroggins, who lives with her beloved sister Honey and the Dursley-esque parents they share. In fact these parents are SO horribly awful that one day, when the sisters disobey the rule against "no laughing", they banish Honey forever, telling Hope that she must sim...more
ife hasn’t been easy for Hope Scroggins. In fact, the positive thing about it is her sister, Honey. The girls’ parents are awful. They’re so awful that one day, they just dump Honey on the side of the road.
“Forget Her,” Hope’s parents say as they drive away in a cloud of dust. But how do you forget the best thing in your life? Hope misses her sister so much she becomes depressed. All she does is sleep and dream. She sleeps so much that before long, her parents forget about...more
And yet familiar, as familiar as a fairy tale. Harsher and harder to believe than Hansel and Gretel? Rapunzel? The Little Match Girl?
Clearly this ancient form speaks to all humans, even and especially the young.
A picture book that owes as much to the parallel stories of the illustrated segments as to the more usual word-wi...more
After Hope Scroggins's beloved little sister Honey is abandoned by their parents on the side of a road, Hope's life becomes so devoid of love, affection, or interest in anything, that she is picked up from the garage where she now sleeps, and taken to the World Wide Memory Bank, due to concern about her memory deficit-- she's simply stopped producing them. Though this story is purely fantasy, there's plenty of truth running through it. I was intrigued and amused by the ideas it introduced, such...more
When Hope's little sister Honey is abandoned by their terrible parents. Hope falls into a deep depression; she spends long periods of her life sleeping. Then one day a man in a van shows up to take her to the Memory Bank because of a defic...more
I finished this book today. It was definitely a good read for children. I only had a problem with the way the parents were described in the novel. However, I appreciate that the story gave the impression that anyone could have a good ending despite the battles they fight in life.
Hope is instructed to for...more
I choose this book in a large part because of the comparison to Roald Dahl books of which my daughter and I are huge fans. I was excited to see that the book was a combination of prose and pictures, similar...more
The story is a departure from much of what Carolyn Coman has been known for writing; that is, realisti...more
When little Honey Scroggins laughs after her parents tell her not to, they dump her by the side of the road and drive away. Despite all Hopes pleadings, her parents never go back for Honey. As she grows sadder and sadder, Hope spends all her time sleeping, dreaming of her lost little sister. When Hope's constant dreaming causes an imbalance due to insufficient memory deposits, she is summoned to the Memory Bank where she becomes embroiled in a war between th...more
I really liked this book. I like the funny things about it. It was kind of sad when Hope lost Honey. I liked Hope got candy, it made me hungry for candy! It was kind of exciting when Hope's garage opened and she was taken to the Memory Bank.
This book was really different from most children's books. The closest I can think of would be Lemony Snicket's series, but even then there are ma...more
I like the concept of this book, and I like that it hearkens back to Roald Dahl. However, if you are going to consciously do this kind of bo...more
This is a fantastical book where dreams and memories are kept in a special place called the Memory Bank. It is here that Hope thinks she can locate her sister.
This book woul...more
The story itself was deliciously sweet. Two little girls who parents don't love them stick together like glue, until one day the smallest one is left behind. The elder sister ends up finding herself in the Memory Bank where she learns all about how m...more
Cute illustrations that tell part of the stor...more
She worked as a bookbinder from 1975-84 and later as an editor with Heinemann before she became a full-time writer. Her books include the portrait documentary of the debut, and a picture b...more