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  • Library Binding: 186 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439516405
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439516409
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,055,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A 'feel good', but thought-provoking young adult read, full of wise advice on life and love - with an extra helping of good food! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Somehow I knew my time had come when Bambi Barnes tore her order book into little pieces, hurled it in the air like confetti, and got fired from the Rainbow Diner in Pensacola right in the middle of lunchtime rush. Read the first page
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Dec. 2006
Format: Paperback
HOPE WAS HERE is a brilliant book by an equally brilliant author, Joan Bauer. When I read this book for the first time (my copy is worn; I've read it so often!), I was an instant fan of the author. HOPE WAS HERE is worth your time, worth your money, and worth anything else that you have to do to get your hands on this book.

Hope is a sixteen-year-old waitress who has lived all across America with her Aunt Addie. Hope's mother (who, upon seeing her tiny baby for the first time, named her Marigold, of all things. Addie's twelfth birthday present to her niece was a name change.) has long been out of the picture, visiting only occasionally with tidbits of advice.

Waitressing at the diner in Brooklyn was great for Hope, but, like all good things, it comes to an end. The owner stole all of the money and ran off, leaving Addie and Hope with nothing. The two of them boarded up the windows, and, just before driving off, Hope left her mark: Hope Was Here, in blue ballpoint pen at the edge of one of the boards.

Addie and Hope are off to a small town in Wisconsin. When they get there, they meet G.T., the owner of the local diner where Addie will be cooking and Hope will be waitressing. G.T is a man the town loves, and he's going to run for mayor and change things. The current mayor, a scheming, dishonest typical politician, isn't standing for that, though. He's got to bring up how G.T. has leukemia, and is dying. How, he says, can a man who is dying take care of an entire town? He might not be alive in a few months.

G.T. isn't alone, though. Hope, Addie, and countless others are trying to get him elected, so that he can do some good for the town. Even though things are hard, they've still got to have hope.

