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Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer
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Jun 03, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: family-read, newbery-award, childrens
Read in May, 2010

Newbery Honor Award book about a 16 year old girl named Hope who lives with her aunt Addie. After a facing financial ruin in NYC, she and Addie move to a small town in Wisconsin to run a diner. Not only does Hope face all of the challenges of starting life over in a new town, she and Addie quickly become involved in a small town political campaign between G.T. Stoop, the owner of the diner who has been diagnosed with leukemia, and the dishonest incumbent mayor.

Newbery Medal books are usually the cream of the crop. The characters are complex and the writing is superb. Unfortunately this book did not meet that high standard. I love a sappy book, but I thought this story was predictable and a bit flat and the characters were either heroic or dishonest. The best part of the book was the descriptions of life as a waitress in a diner. The comparisons between life and comfort food were warm and funny, but there was little else going for this one.

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