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A Drop of Hope

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  13 reviews
"A book that reminds us of the kindness we are all capable of." -- Gary D. Schmidt, Newbery Honor winner and author of Okay For Now

A well. A wish. And a little drop of hope.

Times are tough. Jobs are scarce and miracles are in short supply. But something strange is happening in If Only, Ohio. An old well has suddenly, impossibly, begun to grant wishes. And three sixth gra
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by Scholastic Press
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Richie Partington
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Richie’s Picks: A DROP OF HOPE by Keith Calabrese, Scholastic Press, February 2019, 320p., ISBN: 978-1-338-23320-9

“You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one”
-- John Lennon

“‘Thompkins Well?’ Ernest said. ‘We’re inside Thompkins Well?’
‘Yeah, I think so.’ Ryan picked up one of the coins. ‘Explains all the change. Some of these are pretty old.’
‘Hello?’ A voice echoed around them; it seemed to come from the well itself,
Ryan and Ernest froze,
‘Ryan…” Ernest whispered, but his voice quivering u
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Karen Gedeon
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tween, family, friendship
Many characters interwoven with hope. Grades 4-6.
Susan
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to @scholasticinc and @kidlitexchange for sharing a review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

All the stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐for this unforgettable MG book!! This heart print story reminds us that the small kindnesses we encounter everyday make our lives worth living. You’ll also read about friendship and caring teachers, as you begin to understand the struggles and repercussions suffered by a small midwestern town when their factories close one by one until there is only one left. You’ll
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Ms. Yingling
Jan 01, 2019 rated it liked it
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Times are tough for many of the students at Rod Serling Middle School in Cliffs Donnelly, Ohio. Ernest, whose father runs a local parts factory, has just lost his grandfather and needs to clean out his attic. Ryan's father, who works at the factory, watches too much television news and makes sure that Ryan does lots of work mowing other people's yards for money, even though Ryan insists on mowing for one elderly lady for free. Lizzy's father has left, and her single moth
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Tara
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is an upbeat, mostly fun (as you might suspect from the title) book that looks at a community through several middle schoolers' experiences. The story is well-told and easy to follow. I kept wondering, as I read it, how the author slipped in scenes from peripheral characters that enhanced the plot without disrupting the flow of the narrative or the connection with the main characters, then I read the author description on the back cover and found out that he is a screenwriter so no wonder t ...more
Lynn
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Read on the trip home from ALA and this held my interest through flight cancellations, last minute scrambles for alternatives, terrible weather, delays and discomfort which says a lot for the book ;-)

Really charming with a deeply interconnected set of circumstances. Magic or coincidence, human purpose or chance? Definitely intricate with a large cast of characters and a convoluted but fascinating set of events, this will take a good reader with a bit of patience who is looking for something a bi
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Amber
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved this book and found it so fascinating to see the consequences of one small action and what it could lead to. This would be a great family read aloud, classroom read aloud for grades 4 and up or a small group reading book. This book could lead to many deep conversations with kids about actions and the consequences of those actions.
Lynn Fullerton
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really liked this one. It is written similarly to Because of Mr. Terupt with many characters sharing different parts of the story. My negatives would be I had forgotten how some of the stories intertwined by the end, and some of the characters are stock characters. It be an interesting book for a classroom to read and discuss together.
Carolyn Stover
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Three 6th graders, Ernest, Ryan and Lizzy know they can’t fix everything but what they can do is give some a drop of hope with the help of a legendary magic well and some very old toys from Ernest’s grandfather. I think the relationships between the kids and within families were pretty realistic.
Brandy
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book has all the feels. A town on the verge, a magical well, 3 sixth graders. So many stories, and so much hope. My favorite quote, "You can't fix the world. But you do your best in your own little corner of it. And you hope."

A must read and a must share!
Bel
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great read, friendship, hope, luck and a little bit of magic. I’m going to enjoy selling this!
Ginger
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Christine
This was a very well written book. It was unexpected approach to friendship and how people who are different from one another can be friends. It was a great book on how hope can really change people.
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Shauna Yusko
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Quite a few characters to track. But the right reader will like this story of random acts of kindness with a little dose of magic.
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