FREE DOWNLOAD Î 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 Wishes to make one As wishes are made the well's true secret gets harder and harder to keep Ernest Ryan and Lizzy know they can't fix the world But in their own little corner of it they can give everyone a little hope one wish at a tim. 2019Unlikely friendships wishes mystery community family coming togetherI enjoyed the writing style of this book with the different headings in each chapter Plus new characters and situations came into the story fast and caused me to wonder how and where everything would connect but all came together in the end I couldn't put this book down and it was a perfect way to spend a 3 day weekend

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S are the only ones who know why Ernest Wilmette believes a good deed makes magic happen Ryan Hardy thinks they should just mind their own business Lizzy MacComber believes in facts not fairy tales Of course you don't have to believe in. I Received an ARC from the author to facilitate my review The opinions expressed here are my ownWhenever 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 this something that I would recommend to my fellow teachers Is it a book I would recommend to my students and put on my shelves Most importantly is this a book that I can talk about with students because the message within is important The second lens I look through is that of a grandparent Is this a book that my grandchildren will enjoy and thus pass on to their teachers and class mates This book goes above and beyond what I would normally recommendI have often spoke of the school I teach in We are an IB school We have several “Learner Profiles” that are a major part of our teachings One of them is being “caring” We reuire our students to complete community service in every grade So the idea that you have a group of students who set about to change the lives of people in their town made this a worth while book The book takes place in a small town named Cliffs Donnelly Many of the major businesses in the town are closing Two boys out exploring a tunnel realize by accident they have walked underneath the city’s wishing well When they hear a class mates wish a decision is made to help make it come true I loved that this book is told from multiple perspectives I know that this will drive many people nuts This has been their number one complaint of my own book There are many like me who love the different perspectives I felt in this case it made the issues and secrets in the story that are discovered within the town well rounded We learn that we can’t always judge a book or bully by its cover Things aren’t always what they seem We also learn what one act of kindness can do and how it can be carried forward These are lessons that we as teachers parents and grandparents want our kids to learn There is no better way to learn this than through a book I believe that many students will be able to relate to this book in a variety ways I place this up there with one of the best books I’ve read so far this year I really can’t wait to see what this author writes nextThis book comes out February 26 just two days away This is a must read book so get ready to get your copy


A Drop of HopeA 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 grader. 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 dreamerBut I’m not the only one” John Lennon“‘Thompkins Well’ Ernest said ‘We’re inside Thompkins Well’‘Yeah I think so’ Ryan picked up one of the coins ‘Explains all the change Some of these are pretty old’‘Hello’ A voice echoed around them; it seemed to come from the well itselfRyan and Ernest froze ‘Ryan” Ernest whispered but his voice uivering urgently ‘The well is haunted’‘No it’s not’ Ryan said with less certainty than he’d hoped to muster‘Um this is Winston’ the voice echoed again Ernest whimpered “Ryan the ghost is named Winston’‘Ernest shut up’ Ryan snappedThe mystery voice kept talking Apparently it couldn’t hear them ‘This is silly I know But I heard your story in school today about how you granted a wish to an old man named Thompkins and saved his baby grandson from dying’It was starting to make sense to Ryan now ‘That’s Winston Patil ‘ he whispered‘From school’ Ernest looked confused ‘Oh sorry’ Winston said from above ‘Almost forgot’ A uarter dropped down from above smacking Ernest on the head Ernest looked up the shaft catching on‘So as you probably know I’d like to make a wish too It’s not as big as the Ezekiel Thompkins wish It’s not life or death or anything I’m new here and well it’s kind of hard to fit in I’m not asking to be popular or anything but maybesomeone my age to talk to would be nice I justI’d like a friend’Ryan felt awkward hearing Winston’s wish He knew it was an accident but still this was something private and Ryan felt dirty for listening to it‘Anyway thanks for listening’ Winston said after a long absence ‘Wow’ Ernest said after Winston had walked away Ryan said ‘Let’s get out of here’‘I never realized Winston felt that way’ said