A Drop of Hope

A Drop of Hope

A well. A wish. And a little drop of hope. Times are tough. Jobs are scarce and miracles are in short supply. But something strange is happening in If Only, Ohio. An old well has suddenly, impossibly, begun to grant wishes. And three sixth graders are the only ones who know why. Ernest Wilmette believes a good deed makes magic happen. Ryan Hardy thinks they should just min A well. A wish. And a little drop of hope. Times are tough. Jobs are scarce and miracles are in short supply....

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Title:A Drop of Hope
Author:Keith Calabrese
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Genres:Childrens
ISBN:1338233203
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

A Drop of Hope Reviews

  • Melanie
    Jun 01, 2019
    What a surprise find this book was! I got it from our library but will be buying it for a re-read sometime soon. I love middle grade novels and use the excuse of pre-screening them for my daughter to read as many as I can. Upon finishing, I instantly handed this one to my girl, and hop...
  • Laura
    Feb 10, 2019
    I'm a little tired of the rich kid who isn't liked because he's both rich and weird trope, and this book has that. The coincidences that lead to the town's change, where hope is somehow spread via presents that go awry, are a little much but also make some sense. What bothered me more ...
  • Mary Lee
    Jun 02, 2019
    Yes, it's both fantasy and realistic fiction. Love the way the stories are interwoven, and the short chapters that move forward and backward in time. Lots of characters, lots of story lines to keep track of. Great for read aloud. Two quotes, "Stories bind us together; they conne...
  • Lynn
    Jan 31, 2019
    Read on the trip home from ALA and this held my interest through flight cancellations, last minute scrambles for alternatives, terrible weather, delays and discomfort which says a lot for the book ;-) Really charming with a deeply interconnected set of circumstances. Magic or coinci...
  • Barbara
    Jun 21, 2019
    Like so many other small towns, Cliffs Donnelly, Ohio, has fallen on hard times. And the times look to be worsening as one of the industries that is providing jobs for many of the citizens seems to be in trouble too. When the students in Mr. Earle's sixth grade class at Rod Serling Mid...
  • Sharon Lawler
    May 23, 2019
    A group of sixth grade classmates gradually bond in a plot full of twists and turns. The legend of the old town well provides the stage for the townspeople and students to express they hopes and desires, but the use of the long forgotten toys in the attic to facilitate the fulfillment ...
  • Richie Partington
    Nov 18, 2018
    Richie?s Picks: A DROP OF HOPE by Keith Calabrese, Scholastic Press, February 2019, 320p., ISBN: 978-1-338-23320-9 ?You may say I?m a dreamer But I?m not the only one? -- John Lennon ??Thompkins Well?? Ernest said. ?We?re inside Thompkins Well?? ?Yeah, ...
  • Sandra Stiles
    Feb 24, 2019
    I Received an ARC from the author to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own. Whenever I approach a new book to review for middle grade students and my shelves at school I look at it through two different lenses. The first is that of a middle school teacher. Is ...
  • Steph
    Mar 29, 2019
    I?ve been dying to get my hands on this book, and I?m so glad spring break came along so I actually had time to read it! This book is full of characters who live such different lives, struggle with such different circumstances, and yet all have wishes of their own. More than ever, ...
  • Ms. Yingling
    Jan 01, 2019
    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus Times are tough for many of the students at Rod Serling Middle School in Cliffs Donnelly, Ohio. Ernest, whose father runs a local parts factory, has just lost his grandfather and needs to clean out his attic. Ryan's father, who works at the factory, wat...
  • Mandy
    Mar 19, 2019
    This book is phenomenal! A realistic fiction for middle grade readers about a bit of hope and small kindnesses creating a much bigger impact than you can imagine. I love that it is real, not glossing everything over and making life seem cookie cutter perfect. Will recommend to everyone...
  • Mary
    May 09, 2019
    Not sure why I got this book in the mail to review, but so glad I read it. Intended for kids, it touched my heart and even brought tears as the compelling story unfolded. We all need hope and help, and that?s what develops among the unlikely characters in this needy community. We wit...
  • Leah Moore
    Apr 03, 2019
    Ignore the lame cover and cheesy title - this book was really good! Fans of magical realism and Kate DiCamillo's books should pick this up. In his grandpas attic, a boy finds a pile of toys, old but never played with - and maybe a bit magic... They are the start of an amazing scho...
  • Keshia
    Mar 06, 2019
