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The Hope Chest Hardcover – January 22, 2008


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About the Author

Karen Schwabach has been voting since 1984. She lived in Alaska for many years, but did not find it necessary to change her name. A Pickpocket’s Tale was her fiction debut, and The Hope Chest is her second novel. She lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 800L (What's this?)
  • Series: AWARDS: Charlie May Simon Children's Book Award 2010-2011
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (January 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375840958
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375840951
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,292,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vicki O on June 16, 2014
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While the book itself is fiction, it brings history alive for older primary kids to get a glimpse of what happened during this time! Kudos to the author, my daughter was properly outraged by the treatment of black people as well as women.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Kaye Oldner on February 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover
In the early 1900s, choices for women were limited. For one, women were expected to marry. This was the case with Violet Mayhew's older sister. Chloe, a pioneer for women's rights, was at odds with her parents. Not wanting that fate, she leaves for New York and never returns. Her parents seemed relieved Chloe left, but Violet wasn't.

Three years after her sister's disappearance, Violet finds some letters in her mother's drawer addressed to her from Chloe. After Violet reads the letters, she decides to find her sister. She begins in New York, but her sister has already left. Now she must travel down south where she will be forced to hang out with what her parents termed as the "wrong kind of people". In the end, she'd make up her own mind.

This is a wonderful historical fiction book about the beginnings of women's rights and the struggles to get the freedom we have today.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gina Lewellyan on November 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I am taking children's literature at our local community college and we had to find a recently written historical fiction book to read and comment on so off the library I went. While I'm not big into reading, I had a hard time putting this book down. The author did a fantastic job at bringing history to life. Never did I feel the story was forced. Never did I feel the facts were boring. Never did I feel the author was trying to make the book authentic by adding in unnecessary information about life in the 1920's. The book just flowed. I learned so much about the passage in Tennessee. Really, a teacher could do an entire unit for weeks and weeks on this book. Awesome read!
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By dawn schiraldi on April 27, 2015
Format: Paperback
This book is a disaster!! While it is a "fun" read, the dark undertones that scream anti parent are a complete turn off to me. The book seems to favor socialism and very liberal ideas. We had to buy it to read for the 4th grade engageNY module. I asked for alternative assignment for my child. I really didn't want to explain the sexual undertones about "shaking a leg" together with my 9 year old either.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By concerned mom on May 21, 2014
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This book was read by my fourth grade son as part of the engage ny curriculum. It is about an entitled 11 year old girl who lives in Susquehanna, PA in the early twentieth century. After deciding to run away from home, the 11 year old girl ends up taking a Forrest Gump like adventure running into the important events of her time, including making significant contributions to the women's sufferage movement. Not only is it poorly written, but it is also inclusive of many far left ideas. It is anti-parent, anti-military, pro-global governance, and pro-feminist. Be concerned if this book show up in your fourth grader's curriculum.
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