Ernest as they inched back through the tunnel‘Seriously’ Ryan scoffed ‘Kid buries his head in his sketchbook every day at lunch Never talks to anyone barely looks up’ Ryan started leading them up the trail‘I know’ said Ernest But at least now we can do something about it’‘Do What are we going to do’‘Well we canyou know Befriend him’‘Befriend him’‘Yeah become his friend’Ryan shook his head ‘It doesn’t work like that’‘It could’‘Yeah How We just go up to him and say ‘Hi Winston let’s be friends’Ernest started to answer but Ryan plowed ahead ‘And what’s this “we” you keep talking about I mean we aren’t even friends’‘I know’‘You don’t’ Ryan started then stopped How did you even go about explaining the world to someone like Ernest ‘What happens if you discover you don’t like him Or if he doesn’t like you’‘Doesn’t mean we I shouldn’t try’”In the parlance of the publishing industry I’m a “big mouth” I’ve got a passion for sharing my opinions about great new books I’ve read I love getting these books into the hands of young people by way of my connections with teachers librarians parents and booksellers I enjoy that many of the books I talk about go on to win awards or sell lots of copies or bothEvery once in awhile I come across a book that is different one that is custom made for my own inner geeky child I was once the odd duck the fifth grade boy who wasn’t into roughhousing and showing off I was the well behaved firstborn child who read circles around everyone else and was moved by stories that spoke to the lack of kindness and the lack of fairness that I perceived both in my own world and out in The World I felt sad last night when I reluctantly reached the last page of A DROP OF HOPE Books that engage my inner geeky child don’t often come along Although I’ll surely reread this story experiencing its many surprises for the first time was a uniuely delightful experience Filled with surprises some would say miracles A DROP OF HOPE takes place in the Midwest in a town named Cliffs Donnelly Like so many real towns in the Midwest the town has suffered from globalization The story is told from the perspectives of numerous characters mostly sixth graders At the outset it can be challenging to keep them straight but they are all well drawn characters and I uickly sorted them out Occasionally I’d have to look back to check someone’s identity Sometimes that was the result of the author inserting a new character we hadn’t yet met as if we should know them and then hitting us with a surprise connection Some impatient readers won’t be thrilled by this But my geeky inner child was delighted with the way that the story comes together with the smoothness and flourish of a perfectly aligned and balanced Rube Goldberg machineAt the center of the story are three sixth grade classmates Ethan Wilmette Ryan Hardy and Lizzy MacComber Ethan is a dreamer and a boy of very small stature His father is the third generation owner of Wilmette Stamping Tool Die the community’s old struggling manufacturing plant Ryan is the son of an upper level employee at the plant Ryan’s dad has been spending way too much time watching angry talking heads on TV who point fingers at Those People and Those Countries who are supposedly responsible for the economic struggles of towns like Cliffs Donnelly Lizzy is the brilliant Hermione to Ethan and Ryan Her father has abandoned her and her mom leaving Lizzy to be freuently watched after school and victimized by her nasty aunt and girl cousinAlso at the center of the story is Thompkins Well where legend has it a miracle took place generations ago After Ethan and Ryan discover a hidden tunnel in the town park and unwittingly find themselves at the bottom of Thompkins Well and after Ethan decides to embark on making wishers’ wishes come true the trio of sixth graders repeatedly discover that Ethan’s efforts somehow do contribute to dreams coming true even though it’s never in the manner one would anticipate This book is constructed with such great storytelling and so much heart In this town where families have lived for generations several old people are the key to all sorts of surprise connections And there’s a good measure of humor It’s hard to be cynical about the existence of magic and miracles in the face of the snowballing good will and wishes coming true But it’s not all one happytown A memorable character beyond the core trio is Tommy Bricks a sixth grade bully who first comes to our attention when he’s tormenting Winston at recess Thanks to the multi narrator storytelling structure we also get to see Tommy’s side of things The book will help readers see how exposure to multiple perspectives walking a mile in someone’s shoes changes our understanding and ability to empathizeOther children’s books published in 2019 may go on to win awards and sell copies than A DROP OF HOPE But it’s going to take something special to touch my heart the way this one did My wish is that we get to read a lot stories from talented first time novelist Keith CalabreseRichie Partington MLISRichie's Picks