    @kidlitexchange #partner Thanks to the #kidlitexchange network and publisher @scholasticinc, and author #keithcalabrese for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own. A Drop of Hope is a great middle grade novel about unlikely friendships. I love books like this because th...
  • Amber K.
    Feb 08, 2019
    I loved this book and found it so fascinating to see the consequences of one small action and what it could lead to. This would be a great family read aloud, classroom read aloud for grades 4 and up or a small group reading book. This book could lead to many deep conversations with kid...
  • Nicole
    Jun 17, 2019
    The premise was promising. I did appreciate the fact that the author stresses the left-out feeling kids feel, when adults leave them out of important discussions. However, there are far too many characters to keep up with, along with the odd breaks/changes within each chapter. Maybe th...
  • Susan
    Feb 17, 2019
    Thank you to @scholasticinc and @kidlitexchange for sharing a review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. All the stars ?????for this unforgettable MG book!! This heart print story reminds us that the small kindnesses we encounter everyday make our lives worth livi...
  • Ms. Jaimes
    Jul 06, 2019
    Considering a book as one of the first read alouds of the school year is a huge compliment, and that?s the category A Drop of Hope has earned. With a gently sweet earnestness, a group of students at Rod Serling Middle School in Cliffs Donnelly, Ohio explore mysterious events centered...
  •  wade
    Jun 18, 2019
    This is one of those young adult novels in which you know event after event will comes out right. The story primarily centers on three kids (two boys and a girl), a wishing well and an attic full of miscellaneous items. Wishes are made and the items in the attic are central to making ...
  • Carro Herdegen
    Jun 09, 2019
    Language: PG (1 swears, 0 ?f?); Mature Content: PG; Violence: G The people of Cliffs Donnelly have fallen upon hard times?illness, friendships, job security, stress, family issues, you name it and someone is struggling with it. As everyone struggles with their own problems and i...
  • Karen Gedeon
    Nov 18, 2018
    Many characters interwoven with hope. Grades 4-6. ...
  • Shane Harcombe
    Jun 21, 2019
    4.5 stars. This is a very sweet book that explores life in small town America, the emotional needs of kids and the power of hope. At times it was reminiscent of Wonder, both in the sweet tone and the multiple perspectives the story is told from. Ryan, Ernest and Lizzie are the 3 mai...
  • Carolyn Stover
    Jan 25, 2019
    Three 6th graders, Ernest, Ryan and Lizzy know they can?t fix everything but what they can do is give some a drop of hope with the help of a legendary magic well and some very old toys from Ernest?s grandfather. I think the relationships between the kids and within families were pr...
  • American Mensa
    Jun 04, 2019
    A Book with a Great Story, But not Great Pacing This book - A Drop of Hope - has quite a few positives and negatives surrounding its story as a whole. However, before you can know that, you have to know the plot. This book centers around a wishing well in a town nicknamed ?If Onl...
  • Kristin Siems whittaker
    Apr 08, 2019
    No thanks! I read the first few chapters and wouldn?t allow my fourth grader to read any more. Once we got to the poor sad single mother who puts on scrubs everyday for long shifts at the hospital. I have 7 years of college education and am proud to wear scrubs for long shifts at the...
  • Tara
    Feb 14, 2019
    This is an upbeat, mostly fun (as you might suspect from the title) book that looks at a community through several middle schoolers' experiences. The story is well-told and easy to follow. I kept wondering, as I read it, how the author slipped in scenes from peripheral characters that ...
  • Melissa Edwards
    May 22, 2019
    What a great plot! This books really makes me smile! I loved getting to know the characters, and the overall positive feeling even when things aren't going exactly right. Here is one of my favorite parts: : "You can't fix the world. But you can do your best in your own little corner of...
  • Susan Chambers
    Mar 31, 2019
    Wonderfully, surprisingly amazing story. Perhaps being from Ohio helps, but could relate to the area, the characters, and the message. Breaking the chapters down to short reads really could help many reluctant readers. Story is fast paced but not overwhelming with interesting, relatabl...
  • Alex Johnson
    Apr 05, 2019
    This book feels like your quintessential middle grade novel: characters who are a little trope-y and who learn about the power of friendship. But where this book really shone was how all the events and side characters became interwoven into a whole story. Calabrese does a great job at ...
  • Shan Salter
    Apr 09, 2019
    @kidlitexchange #partner #bookstagram #kidlitexchange #kidlit #bookreview @scholasticinc #keithcalabrese Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. A Drop of Hope by Keith Calabrese If you've been searching for a middle-gra...