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Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer
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Hope Was Here (2000)

by Joan Bauer

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  SteppLibrary | May 21, 2019 |
When Hope and her aunt move to small-town Wisconsin to take over the local diner, Hope's not sure what to expect. But what they find is that the owner, G.T., isn't quite ready to give up yet - in fact, he's decided to run for mayor against a corrupt candidate. And as Hope starts to make her place at the diner, she also finds herself caught up in G.T.'s campaign - particularly his visions for the future. After all, as G.T. points out, everyone can use a little hope to help get through the tough times... even Hope herself.
  dneirick | May 7, 2019 |
good story but easy to lose interest, however. Wonderful story of a girl overcoming moving to a new home. ( )
  Taylor.Loose | Apr 10, 2019 |
HOPE WAS HERE offers many YA and adult challenges in different directions, from a mother's rejection to the death of a father.

The plot moves smoothly along, with humor and character defining politics. Characters are lightly drawn where more depth would be welcome:
what is Flo's life outside the restaurant? what motivates a female police person to defend left political stances?
why so much emphasis on everyone eating so much meat? how did Jillian learn her way around a computer? what is Adam's background?

The story is so welcoming and warm and loving that it would have been better to hold off on the too predictable ending with a carefully rendered sequel.
Each young character would move on out to deal with the world, then back to make the family even more solid.
Insight into the mother's motivations - from her perspective this time - would round things out.

Sure wish this had all been more developed - lots of lost possibilities! ( )
  m.belljackson | Dec 27, 2018 |
Wowza, this book! So amazing! Definitely check it out! (and grab a box of tissues too.) ( )
  SarahGraceGrzy | Oct 2, 2018 |
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For Paster JoAnn Clark, Laura Smalley, and Rita Zuidema - midwives sure and true
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Somehow I knew my time had come when Bambie Barnes tore her order book into little pieces, hurled it in the air like confetti, and got fired from the Rainbow Diner in Pensacola right in the middle of lunchtime rush.
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This inspirational book is sure to be a keeper for most teenagers who read it. One finds themselves rooting for who Hope is as a member of the lower working class and what she stands for. A Newbery Honor Book and ALA Notable Book, this is a great independent reading book. It could also be read as a side project or assignment for a High School Sociology class in order to study her lower working class routes. Here is the link to the Good Reads blog post for the book: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52...
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Here's a book that's as warm and melty as a grilled Swiss on seven-grain bread, and just as wholesome and substantial. Ever since the boss promoted her from bus girl two and a half years ago when she was 14, Hope has been a waitress--and a darn good one, too. She takes pride in making people happy with good food, as does her aunt Addie, a diner cook extraordinaire. The two of them have been a pair ever since Hope's waitress mother abandoned her as a baby, and now they have come to rural Wisconsin to run the Welcome Stairways café for G.T. Stoop, who is dying of leukemia. But he's not dead yet, as the kindly and greathearted restaurant owner demonstrates when he decides to run for mayor against the wicked and corrupt Eli Millstone.

As old-fashioned goodness lines up against the bad guys, the campaign leads Hope in exciting new directions: a boyfriend who is a great grill man, a new sense of herself and her mission as a waitress, and--when Addie and G.T. finally realize that they are meant for each other--the father she has always wanted. And all of it backed up with stuffed pork tenderloin, butterscotch cream pie, and the rhythm of the short-order dance.

Joan Bauer, who won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Rules of the Road, has served up a delicious novel in Hope Was Here, full of delectable characters, tasty wit, and deep-dish truth. (Ages 12 and older) --Patty Campbell

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When sixteen-year-old Hope and the aunt who has raised her move from Brooklyn to Mulhoney, Wisconsin, to work as waitress and cook in the Welcome Stairways diner, they become involved with the diner owner's political campaign to oust the town's corrupt mayor.… (more)

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