Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Call Me Hope by Gretchen Olson

Book Description by
As 11-year-old Hope struggles to live under the pressures of her verbally abusive mother, she's tempted to run away but instead chooses resilience. She creates a secret safe haven and an innovative point system (giving herself points for every bad thing her mother says to her); finds comfort and inspiration from Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl; and gains a support team. Ultimately, Hope able to confront her mother about her hurtful words and help her begin to change. This is an engaging, satisfying novel, about an important and not widely-understood issue, that will touch and inspire readers.

My 25 cents:
I picked this book up because so many students want to read A CHILD CALLED IT, which is about child abuse of author Dave Pelzer, I thought this might be a book those readers would want to read as well.
This book is an excellent story because while the abuse is verbal, that is left to the imagination of the reader more than explained in great detail.  The main character in this story is a true hero that works her way through this issue with dignity and courage.  I found myself rooting for her to hang in there and be strong!  Great story, recommend it for older elementary and middle school students both.

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