Recommended for Readers
in Grades 6 and up
2001 - Newbery Honor
Hope moves around a lot, but she's always the most talented waitress, wherever she goes. In the small town where she lands at the beginning of this book, she becomes involved with a political campaign. A big company is in charge of everything, it seems. Can an honest individual ever challenge the entrenched power? What is Hope's responsibility to this town?
Strong writing, with plenty of distinctive characters. Although this is another book about someone dealing with an absent parent and connecting to small town community members, the story's political intrigue and some genuine moments in relationships make it stand out from the crowd.
The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.
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