Monday, March 12, 2012

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: Selling Hope (and giveaway winners!)

The winners of my two hardcover copies of The Underneath are:
Yay! Please email me your mailing addresses so I can get your copy to you! barbarawatson94[at]gmail[dot]com

And now for today's feature: Selling Hope

Gorgeous cover, isn't it? She's dreaming. Pondering. Leaning on a window sill, staring at the sky, and hoping. And that's what Selling Hope by Kristin O'Donnell Tubb is all about--dreaming, pondering, and hoping. Along with a few other fabulous things.

The premise: In May 1910 the tail of Halley's Comet will pass through the earth's atmosphere. This is the same month thirteen-year-old Hope McDaniels, her father, and their traveling vaudeville act pass through Hope's hometown of Chicago, the place Hope dreams of calling home once again. In order to do that, she needs money, so she invents anti-comet pills to sell to those who fear the comet. A young Buster Keaton joins her endeavor, and soon Hope is making piles of money selling . . .  hope.

What keeps readers reading: Hope's adventures as she discovers where home is and who exactly counts as family. This a beautiful journey, but Selling Hope is also full of fun! Awesome vaudeville punch lines punctuate the story as you walk inside the little-known era of vaudeville and take the stage with various acts. And you also come to understand the scare Halley's Comet gave the world in 1910.

What I loved: The precision of the historical details. Kristin O'Donnell Tubb introduces readers to Sen-Sen mints (which are still around and taste absolutely HORRIBLE!), the vaudeville customers (Hope calls her customers Coins--isn't that perfect?), newspaper headlines from May 1910, and much, much more. This is simply a wonderful story.

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Happy middle grade reading!


  1. I adored this one, but it is a bit of a hard sell to students. Worth it, though! Love the inclusion of Buster Keaton!

  2. Sounds like a great read. Thanks for sharing it.

  3. Thanks for reminding me of this one, Barbara. I still have an advanced reading copy (believe it or not) sitting on one of my many stacks of TBR books!

    Precise historical details AND fun. Sounds like a winner.

  4. coins - i love it!! you can tell the voice is exceptional already :)

  5. I recently won a copy of this one. I'm looking forward to the day I get to read it. ;-)

  6. There are so many cool looking MG books out there! I love finding these on Middle Grade Mondays. Thanks.

  7. Oh, this sounds like such an interesting book! Thanks for featuring it, I hadn't heard of it before.

  8. Sounds like such a fun book. Thanks for sharing, I'd never heard of it!

  9. Like you, I love the cover. What a great idea for a story, too!!

  10. Truly an all-around awesome and perfect story.

  11. "coins" that is so original :D
    I've seen people talk about this book but didn't give it much thought. Now I'm going to reconsider. It's going on my tbr list. Thanks Barbara!


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