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Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer
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Jul 03, 2011

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This is a novel about Hope, who is a teen, who has a dysfunctional family and is learning to adjust to living in a new town. Her aunt, who is a short order cook, raises Hope. Together, they make their way to a small town in Wisconsin to run a restaurant for G.T. He is a cancer patient that has grown week and is supposed to relax a little more. However, he decides to run for mayor. Soon, Hope is caught up in his mayoral run and is happily campaigning for him. In comes the incumbent mayor, who is a bit corrupt. The story revolves around the caring environment with G.T. versus the corruption of local government.

Hope was Here is a Newbery Honor Book in 2001. This book explores the overall themes of hope and determination. This would be a wonderful book to use to help teens understand the value of volunteerism in the community. It also explores the topics of family problems and death and dying. I recommend this book for young adults.
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