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Hope in the Holler

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  477 ratings  ·  129 reviews
* "This is a masterpiece of middle grade fiction, at once summoning the timelessness of life in rural America while blending in modern elements."--School Library Journal, starred review

The poignant--and funny--story of a girl trying to be brave and find her place in the world after she's sent to live with scheming relatives.

Right before Wavie's mother died, she gave Wavie
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published January 9th 2018 by Nancy Paulsen Books (first published January 2018)
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Comes out in March of 2018. Such a wonderful and powerful story of a girl losing her mother, finding her mother, losing her again, and finding the true meaning of family, love, and hope. Absolutely loved this story!
Books on Stereo
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hope in the Holler is a mesmerzing story about a young girl learning to make her way through the world. Reminiscent of Anne of Green Gables. Hope in the Holler feels like a warm cup of hot chocolate on a cold winter night.
Cassie Thomas
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“I didn’t have her, and I would feel that knot forever, but that wasn’t the end of my story. “

I was adopted by my grandparents, they were mom and Dad, and I just recently lost dad in January. Cue all of the emotions in this heart print book.

I am seriously SO thankful for this book.❤
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, young-reader
This was one of the best books I have ever read that addresses the absolute destitute poor in Appalachia. All of the feels, all of the spaghetti and ketchup dinners and all of the waiting on the "mailbox money". I love they way the book stresses that you can always make your place in the world better by sticking with your friends.
Kristin Crouch
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Lisa Lewis Tyre for providing collabookation with an ARC to review.
Hope in the Holler opens with Wavie Conley burying her mother. Left with a final note from her mom, $23 from her neighbors, and a social worker, Wavie has no idea where the future will take her.
Hope is the story of Wavie trying to find the courage to keep going. Keep living in poverty while being treated horribly by her foster family, keep doing her schoolwork even though her college prospects are non-existent, and
Heartbreaking, enlightening, unbiased; ultimately hopeful! A must have for all school libraries to have and teachers to read toencourage empathy and understanding. On my Newbery Short List!
A good family listening audiobook. The narrator channels Reese Witherspoon to give a sweet Appalachian charm to Wavie and the other characters. The story felt oft-told (reminded me of Joan Bauer) but the narration really lifts it.
Britt Harbour
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not normally a consumer of middle-grade fiction but this book grabbed my full attention within just a few pages.

Set in small-town America, and delivered with a southern twang, this tale takes on common, yet complex human emotions that would be relatable to any audience.

Told through the eyes of Wavie, a smart, witty and compassionate kid, as she is uprooted from the only life she's known due to unimaginable loss. The story ushers the reader on a journey from devastation to redemption with man
Leonard Kim
2.5 stars. My reaction to this was a little like my reaction to another alliterative title from this year, Just Like Jackie. Both have a lot of heart. I feel a bit churlish giving them a middling rating because of something so mundane as my opinions about craft. Put it this way--I would normally rate books like this 2 stars, but their sincerity and heart actually bumped them up for me.
Michele Knott
This one is going in the heart print section of my library for sure. Love.
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this sweet story. I know my sixth grade girls will love it!
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Last January, I finally read Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance, and this novel feels a bit like the children's fictionalized version. I'm not sure I'm necessarily the one to say it tackles the issues in it well or badly, but I enjoyed it a lot, and I think it brings up a number of conflicts that don't get a lot of attention in the middle grade genre.

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Wavie B. Conley and her mama never really had a lot, but Wavie loved her h
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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With words that drizzle like warm molasses over a plate of steaming flapjacks, author Lisa Lewis Tyre's second middle grade novel, Hope in the Holler, is simply scrumptious!

Twelve-year old protagonist Wavie B. no longer fears death after her mother's passing; it's living a life without the hope of love that scares her. Haphazardly planted in the mountains of Kentucky with her conniving relatives, she must navigate the s
Lynn Plourde
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
We could all use more HOPE in this world. I found "hope" in the pages of this book.

