Thursday, July 8, 2021

A Drop of Hope by Keith Calabrese

 A Drop of Hope by Keith Calabrese was published in 2019 and is a fun story of wishes. When three friends find themselves able to eavesdrop on people making wishes in an old well, they are able to help some of those wishes come true, but not in ways they or the reader might expect. 

I like the connections between things, people, kindness, hope, and just a bit of some type of magic or luck. This story shows the value of friendships and the importance of taking care of each other. 

My only complaints about this story are the injury inducing sequence that seemed very unrealistic to me and the frequent sentence fragments, but there is so much good in this story. 

Quotes I liked:

"...when you save a person's life, you then become responsible to that life" (93).

"For Ryan the other shoe never just dropped. The universe usually threw it at you" (135).

"Ernest firmly believed that condescension could keep a kid small, and not just figuratively. That it could literally, physically stunt your growth" (137).

"Ryan had let all that fear take over. He'd let it make him someone he didn't like at all" (218).

"Stories bind us together; they connect us. Our stories are a shared history, a way to relate to each other. Even if they are make-believe" (298).

"You can't fix the world. But you do your best in your own little corner of it. And you hope" (301).

"Tommy couldn't remember ever really being afraid of the dark. From an early age, he always had more practical things to fear" (301).

If you need some hope in your life, this is an uplifting book about both the bad in some, but the good that is in so many more. 

Read to a child today even if that child is you. 

Link to our NICU book registry to donate books to babies in the newborn intensive care unit so their parents can read to them while they grow. You can also donate gently used books to our project by sending them to me or to Angie. Email me for a mailing address. We can use both English and Spanish books. If you have a graduate of the NICU, or if you have a baby whose life you would like to honor by donating books to this project, let me know, and I can make a book plate with their name for the books you donate.

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