The wishing well in Cliffs Donnelly is granting wishes. The town believes it is magic, but Lizzy, Ryan, and Ernest know the truth. The kindness of kids becomes contagious as a town on the brink of closing finds ways to work together and rebuild. Calabrese will renew your faith in the power of good deeds and thinking of others. — Necole Zemp
Fans of magical realism and Kate DiCamillo's books should pick this up.
In his grandpas attic, a boy finds a pile of toys, old but never played with - and maybe a bit magic... They are the start of an amazing school year of new friendships, family secrets and a Wishing Well that might have more to it than most of the town thinks...
A book to make you laugh and tear-up, this would make a great classroom read-aloud. — Leah Moore
An extraordinary debut who shows us how powerful an act of kindness, a hint of magic, and a little hope can be. "A book that reminds us of the kindness we are all capable of." -- Gary D. Schmidt, Newbery Honor winner and author of Okay For Now
A well. A wish. And a little drop of hope.
Times are tough. Jobs are scarce and miracles are in short supply. But something strange is happening in Cliffs Donnelly, Ohio. An old well has suddenly, impossibly, begun to grant wishes. And three sixth graders are the only ones who know why.
Ernest Wilmette believes a good deed makes magic happen. Ryan Hardy thinks they should just mind their own business. Lizzy MacComber believes in facts, not fairy tales. Of course, you don't have to believe in wishes to make one.
As more wishes are made, the well's true secret gets harder and harder to keep. Ernest, Ryan, and Lizzy know they can't fix the world. But in their own little corner of it, they can give everyone a little hope... one wish at a time.
About the Author
Keith Calabrese is an author and screenwriter who holds a degree in creative writing from Northwestern University. A former script reader, he lives in Los Angeles with his wife, kids, and a dog who thinks he's a mountain goat.
Praise for A Drop of Hope:
"A promising first novel that delivers its own measure of hope." - Booklist
"A story of friendship, character, and believing in good." - School Library Connection
"Every so often -- though not very often -- a book comes along that reminds us of what we are capable of as human beings. It reminds us that we can be kind. It reminds us that we can create. It reminds us that we really can grow into our best selves. And it does all this with a story that startles us with the absolute conviction that we are connected in ways whose complexities we can never fully know. This is one of those books." - Gary D. Schmidt, Newbery Honor winner and author of Okay for Now
"Keith Calabrese has given us more than a drop of hope in this endearing novel; Ernest and Ryan and Lizzy not only make me want to move to the town of Cliffs Donnelly, their story has renewed my faith in humanity." -- Kirby Larson, Newbery Honor-winning author of Hattie Big Sky
"A Drop of Hope is a rapid-fire novel, wishing-well deep and rich with relatable characters all discovering that forging strong friendships, families, and communities takes hard work, empathy, and just a little bit of luck." -- John David Anderson, author of Mrs. Bixby's Last Day and Posted