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Call Me Hope

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  1,351 Ratings  ·  243 Reviews
Book Description Publication Date: June 1, 2008 | Grade Level: 3 and up As 11-year-old Hope struggles to live under the pressures of her verbally abusive mother, she's tempted to run away but instead chooses resilience. She creates a secret safe haven and an innovative point system (giving herself points for every bad thing her mother says to her); finds comfort and inspir ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 1st 2008 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published April 1st 2007)
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Tina Kacey As I remember, the setting isn't specified but it probably takes place in Oregon where the author lives. It is about a girl who is being emotionally…moreAs I remember, the setting isn't specified but it probably takes place in Oregon where the author lives. It is about a girl who is being emotionally abused at home.(less)

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Kerry Cerra
Aug 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Eleven-year old Hope Elliot takes a lot of abuse, but being called hopeless, or sworn at doesn’t hurt nearly as much as being called stupid. What’s worse, it’s her own mom who hurls these insults at Hope on a daily basis. Sadly, Hope is so used to it, she’s learned to live in her bedroom, tiptoe around the house when Mom’s home, and never, ever ask her mom for anything. That is, until the permission slips for sixth grade Outdoor School are handed out. Hope’s been dreaming about the five day camp ...more
Gretchen Olson
Jan 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you for the gratifying response to my book, Call Me Hope. I am pleased it is reaching deep into readers' hearts & souls.

My goal was to acquaint readers, as young as possible, with the insidious nature of verbal abuse. I have yearned to sweep children into my arms after I've witnessed parents yelling, swearing, and humiliating them in public; I have wanted to wipe their tears and assure them that they are NOT dumb shits, stupid, worthless, idiots; to assure them that they are valuable
Jul 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was one of those "Couldn't put down books." The kind you read before class and on the way home from school. I was not excited about having to read the Oregon Battle of the Books, books in 6th grade, but I'm glad I did because I got to read one book I really loved, Call Me Hope.
Anyce Paul-Emile
Do you want to read a book that makes you really think about life, and wonder how other people live? A book that can make you feel like your the character making a decision on what to do? If this is the kind of book you want to read, then this is the book for you. This is a realistic fictional book that can touch your heart.This is a great story that can really change your thoughts.
This story takes place sometime around the 21st century, in a small town. It is about a 6th grader who is struggl
Dec 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
in my opinion, this book was one of the best I have ever read. It was tense dramatic, terrifying, and funny all at one. The story is about a teenage girl who endures verbal, and sometimes physical abuse by her mother, all the while her older brother is just a bystander. This issue is extremely relatable to many girls, and even boys in our society today. This book was literally heart breaking because of the negative and degrading language Hope's mother uses in order to talk to her daughter. The s ...more
Mar 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone basically, but it is more of a girl's book.
This is a great book! The author works for the "Hands and Words are Not For Hurting" project (or at least I think that's what it's called) which fights against verbal and physical abuse. Something I thought was interesting about this book was that it was about verbal abuse. For most people, whenever they hear the words "child abuse," they think physical abuse. But really verbal abuse has just as much impact on the child. Words can hurt just as much.

This book is about a girl named Hope who lives
V. Gingerich
Nov 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The story of Hope (sometimes called Hopeless) revolves around the diary of Anne Frank, which is really cool. I loved the way the author worked in some Holocaust history and wove two very different story lines together. And I have to say, Hope's teacher was awesome!

Hope is the victim of verbal abuse. The parts where Hope's mom cussed her out and called her names didn't make me the saddest, though. What made me saddest was how pitifully pleased Hope was when someone said someone nice to her. Hones
Sep 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Hope Elliot is twelve years old, and she suffers verbal abuse ... from her mother. "Call Me Hope" tells of Hope's sixth-grade year as she is called "stupid," "hopeless," and cursed at by her mother, works at a second-hand store, and begs her unforgiving mother figure to allow her to go to Outdoor School.

I read this book over the summer, and have reread it again and again. Although this book is really sad, I really enjoyed the way it was written. It's really, really frustrating because Hope begs
Brandi Rae
In many ways, I found this to be an incredibly sad and touching book. Many kids, like Hope, don't even realize that being called stupid, hopeless, dumb, loser or being sweared at or talked to with sarcasm is verbal abuse; causing it to become one of those problems that exists, but not acknowledged. When not confronted, it can lead to other issues, such as depression.

