Hope Was Here (英語) ペーパーバック – 2005/6/2
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A Newbery Honor Book
Joan Bauer's beloved Newbery Honor book--now with a great new look for middle grade readers!
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.
Filled with heart, charm, and good old-fashioned fun, this is Joan Bauer at her best.
* “When it comes to creating strong, independent, and funny teenaged female characters, Bauer is in a class by herself ... Bauer tells a fast-paced, multilayered story with humor but does not gloss over the struggle[s].”—School Library Journal, starred review
“Bauer has succeeded in creating another quirky, poignant, and funny novel about a strong girl who admits her frailties ... Hope’s story is highly recommended for both middle and high school students.”—VOYA
“Another entry in Bauer’s growing collection of books about likable and appealing female teenagers with a strong vocational calling ... As always from Bauer, this novel is full of humor, starring a strong and idealistic protagonist, packed with funny lines, and peopled with interesting and quirky characters.” —Kirkus Reviews
"Hope is as full of optimism as her name and there are lots of fabulous descriptions of food. Heartwarming" (Kit Spring Observer)
"It's a triumph of conviction, wit and style over social and political naivety" (Books for Keeps)
"How can you resist such a wholesome book which has the message that the antidote to miscontent and unhappiness in the world is good food, especially pecan pie?" (The School Librarian)
"Its triumph is the way in which Bauer manages to recount the internecine politics and power struggles of a small, midwestern town" (Michael Thorn Scotsman)
"This is a thought provoking, beautifully written novel" (Waterstones Books Quarterly) --このテキストは、図書館版に関連付けられています。
Some of the objections posted here I find unfounded. Hope's entire motivation in life is to seek out the love she misses from her MIA Dad while trying to accept her AWOL mother's attitude. She finds comfort in her imaginations about a loving father and ekes out bits of value from her mother's advice about waiting on tables. These two merge as a force that drives her forward in the book. Her head is motivated by her desire to be the best server and her heart by drawing near to a father. It's all there and justifies all her actions.
Oh, there's one other motivation that fills any open gaps, her devotion to her aunt. I found that everything she does is propelled by these.
I too felt a flaw in the book is the simplification of politics. The Mayor character is too flat, the Cheese company is Vadar like. But unlike one reviewer I saw the politics the other way around. Wisconsin can be a very blue state and small local politics is often devoid of real national issues. So I saw these as liberal people grasping for control, using corporations badly. Despite the usual corporate metaphors and our national rhetoric, we all know that dirty machine politics is the sole domain of no one party. Heck, the Dems wrote the book on corporate, government and local domination at Tammany Hall.
But after a momentary bit of labeling, I discarded the cliches. The story transcended party politics. Its about struggle, finding a cause that's worthy and keeping hope alive.
Integrity, love and hope are universal. This book weves these three qualities into a dramatic stroy that touched my family.
Can't wait for the movie version.
Normally, I would have said that this is more of a book for girls. However our grandson was fascinated by the story and introduced to some sensitivities that all children can identify with regardless of their gender.