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2.99962912597354 out of 52.99962912597354 out of 52.99962912597354 out of 52.99962912597354 out of 52.99962912597354 out of 5 3.00 (8,089 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joan Bauer Narrator: Jenna Lamia Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2003 ISBN: 9780807216996
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A Newbery Honor Book

Food is in 16-year-old Hope’s blood. With her Aunt Addie, diner cook extraordinaire, she travels the States and hones her waitressing skills, impressing hungry people everywhere. But following the tides of comfort food dining means Hope never gets to stay in one place very long, and that's tough. 

The latest move threatens to be the hardest yet, leaving the excitement of New York City to run a diner in rural Wisconsin. Hope doesn't expect to feel at home there, just as she doesn’t expect to get caught up in town politics. But her occupation has taught her to read people, and instinct tells her to trust G.T. Stoop, the straight-shooting owner of the Welcome Stairways Diner, whose leukemia makes his entry into a heated mayoral race a surprise to everyone. 

What follows—as Hope meets politics, corruption, and her past head-on—is at the heart of this memorable, laugh-out-loud story about honor, trust, and serving up your very best. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mrs. Lopez | 2/11/2014

    " What an uplifting story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsay | 2/9/2014

    " Good book. I like the story and it was fun to read. However a bit predictable, "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marion | 2/3/2014

    " I've picked up a series of Newbery Honor and medal winning books that I didn't really even like very much but this one was great. I loved the character of Hope and I enjoyed her journey. Great YA novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 1/23/2014

    " By an author who does not get the recognition she deserves. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Connor Dunleavy | 1/15/2014

    " I do not like how the book ended quickly as in advancing 2 years in two pages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vartika | 1/12/2014

    " This is my favorite book by Joan Bauer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melodi H. | 12/31/2013

    " I thought this book was really good and I would've never had read it without the assistant teacher, Mrs. Dolin. THANK YOU MRS. DOLIN! It was really good and I recommend you read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 12/19/2013

    " This book is really good. I like how she takes care of her customers "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 12/10/2013

    " I liked this book, just as I like all of Joan Bauer's books, but it does kind of bug me that all of her main characters have found their true life callings by the age of 17. But this book is a poignant book, and I did like it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Horace Mann Family Reading Challenge | 12/9/2013

    " This is a great book! It's about a girl who travels from place to place being a waitress. M. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ilana | 12/3/2013

    " This is very possibly one of the most moving books in the entire world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gregandemy | 12/2/2013

    " Great YA book. nice message about being involved in politics as well as making the most of each day of your life, despite trials. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shayna Smith | 10/14/2012

    " Very good. I really like this author. She always has a really good message in all her books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sallie | 7/31/2012

    " Hope was Here is an inspiring book of a young girl who finds answers to her struggles, especially about her Dad "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lia | 5/24/2012

    " A very nice book. A comforting read in a lot ways. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle Sallay | 12/9/2011

    " Perfectly fine, but way too sweet and sugary for my tastes. I didn't really get into any of the characters but Hope herself so it just felt flat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 8/13/2011

    " Sad but uplifting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ronna | 4/27/2011

    " Relating the political scene to waitressing both professions make me nervous, but Weeks intertwines them into a full course meal leaving me satisfied and hopeful for the future! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 10/11/2009

    " Sweet story. I listened to this on audio over an extended period of time. Might have gotten more attached to the characters if I'd read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alana | 3/31/2009

    " I loved the book. It was really interesting to read. I think the ending was really sad though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Larsen | 3/17/2009

    " An excellent read for young teenagers -- especially during an election year -- and for any who lacks real parents. Readers will learn what honest, unselfish people of all ages can accomplish in politics and to appreciate substitute parents. "

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About the Author
Author Joan Bauer

Joan Bauer is the author of a dozen novels for young readers, among them the Newbery Honor Book Hope Was Here and the Los Angeles Times Prize winner Rules of the Road. She has also twice received the Christopher Award, as well as the Schneider Family Book Award and the Golden Kite Award.

About the Narrator

Jenna Lamia is an actress and award-winning audiobook narrator. She has won the prestigious Audie Award, as well as fifteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. Her acting credits include appearances on Oz, Law & Order: SVU, and NYPD Blue. She has attended Amherst College, New York University, and the Sorbonne in Paris.