Hope Is A Ferris Wheel

Hope Is A Ferris Wheel

A Novel

Book - 2014
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Ten-year-old Star Mackie lives in a trailer park with her flaky mom and her melancholy older sister, Winter, whom Star idolizes. Moving to a new town has made it difficult for Star to make friends, when her classmates tease her because of where she lives and because of her layered blue hair. But when Star starts a poetry club, she develops a love of Emily Dickinson and, through Dickinson's poetry, learns some important lessons about herself and comes to terms with her hopes for the future.
With an unforgettable voice with a lot of heart, Hope Is a Ferris Wheel is the story of a young girl who learns to accept her family and herself while trying to make sense of the world around her.

Praise for Hope is a Ferris Wheel
"Herrera's first novel is quite accomplished, with plenty of heart and humor, especially apparent in the spelling assignments Star has to complete but refuses to turn in, as she uses them as a sort of journal. Star is a unique, determined, and loving child making the best of a bad situation; readers cannot help but root for her."
-- School Library Journal , starred review

"Well-constructed, thought-provoking and appealing, this first effort bodes well for the author's future."
-- Kirkus Reviews

" In her debut, Herrera has created a delightful narrator with a memorable voice and surrounded her with a unique supporting cast. Got fans of Joan Bauer in your neck of the woods? Send them this way."
-- Booklist

"A tender and truthful novel that addresses stereotypes without promising easy answers or cookie-cutter closure."
-- Publishers Weekly

"First-time author Herrera, telling the story from Star's point of view, gives readers a front-row seat to all the embarrassment and angst of Star's jumbled life--and all of the triumphs. Here's hoping we hear more from this author."
-- The Horn Book Magazine

"Star's contemplation, through poetic metaphors and real-life relationships, of what really matters in her life is compelling. Additionally, the poetry angle offers food for thought for those just coming to understand the power and purpose of metaphor, and Star's vocabulary assignments, occasionally interspersed between chapters, provide inspiration and entertainment for word-lovers."
-- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Publisher: New York : Amulet Books, c2014
ISBN: 9781419710391
Branch Call Number: J HER
Characteristics: 261 p. ;,22 cm


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Jan 25, 2018

This book I fell in love with, from the start. It was very sweet and really heart warming,who knew school was that mean? She really just wants to be accepted and she doesnt know how. If you enjoy storys about girls in middle school this is our book. If you love poems (espeacillay Emily Dickson) this book is for you.


Starts a little slow but the last 8 chapters are fun - JH

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Jan 25, 2018

H2290046020 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 6 and 11

Oct 17, 2016

blue_buzzard_196 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 12


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