Hope Was Here

By: Joan Bauer

Summary - Hannah Gaecke

Hope isn’t so easy to find anymore when Hope and Addie move to Mulhoney. In the beginning of the novel Hope Was Here, Hope is moving again to a new place to work in a diner with Addie her mom supposedly saying, Hope’s mom left her when she was a little girl so now Addie takes care of Hope. As they leave the big city of New York Hope has to say goodbye once again to her friends and school and change how she is living. For the past couple of years Hope and Addie has had to move for work purposes, However once they got to Mulhoney Wisconsin there lives changed fast, they met this one guy who needed them to work there for him because he was just diagnosed with cancer and he did not know if he would make it or not, his name was G.T. he is the one who owned the diner and another cook named Braveman he gave Addie and Hope an apartment to sleep in right above the diner. Meanwhile G.T. realizes that he does not want to work in a diner anymore and so he started to run for mayor of Mulhoney. However that just caused more stress for G.T. and Hope had to help fast so she helped G.T. hang signs and helped him with his speeches because he was not the only one running for mayor. On the other hand there is also another candidate running for mayor and he keeps on saying lies about G.T. and now nobody believes G.T.. About two to three months later after a long time of speeches and voting the vote finally came in really late at night G.T. Stoop lost by 114 votes. Later that night G.T. told Hope that his cancer has now spread to his brain and he did not know if he was going to make it. After the election G.T. and Addie are cleaning up the diner and G.T. asks Maddie if she wants to go out to dinner with him and so that night they had dinner at the diner together. Meanwhile Braveman and Hope were starting to talk for a little bit in the diner as well and Braveman also asks Hope if she wanted to go out with him and Hope said yes. A couple weeks later G.T. found out that his cancer has now gotten worse and right away G.T. said Addie we need to get married fast. In the end Hope ended up going to college and G.T. and Addie got married and whether G.T. is still around read the novel Hope Was Here to find out.

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Vocab & Figurative Language - Kayla James


Dispassionate-it means not influenced by strong emotion, and so able to national impartial.

An example is Addie is slightly dispassionate about the campaign and herself.

Adrenaline -it means a hormone secreted by the adrenal glands, especially in conditions of stress, breathing, and carbohydrate metabolism and preparing muscles for exertion.

For example being a waitress for hope makes her have a lot of adrenaline running around the dinner.

Leukemia- it means a progressive disease in the bone marrow and other blood-making organs that produce increased numbers of immature or abnormal leukocytes.

An example G.T Stoop has leukemia which is not go to have when running for mayor because you can die from this.

Perched-it means sit somewhere, especially on something high or narrow.

The burglars who beat up Braveman sat perched on the roof of the house waiting to attack.

Figurative Language

Simile-The diner is always as busy as a crowed at a music concert.

Hyperbole-Addie’s food is the best food in the whole entire world.

Idiom-Braverman’s kiss was so perfect it was like once in a blue moon.

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About the Author - Melanie Beguhn

Joan Bauer, 64, has not only written Hope Was Here, but Squashed, Backwater, Best Foot Forward, Rules of the Road, and many, many others. She has won a plentiful amount of awards due to her fascinating books including the Newbery Honor Medal, the LA Times Book Prize, the Chicago Tribune Young adult Literary Prize, the American Library Association’s Schneider Family Book Award, the Golden Kite Award of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the St. Katherine Drexel Award of the Catholic Library Association and two Christopher Awards. She has concluded that it was her grandmother, who was a successful storyteller, had the biggest influence on her creatively. Joan’s grandmother had taught her the importance of stories and laughter. Along with being a NY Times Best-selling author, speaker, and songwriter, she’s involved in the Writers Guild of America East, the Authors Guild, PEN, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Unsurprisingly, she has been to both Croatia and Kazakhstan by the State Department as part of its Professional Speakers Program to speak at schools, universities, libraries, and writers’ groups. Joan has loved comedy since a very young age and she’s mentioned that her best times as a writer are when she’s working on a book and laughing while she’s writing. Then, Joan knows she’s got something good.
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Book Cover Analysis - Hailey Carrell

Hope Was Here. Hope is a strong word that people will use often. Throughout this book Hope is something that the character have a lot of hope. This title has a deeper meaning, When Hope leaves a special place she always write in small letters Hope Was Here. Where ever Hope goes. Bring with her hope and love.

The cover is when Hope and her aunt Addie leaving Brooklyn, and driving all the way Wisconsin. Hope has had to move many times so packing up all of her belongings saying goodbye to friends, and looking back at what Hope had called home for 2 years. Hope is looking back and remaindering all of her friends and good times.

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