A Book Review: A Drop of Hope by Keith Calabrese

As an avid reader, I’m always on the lookout for books that my kids, as well as I, can enjoy. If you’re looking for a feel-good novel about finding hope where you least expect it, consider Scholastic’s A Drop of Hope by Keith Calabrese.

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Overview: A Drop of Hope

In the small Midwestern town, people have been going through a tough time – both economically and personally. As kids start making wishes in Thompsons wishing well and see it actually coming true, the amazing trickle effect is seen throughout. Is it real? Is it magic? Either way, it sparks hope in the kids as well as the community who have begun to lose it. This debut novel by Keith Calabrese, A Drop of Hope,  is a feel-good novel for kids ages 8–12 that offers empathy and hope.

My thoughts:

  • Easy to read. Kids ages 8-12 will find this easy to read and relatable.
  • Multiple perspectives. By doing so, gives more depth to each character and justifies the premise that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but I do have to admit it did become confusing at first since so many characters are introduced in addition to the 3 main characters. After finding out that the author is a screenwriter for television films, I could see why he used different characters and different perspectives.
  • A few key messages. The book is a prime example of how you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. With a little bit of hope, anything is possible.
  • Appeals to everyone. With a little hint of magic, a missing treasure, and unexpected friendships make the book appeal to a wide variety of ages as well as both boys and girls.

Fun Fact

Author Keith Calabrese wrote A Drop of Hope on a dare. “My daughter, who was seven at the time, thought I could write a decent kid’s book, and essentially dared me to give it a try.”

Nitty Gritty:

Website: scholastic.com. Read an excerpt here.
Price: A Drop of Hope retails for $16.99.
Where to purchase: You can purchase the books on Amazon, Target, Walmart, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Hudson Booksellers, IndieBound, Powell’s, or wherever bookts are sold.

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