Joan Bauer

Hope Was Here
  • Hope Was Here

  • Hope is a 16-year-old girl, living a nomadic lifestyle with her aunt Addie. Addie is a chef and restaurant manager, and Hope works as a waitress. They're always moving from place to place, and the story opens with them up-rooting from Brooklyn, New York. Before she leaves, Hope scribbles 'Hope Was Here' onto the menu board - it's become her motto, a ritual she carries out whenever they have to hit the road - again. Hope's a city girl and she isn't sure how she's going to tackle life in 'cow country'. Things start hotting up for her, though, when she gets embroiled in the local politics of Mulhoney, Wisconsin while working at the Welcome Stairways diner- Soon, Hope is tackling big issues about her own past, while grappling with some surprising developments in her new home town.

In her novels, Joan Bauer explores difficult issues with humour and hope. A New York Times bestselling author, speaker, and songwriter, Joan has won numerous awards for her books, including the Newbery Honour Medal, the American Library Association's Schneider Family Book Award, two Christopher Awards, the LA Times Book Prize, and the Golden Kite Award of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Joan is a frequent guest on American local and national radio where she talks about the power of resiliency. Through the US Department of State’s Professional Speakers Programme she has visited both Kazakhstan and Croatia where she spoke with students, writers, educators, and children at risk about her life and her novels. She lives in New York.