Call Me Hope by Gretchen Olson

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As 11-year-old Hope struggles to live under the pressures of her verbally abusive mother, she's tempted to run away but instead chooses resilience. She creates a secret safe haven and an innovative point system (giving herself points for every bad thing her mother says to her); finds comfort and inspiration from Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl; and gains a support team. Ultimately, Hope is able to confront her mother about her hurtful words and help her begin to change.

About Gretchen Olson

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Gretchen Olson, a farmer herself, lives in Oregon.
Published September 26, 2009 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 289 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Hope’s mother verbally abuses her, calling her hopeless, an accident, stupid, the reason her father left, as well as innumerable profanities.

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Deeply affected by their kindness and inspired by Anne Frank’s diary, Hope gradually begins to believe in herself, even when her mother dishes out her cruelest punishment by not allowing Hope to participate in the Outdoor School program.

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