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

  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Linda Atkinson
    Feb 28, 2019
    "You can't fix the world. But you can do your best in your own little corner of it. And you hope." Amen ...
  • 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
    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...
  • Sharon Buxton
    Mar 14, 2019
    B+. fiction, children's fiction, grade 6, friendships, families, wishes, small town, Ohio setting. My one complaint about this book: several references to a fictional devil worshiping group that seemed entirely unnecessary to the plot. ...
  • Taryn
    Feb 25, 2019
    4.5 Wonderful middle grade ...
  • 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...
  • Kristi Huettl
    Apr 14, 2019
    This is s first rate young adult book about shared acts of kindness and kids making a difference. It is warm touching and such a feel good read. Delightful and one I hope my students will read ...
  • Karen Gedeon
    Nov 18, 2018
    Many characters interwoven with hope. Grades 4-6. ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Amy
    Apr 15, 2019
    I love the creativity in this book... the plot of how everything connects is truly like a drop of hope and a pure example of the ripple effect and how kindness matters. ...
  • Bel
    Feb 13, 2019
    A great read, friendship, hope, luck and a little bit of magic. I?m going to enjoy selling this! ...
  • 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 ...
  • Tracy Smith
    Mar 29, 2019
    A beautiful story about the power of simple kindness and friendship to heal a community. ...
  • Stacy
    Feb 22, 2019
    A bit of Okay For Now, a bit of Ms. Bixby's Last Day a whole lot of its own story full of heart and real life. What can happen when hope is shared and kindness is passed on. Loved it. ...
  • Lynn Fullerton
    Jan 28, 2019
    I really liked this one. It is written similarly to Because of Mr. Terupt with many characters sharing different parts of the story. My negatives would be I had forgotten how some of the stories intertwined by the end, and some of the characters are stock characters. It be an interesti...
  • 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...
  • Karen Saupe
    Mar 15, 2019
    Excellent story - the plot is complex and well-constructed, the characters are compelling. This one is hard to put down. ...
  • Brandy
    Feb 10, 2019
    This book has all the feels. A town on the verge, a magical well, 3 sixth graders. So many stories, and so much hope. My favorite quote, "You can't fix the world. But you do your best in your own little corner of it. And you hope." A must read and a must share! ...
  • 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...
  • Elizabeth
    Apr 19, 2019
    This book was very enjoyable and heartwarming. I really enjoyed seeing how everything falls into place. The characters were darling. Overall a very enjoyable book. 10/10 would recommend ...