★ "This amazing outpouring of strength and honesty offers inspirational personal accounts for every reader who wonders what to do when everything seems impossible." Booklist, starred review
A 2019 Texas Topaz Reading List Selection
A Junior Library Guild Selection
Hope is a decision, but it is a hard one to recognize in the face of oppression, belittlement, alienation, and defeat. To help embolden hope, here is a powerhouse collection of essays and personal stories that speak directly to teens and all YA readers. Featuring Angie Thomas, Marie Lu, Nicola Yoon, David Levithan, Libba Bray, Jason Reynolds, Renée Ahdieh, and many more!
"The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood."Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
We all experience moments when we struggle to understand the state of the world, when we feel powerless andin some caseseven hopeless. The teens of today are the caretakers of tomorrow, and yet it's difficult for many to find joy or comfort in such a turbulent society. But in trying times, words are power.
Some of today's most influential young adult authors come together in this highly personal collection of essays and original stories that offer moments of light in the darkness, and show that hope is a decision we all can make.
Like a modern day Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul or Don't Sweat the Small Stuff for Teens, Hope Nation acknowledges the pain and offers words of encouragement.
Authors include: Atia Abawi, Renee Ahdieh, Libba Bray, Howard Bryant, Ally Carter, Ally Condie, Christina Diaz Gonzales, Gayle Forman, Romina Garber, I. W. Gregario, Kate Hart, Bendan Kiely, David Levithan, Alex London, Marie Lu, Julie Murphy, Jason Reynolds, Aisha Saeed, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Jenny Torres Sanchez, Jeff Zentner, and Nicola Yoon.
Praise for Hope Nation:
"A salve when days are bleak."Kirkus Reviews
"An important and inspiring read for thoughtful teens."School Library Journal
|Publisher:||Penguin Young Readers Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)|
|Age Range:||12 Years|
About the Author
Dr. Rose Brock is a professor and educator at Sam Houston State University who has dedicated her career to turning teens into book lovers. Building relationships with readers through books is her superpower. In addition to her career as a librarian and educator, Dr. Brock is also very involved in helping to organize the North Texas Teen Book Festival, a one-day event, which hosts sixty authors and has an impressive annual attendance of over 3,500 teens and tweens. She also serves as a team leader of the International Literacy Association's Young Adults' Choices project, which empowers teens to read and select the best books of the year. Dr. Brock was named by the Texas Library Association as the recipient of the Siddie Joe Johnson Award, an award given by the Children's Round Table to a librarian who demonstrates outstanding library service to children. Follow her on Twitter @reallyrosebrock.
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Table of Contents
"We" David Levithan 5
"Before And After" Libba Bray 31
"Now More Than Ever" Angie Thomas 61
"Rundown" Ally Condie 69
"Surviving" Marie Lu 81
"Nobody Remembers the Names Of People Who Build Walls" Jeff Zentner 89
"Love" Nicola Yoon 99
"Wings and Teeth" Kate Hart 105
"Shot of Hope" Gayle Forman 123
"Baseball Pasta" Christina Diaz Gonzalez 135
"Don't Listen to the A**Holes" Atia Abawi 145
"Different Dances" Alex London 163
"The Oreadful Summer of 1991" Howard Bryant 175
"The Two Types Of Secrets" Ally Carter 183
"Born In Argentina, Made In America: The Immigrant Identity" Romina Garber 193
"Chah-Muh" Renée Ahdieh 203
"The Only One I Can Apologize For" Aisha Saeed 211
"In The Past" Jenny Torres Sanchez 219
"Always" Nic Stone 227
"Hoping For Home" Julie Murphy 239
"Caution: This Hope Is NSFW (But It Shouldn't Be)" I. W. Gregorio 247
"The Kids Who Stick" Jason Reynolds Brendan Kiely 259
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I had a hard time getting into this book at first, but once I decided I would skip around to read essays by authors I truly enjoy reading, that’s when I felt like I could get behind this book. After I warmed up to those authors, I was able to go back to the essays that weren’t doing it for me initially. I did end up skipping the essay by James Dashner altogether because I can’t bring myself to read his writing after everything coming forward. One thing I really liked about this anthology was all of the different takes on hope and what hope looked for them all. Marie Lu’s piece on growing up in 1980s China was captivating, and I feel that I learned so much more about her in that one story than I could have known ever. I also loved Nicola Yoon’s essay about her relationship with her husband. It was beautiful to read about why she loved him so much and how she wouldn’t give up anything for him. It reminded me that love is worth fighting for. I definitely recommend this to people looking for a hopeful outlook in these bleak times. It’ll give you a few shots of hope inoculation (thanks, Gayle Forman).