Hope was a great character who was able to find support both in books and from the people around her, and I think that her situatio
Aug 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love and hated this book at the same time. I loved the little girl, Hope, and adored her for being so strong. Hope is in the 6th grade and she is at the top of her school. Her mother is abusive, but not in the way you would think. Her mother abuses her vebally. These horrible words leave Hope trying to practically live in her closet trying to escape them. Hope imagines running away from home everyday to live with someone nicer, whether they are from her school or the shop she loves to go to, N ...more
Emma H.
Apr 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Call Me Hope is an inspirational book about a 12-year-old girl named Hope Elliot. Hope has the life of any average sixth grade student. She rides the bus to Eola Hills Grade school in Washington, has friends, does her homework, and gets along well with her older brother Tyler. There is only one problem with her life. Hope is under constant pressure from her mother, who verbally abuses her nearly every day. To cope with the constant name-calling and putting down, Hope creates a point system for e ...more
Mar 15, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Don't take an intense subject and water it down for an audience of children! You can't water down emotional abuse and trying to do so takes away from the issue at hand. I felt the author could have researched the issue more and written a book for young adults that showed the complexity and intensity of emotional abuse.
Taney Hennick
Sep 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought it was a very frustrating story because she would not tell her mom to stop calling her bad words like stupid and many more mean words to her. But i also thought it a very good book. And that a lot of things that happened to her a normal sixth grade girl would not have to pass through that like her mom not letting her go to outdoor school and calling her hopeless instead of her real name:Hope or having to buy your own boots since your mom would not help you with it or not letting her co ...more
Jan 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Call Me Hope is a touching and inspiring story about the power of courage, strength, and hope. Sixth-grader Hope Elliot struggles with being verbally abused by her mother while her older brother receives normal treatment. Though she often wants to run away, she always picks herself back up and fights through the pain, showing that even an eleven-year-old can find the determination and hope to stay strong. The book is sad, but teaches a very valuable lesson that everyone could learn from.
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book is truly amazing. I fell in love with it instantly. It's pulls you I'm and somehow you just connect with hope. I know I did.
Sushin Dahal
Feb 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was so interesting and also sad. I at least cried ten times while reading this book, and this could have happened to anyone, sadly.
Ella Skov
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read the book "Call Me Hope" by Gretchen Olson. It is about a young girl named Hope who is struggling because her mother is verbally abusive towards her. In order to find some relief, she finds a space of her own. It is somewhere safe where she is able to release some pain. Due to this, she is able to confront her problems and at some point solve them.
I really enjoyed this book. It was very interested and eye opening. I loved the word choice she used it seemed to make the book more vivid. The
El Addams
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is what made me realize that my father is abusive. It is the best piece of fiction about emotional abuse I have ever read. It clearly presents the mother as being in the wrong, and shows possible supports for children being abused. Reading it made me realize that just because my father did not hit, he was not automatically in the right. I still struggle to this day with facing his abuse of both me, my mother, and my sister, but this book put me on the right track to deal with it.

Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We started Read the Book in our german lesson (i'm from germany:) ) and i really dont like to read Books But After i told my mum about this Book she bought it for me and i cant stop to read it i Reader it for the Second Time its my favourite Book. Good work Gretchen olson! (Sorry for my english, i know its bad😂)
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Call Me Hope is an inspiring book.
As soon as I read the first page, I couldn't put it down. Hope has so much courage, and is just an amazing character. This book really inspired me to just be myself, and that life is an amazing adventure.
Isidora Subotic
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hope is suffering from child abuse. It doesn't seem like it though, because her mother is a verbal abuser. It is just as impactful though. Her mother calls her "stupid" and worse, "Hopeless". She uses sarcasm, bad words, and plenty of putdowns. To Hope it seems that whatever she does, her mother is unhappy or worse. Therefore, Hope makes a point chart to help her tolerate her mother's anger. It is just a matter of fixing a connection that Hope and her mother seem to have lost...

I really love thi
Tess Robar
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Call me Hope is a story about a young girl who lives with her mother and brother. Hope is a victim of verbal abuse from her mother. Hope tries many things to cope with this abuse like volunteering at a local thrift shop and creating a point system for different names her mom calls her. It isn't until people from the school intervene that her mother realizes how she is affecting Hope.

I gave this four stars because this story is very empowering. Not only does it show the strength of a young girl,
this book is about a girl who is verbally abused by her mother and she can do nothing to stop it. the girls name is hope. Hope and her brother face this verbal abuse together and both try not to smart off. This verbal abuse causes Hope to miss out a lot of things she would really like to do in her life.
i did not like that the book plot kind of went on forever, its kind of like you already knew what was going to happen when Hope would ask for something or to do something. I also did not like tha
Cindy Hudson
Oct 08, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hope Marie Elliot is eleven years old and in sixth grade. She has a lot to hope for: that her verbally abusive mother will stop calling her stupid and making her feel as though everything she does is wrong, and that she will get to go to Outdoor School at the end of the school year. But Hope is aptly named, and while her mother's insults continue unabated, she begins to form a refuge for herself. She throws her energy into school work and takes on a challenging project related to Anne Frank's di ...more
Feb 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sarah Hoffmann
Call me Hope, by Gretchen Olson was a sad book with a happy ending. Hope who is 11, has been bullied ever since she was young. And she has no one to talk to it about except her brother. Why? You might ask. Well that is because her bully is her mom. Hopes mom is verbally abusive to her. She will call her many inappropriate words and things such as " hopeless, stupid, dumb." Hope seems to never do anything right, because her mom always yells at her for everything she does. To get through the rough ...more
Not a long review, but just a review to express my feelings and thoughts.

This was a stunning book. About a girl being verbally abused by her mom, and for most of the book, nobody does a thing. Even though most do know that it isn't going all that well with Hope and her family. Her brother even knows about it, but just silently cheers for Hope, and does nothing more. :(

I loved Hope, though at times you really noticed she was a kid. Like selling your mom's prom dress? Are you serious? I can imagin
Sep 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The main character is a girl called Hope. She lives in a very small town with her mother and her older brother. She has no friends her age only 2 adult friends and 1 young adult friend. Well, the young adult is actually is an adult. She is 19. I call 18 and 19 year-olds, young adults. She lives a very quiet and boring life. She doesn't really talk to her mom when she home, but when she does her mom does keep the conversation going. And whenever she talks to her older brother, who is I think is ...more
Nov 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hope is excited about 6th grade. She's heard about the legendary Outdoor School event and she is thrilled that she will soon take part in this ritual. Her teacher has chosen some interesting books for them to read, and she has discovered a secondhand shop run by kind people who allow her a chance to earn her way to get a pair of much needed boots.

But what Hope wishes for more than anything -- perhaps even more than Outdoor School -- is that her mother would stop calling her "stupid" and "dumbs**
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