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Finding Hope by [Nelson, Colleen]
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Length: 232 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Page Flip: Enabled
Age Level: 12 - 15 Grade Level: 7 - 9

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Gr 10 Up—Fifteen-year old Hope has always fallen into her older brother's shadow. Eighteen-year-old Eric, once a hotshot hockey player, is now a meth-addicted shell of the popular boy he once was. Homeless and desperate, Eric relies on Hope for the money, food, and clothing she leaves hidden for him. But when Hope is sent to an all-girls academy, she finally has a chance to start a new life. At Ravenhurst, Hope quickly finds new friends and an online boyfriend. But as Eric's addiction continues to spiral out of control, his need for Hope's help is overwhelming. When he shows up at the gates of her new school, drugged out and needing a fix, Hope is conflicted about how she can continue to help him and still keep her broken family a secret. Nelson presents a sobering view of a normal family torn apart by addiction and abuse. Though their stories are painful, Hope and Eric feel like real people whom readers will root for. Told in alternating viewpoints, this realistic novel explores serious themes such as drug abuse, sexual abuse, and extreme bullying. Eric's chapters are especially well written, as they show Eric's thoughts and behavior during his meth-induced highs and lows. The siblings are believable characters who simply trusted the wrong people, with disastrous results. VERDICT Both heartbreaking and hopeful, this will be a popular choice among mature readers of realistic fiction, particularly fans of Ellen Hopkins's "Crank" series (S. & S.).—Leigh Collazo, Dulwich College, Suzhou, China


★ Both heartbreaking and hopeful, this will be a popular choice among mature readers of realistic fiction, particularly fans of Ellen Hopkins’s “Crank” series. (School Library Journal (Starred Review))

Through brief alternating chapters told by Hope and Eric, Nelson conveys Hope’s naiveté and innocence, as well as the gritty truth about Eric and the trigger for his addiction. (Booklist)

Steeped in emotional torment. (Publishers Weekly)

…a well-plotted, fast-moving little angst tornado of a read. (Globe and Mail)

…an arresting read that adeptly tackles the dark, weighty subjects of bullying, drug addiction, sexual assault, homelessness and loss. Told in simple yet striking prose, peppered throughout with Hope’s haunting poetry, Finding Hope offers an engaging brother-sister narrative, flawed yet relatable characters, and a convincing, well-paced plot that succeeds in laying bare a fractured family’s harrowing struggle with addiction, and one young woman’s achingly real odyssey of self-discovery and healing. (Quill & Quire)

The silence and shame around sexual abuse infuses this novel with an aching loss for what could have been but now is lost. Both this abuse and the online texting of sexual pictures reflects dangers faced by the intended audience, who will no doubt pass this book eagerly from hand to hand. (Resource Links)

The prose is simple, yet elegant, and readers will appreciate the dual meaning of the title, in Hope’s self-discovery, and the literal need for the characters to find hope. (Canadian Children's Book News)

For suspense and gritty realism … Finding Hope takes top marks. (Winnipeg Free Press)

Product details

  • File Size: 608 KB
  • Print Length: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Dundurn (March 19, 2016)
  • Publication Date: March 19, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00XV9MC9E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,778,478 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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