This novel is amazing.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 April 2005
Format: Paperback
This book explores Hope's thoughts and feelings as she helps her friends on a political campaign. Joan Bauer has written as Hope, hiving us a one-on-one approach to her. The book is wriiten excellently and explores all the topics it is aimed to.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
The best Bauer yet! 19 Sept. 2000
By Cathryn Burke - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Bauer is one of my favorite authors, so I snatched this one up as soon as I found it. It is definitely my favorite so far. Hope and her aunt leave Brooklyn to travel to a small town in Wisconsin. There they will help GT, owner of the Welcome Stairways Diner, who is suffering from leukemia. He surprises everyone in town by announcing his candidacy for mayor. Many won't support him due to his illness, but Hope and many of the town's teenagers rally behind him in an attempt to oust the corrupt town leaders. Bauer's trademark humor and Hope's feistiness makes this book a joy to read!
50 of 55 people found the following review helpful
HOPE is here now! 17 Oct. 2000
By A Lover of Good Books. . . . . . . . - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Like most reviews, this one is late. In our world with so many complex problems, what is one late book review? What could I possibly give you, the reader, that would make any difference in your life? Ah.....maybe one thing. A tip on hope. Although HOPE WAS HERE was designed for young adult readers, it abounds with hope for all who read it. And, you have to admit it, we all need hope.
There are a lot of stories out there for young readers today. Some stories sling the hash, others sling the bull. But at the end of a long day would you rather have something that sticks to your ribs or to the bottom of your shoes? This story sticks with you like good food and gives you that well-being feeling of a rush of endorphins. The author, Joan Bauer, isn't like many short-visioned writers churning out garbage for young minds. She entices the young reader with real people, real pain, and real hope.
Bauer weaves her plots with a high-energy girl named Hope who offers "full-service waitressing" mixed with common sense, honesty, and solid restraurant philosophy. Hope is a rejected transplant with only one constant relationship in her life. Using that as a seed of hope, and watered with the intrigue of dirty-play politics, Bauer gives us a must-finish story.
When you've finished, you realize you have been in the presence of "do the right thing, no matter who opposes you" kind of people. People of character, morals, and truth. Meet the restrautant owner fighting for his life and community fairness; the young cook who rates at least an 7.4 and rising on the male cuteness scale; the faithful aunt who subs as a mom and cooks with professional creative flair, and the gang of school kids who actually make a difference in their town.
Oh, there are plenty of antagonists, too, who play their sinister roles. We see them in this little Wisconsin dairy town fashioned as a microcosm for the self-serving politics of any town or nation. If you are asking if there is any help, trust, or truth left to maintain our freedoms, you will find this a great text book. But wait, this is for young readers not flag wavers or bible thumpers. My point exactly! Just when you've given up on how to serve good food to kids without them knowing it, this book comes along and hope come with it. It welcomes the reader like twin "Welcome Stairways." They remind you that no matter where you are coming from or what you we seek in a book, you leave blessed for the time spent.
Like a great engrossing movie that makes you unaware of the actors acting, Bauer's writing skills make us forget that this is fiction. This makes the reader delight in being part of Hope's life. We get a taste of the food service trade with funny but thoughtful rules of professional waitnessing. We get the common sense of survival through a free verse poem straight from a heart of a teenager's pain. We get clever one liners worth remembering.........."a B-minus in Grief," "a creaking door of friendship opening," and the "sweet snyergy of food service." Oh, and don't forget the hearse outside ready to cart us away - reminding us to make the days count.
So it is all here: great touchable characters kids and adults can relate to, an intriguing plot for today's times, humor that takes the edge off reality's pain, and a crafted style of writing that gives young adults books a new standard of measure. Oh, and let's not forget that books for young people are more than primers, they help shape moral development that schools and parents say we need, but forget to teach.
Well, the first election of the century is almost here. Politics, being what is, needs thoughtful voters. Vote, but read this book first. Pick up a copy soon......for HOPE WAS HERE is NOW here at your local book stores. You'll thank me for taking my advice. You'll thank Joan Bauer for her creative talents reminding us all not to give up but to do our part because HOPE is here now.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Hope Was Here 21 April 2001
By englishmu - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Sixteen-year-old Hope, is a strong, independent, and, at times hilarious teenager. Hope, an acclaimed waitress, and her Aunt Addie, a widely acclaimed diner cook, have toured the country working at different diners. Before the twosome leave each diner, Hope writes/carves her mark - "Hope Was Here". Hope and her aunt embark on a little town in Wisconsin. There Hope meets G.T. Stoop, the owner of the diner where Hope and her aunt work. G.T., who has leukemia, decides to run for mayor in an attempt to defeat a corrupt incumbant. Hope is at G.T.'s side, serving somewhat as an assistant, helping him with the campaign - G.T. leaves a lasting impression on Hope.Hope Was Here_ is a great novel. This novel is great for teaching characterization and plot. This novel is not only helpful in the English classroom, but also helpful in a history classroom as it discusses politics - campaigning (dirty at times) and voting.
This book reaches readers of all academic levels as it teaches one that he/she grows stronger through adversity. This was a wonderful novel!
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Hope Was Here 5 Feb. 2002
By Rebekah McNaney - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
How would you like your name to be Tulip? Meet Hope, a sixteen-year old girl, whose real name is Tulip. She decided a while back that she hated that name, so she changed it to Hope. She and her Aunt Addie are about to move from their diner in exciting New York, to what Hope thinks will be boring Wisconsin. Follow a girl whose excellant waitressing skills, knowlege of politics, family and friends, inspire others.This book is perfect for young adults, or for people who have lost all hope.
Joan Baur writes this book in an easy-to-read, humorous and touching way, that shows you that there IS hope, and that there IS a way. Mrs.Baur takes us on a journey through Hope's eyes. Hope overcomes the obstacles in her city. In this book you'll laugh, cry, and be touched all at the same time.
Hope Was Here is a book with interesting characters, some good, some bad.You'll meet G.T Stoop, a leukemia patient with high hopes for the community, and Eli Millstone, the mayor whose a cheater and deciever. This book will bring hope to anybody's life. As Aunt Addie says about hope,"It's like the thrill I get from shoving a raw-plucked chicken into the oven and knowing that in a little while I'll have a soul-satisfying entree,"
Hope Was Here is a book for anybody who likes suspence, romance, and real-life situations will enjoy this book. Next time you are at the library, be sure to check out this Hope Was Here.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Well-done Grill and Gratitude Story 18 Nov. 2002
By Virginia Lore - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Hope has a thick skin--you have to in order to be such a great waitress. But at 16, when she and her aunt move to a Midwestern small town to run the diner there, her carefully-constructed detachment is challenged when she meets the owner. G.T. has a way of drawing people in, whether they be the townsfolk he wants to get votes from, or the new waitress he wants to befriend. For Hope, this is a first: a friend who cares more about other people than he does his own health, even if he does have leukemia.
Joan Bauer deserves the distinction this book has won as a Newbury Honor Book. Hope Was Here is a warm and friendly read, completely engaging and hard to put down, and I felt good about the world after I read it. It gets my highest recommendation for any teen or adult who likes Sandra Bullock movies or Maeve Binchy novels or who is curious about the other side of the counter.
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