Hopeless in Hope

SKU: 9781774920831

Wanda John-Kehewin
Grade Levels:
Eight, Nine, Ten
Book Type:
Portage & Main Press | HighWater Press
Copyright Date:

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Wanda John-Kehewin (she, her, hers) is a Cree writer who uses her work to understand and respond to the near destruction of First Nations cultures, languages, and traditions.

Fourteen-year-old Eva’s life is like her shoes: rapidly falling apart.

We live in an old hopeless house on an almost-deserted dead-end street in a middle-of-nowhere town named Hope. This is the oldest part of Hope; eventually it will all be torn down and rebuilt into perfect homes for perfect people. Until then, we live here: imperfect people on an imperfect street that everyone forgets about.

For fourteen-year-old Eva Brown, life feels lonely and small. Her mother, Shirley, drinks and yells all the time. Her four-year-old brother, Marcus, keeps causing trouble and her only friend doesn’t want to talk to her anymore. All of it would be unbearable if it weren’t for her cat, Toofie, her beloved nohkum, and her writing, which no one will ever see.

When Nohkum is hospitalized after a bad fall, Shirley struggles to keep things together for Eva and Marcus. Eva’s already-tense relationship with her mother becomes even more strained. After Marcus is found wandering the neighbourhood alone, he is sent to live with a foster family, and Eva finds herself in a group home.

Furious at her mother’s weakness, Eva struggles to adjust to the group home—and being reunited with her family seems less and less likely. During a visit to Nohkum in hospital, Nohkum gives Eva Shirley’s diary. Can Eva find forgiveness for her mother within its pages?

Heartbreaking and humorous in turns, Hopeless in Hope is a compelling story of family and forgiveness.

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