A Drop of Hope
Ryan's family doesn't have a lot of extra money, and it seems like his father is working a lot, and mad when he actually is home.
Ernest's family has plenty of money, but Ernest doesn't have any friends.
Lizzy's mom is a nurse, and she works a lot. Lizzy gets good grades in school, but her aunt and her cousin judge her and her mom for not paying more attention to appearances.
And there's Thompkins Well - an out of the way fixture in an out of the way small town. People have been throwing in coins and making wishes there for a long time, but then some wishes start coming true. Is it magic? Is it kindness? Is there something unusual that seems to bring people together in unexpected ways?
Mostly realistic fiction, this book incorporates a bit of fantasy and a healthy mix of mystery delivered through multiple perspectives and plot threads.
This book is trying to do something a little different, which is always a good thing in middle grade fiction. Although we have seen Unusual Things Happening in Town before (A Snicker of Magic, Maybe a Fox), as well as books written from many perspectives (Wonder, Because of Mr. Terupt), there are details in this story that are distinctive. There are some satisfying moments with each main character, but it is primarily the plot, not the characters, that guides the story. There are a lot of moving parts and people that connect, which may please some readers and confuse others.
"The small part of Ernest's brain that wasn't presently consumed with his immediate annihilation couldn't help but wonder why now?"
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