Hope in the Holler
Staff Review: Hope in the Holler
Wavie’s mom had a plan for her after her impending death from cancer, but ending up in in Conly Hollow, her family’s Appalachian home, was never intended to be a part of it. But when her alleged aunt shows up after her mom’s death and takes her there to live, she has no choice. What Waivie gets is a filthy home with garbage strewn everywhere, in a dirt-poor neighborhood and a long list of chores. Waive still finds joy and beauty in the beautiful mountains and the neighborhood children which her aunt has no use for. Through a new neighborhood friend, Gilbert, she gradually discovers some long-kept family secrets, including why her self-professed “aunt “ really wants her to live with them, that changes her life and those around her. I loved this down-to-earth, hopeful tween novel and Wavie’s optimistic yet realistic spirit. It is a joyful read for all ages.