Eleven-year-old Wavie has no reason to hope--her mama just died of cancer, she never knew her dad, and her mean aunt Samantha Rose (Wavie never even knew she had an aunt) steps forward to "claim" Wavie (well, actually, to claim Wavie's Social Security survivors benefits--a check every month). Samantha Rose takes Wavie to her mama's childhood home in Conley Hollow, a place of extreme poverty. Wavie doesn't care on
Julie Kirchner
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great debut novel from Lisa Lewis Tyre. Wavie is left alone when her mother dies, but her mother leaves her with a list of instructions including to find a good life. When an aunt shows up to claim her, one Wavie has never heard of, and whisks her away to the Appalachian Holler Wavie’s mother escaped many years ago, it seems Wavie may not be in control of her own destiny to find that good life. Filled with characters to despise and others we want to learn more about, this is a terrific ...more
Destinee Sutton
The plot was great! I was hooked and finished it quickly. It lost me a little in its depiction of rural poverty. There were nuanced bits and cartoonish bits. And when I actually got to the end I was a tad confused. Overall a pretty good reading experience but I have a feeling it wouldn’t hold up well under closer scrutiny.
Patricia Proctor
This book was amazing. Loved it from the first page. It has all the elements of a good book, plot, characters (well defined) dialogue was super (Appalachian). I am in awe of authors like this!
Wavie makes everything fun, even heavy topics like death and foster care.
Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
For anyone who's ever needed hope . . . desperately.
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tween
Such sweet, sweet story of being brave and never giving up. Listened to this in audiobook format - a most excellent reader and way to hear this story.
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Cindy Scobee
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Always looking for books with an uplifting message for my classroom. i will definitely be recommending this one!
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
This is a well-written book with a realistic portrayal of grief, and from a kid's point of view. I appreciated the positive references to religion - Bible verses, life after death and church-going, so rare in modern young adult books. The story reminds me of Second Hand Lions - both are about kids with a hard life who get a good break. We all need feel good stories.
Ms. Yingling
Dec 17, 2017 rated it liked it
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When Wavie's mother dies of cancer, her life gets complicated very quickly. Since her father has never been in the picture, children's services looks for a relative, and unearths a sister, Samantha Rose, whom her mother has never mentioned. Soon, Wavie is taken away from her supportive trailer park community and is living in squalor in the hills of Kentucky. Her aunt, uncle and cousin Hoyt never clean their run down house, but expect Wavie to. Things are brightened a lit
Interest Level: 5-8; Reading Level: 6.2

Imagine that you are twelve-years-old, your mother has just passed away, you have never known your father, and you have absolutely no family. You know that foster care is in your future. Sad, right? This is what Wavie is facing. The mother that she loves more than anything in the world has just passed away from cancer. She has no where to go, or at least that what she thought until her aunt shows up out of the blue to claim her. Samantha Rose is a loud, ob
Jessica Higgins
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A young girl who is stronger than she knows must now face the scheming family she has never known to survive living in the Holler. Another outstanding book by Lisa Lewis Tyre that is perfect for young readers!

It has always been Wavie and her mom; they didn’t need anybody else and they both liked it that way. When Wavie’s mom gets sick and knows she is about to die, she gives Wavie a list of instructions for her life. The one she is trying the hardest to live by is Be Brave. It’s hard, especially
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When her mother passes away from cancer, middle-schooler Wavie B. Conley finds herself under the care of Samantha Rose, the cruel aunt she’s never met. She shows up at the burial wearing leopard skin saying she will take care of Wavie now. She wants to take care of Wavie’s government checks. Samantha Rose and Wavie’s extended family are crude, verbally abusive slobs, living in run-down filthy house in the Kentucky neighborhood of Conley Holler. This is exactly the opposite of the quiet life Wavi ...more
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved a great many things about this book. Wavie is a gem. I loved her backstory with her mom, her friends, I even loved Convict Holler. I loved the mystery surrounding Angel Davis. Where the story fell just being short of perfect for me was the unbelievably of the adoptive parents and the "happy" ending.
Imagine you are a kid in a similar situation. Imagine you escape an abusive situation via books, reading about characters in a similar situation to your own. What happens to Wavie is not a re
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just finished this treasure with tear-streaked cheeks. What a beautiful story of hope in the darkest of days. "Hope in the Holler" echoes a theme I loved in Jeannette Walls' "The Glass Castle" - Tyre weaves a story of grief and tragedy without giving readers one moment to feel sorry for her characters. Their spunk and resilience in rising above their circumstances will inspire readers of all ages. Tyre allows us to see deeper into her characters than in her freshman work (the excellent "Last in ...more
Tj Shay
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful book with a multi-layered story that needs to be read and shared. Wavie's mom has died before the story begins and she gets sent to live with an aunt. Everything looks great on the surface, but there are things to learn.

As a teacher, I thought it was an amazing story to speak to kids about not being afraid of getting out of their small town and having big dreams. One character should be in a Gifted and Talented class, but plays simple because there's no sense in working too h
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