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Hope was here

by Bauer, Joan, 1951-

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Where To Find It

Call number: Teen Fiction, R Newbery Honor 2001

Available Copies: Traverwood Teen

Additional Details

Youth level.

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.

Community Reviews

Very Moving

I think that this book was great. It really showed how Hope felt, whether it was sad, happy, or in-between. Hope Was Here is about a girl named Hope who has been moving her whole life in order to find a job for her and her aunt. It also follows her sadness that her mother abandoned her and doesn't really care about her. The book gives hope to everyone that Hope meets, which is why it is a really good name for Hope. She does live up to her name.

Pretty nice book. I enjoyed it.


I think that Hope Was Here is a fairly simple, yet complicated book with a decently set plot entitling 16-year old Hope being torn away from Brooklyn, New York to Mulhoney, Wisconsin, for her aunt to cook there. Somehow, in the normal course of events, Hope gets tangled up in various places, and she finds her real desire.

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