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Eleven-year-old Jubilee Johnson is an expert at three things: crafting, moving, and avoiding goodbyes. On the search for the “perfect place,” she and her Nan live by their Number One Relocation Rule—just the two of them is all they need. But Jubilee’s starting to feel like just two is a little too close to alone. Desperate to settle down, Jubilee plans their next move, Hope Eleven-year-old Jubilee Johnson is an expert at three things: crafting, moving, and avoiding goodbyes. On the search for the “perfect place,” she and her Nan live by their Number One Relocation Rule—just the two of them is all they need. But Jubilee’s starting to feel like just two is a little too close to alone. Desperate to settle down, Jubilee plans their next move, Hope Springs, Texas—home of her TV crafting idol, Arletta Paisley. Here she meets a girl set on winning the local fishing tournament and a boy who says exactly the right thing, by hardly speaking at all. Soon, Jubilee wonders if Hope Springs might just be the place to call home after all. But when the town is threatened by a mega-chain superstore fronted by Arletta Paisley, Jubilee is faced with her toughest decision yet, skip town again or stand up to her one-time hero. With the help of her new friends and the one person she never thought she’d need—her Momma—will Jubilee find a way to save the town she’s come to love and convince Nan that it’s finally time to settle down?


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Eleven-year-old Jubilee Johnson is an expert at three things: crafting, moving, and avoiding goodbyes. On the search for the “perfect place,” she and her Nan live by their Number One Relocation Rule—just the two of them is all they need. But Jubilee’s starting to feel like just two is a little too close to alone. Desperate to settle down, Jubilee plans their next move, Hope Eleven-year-old Jubilee Johnson is an expert at three things: crafting, moving, and avoiding goodbyes. On the search for the “perfect place,” she and her Nan live by their Number One Relocation Rule—just the two of them is all they need. But Jubilee’s starting to feel like just two is a little too close to alone. Desperate to settle down, Jubilee plans their next move, Hope Springs, Texas—home of her TV crafting idol, Arletta Paisley. Here she meets a girl set on winning the local fishing tournament and a boy who says exactly the right thing, by hardly speaking at all. Soon, Jubilee wonders if Hope Springs might just be the place to call home after all. But when the town is threatened by a mega-chain superstore fronted by Arletta Paisley, Jubilee is faced with her toughest decision yet, skip town again or stand up to her one-time hero. With the help of her new friends and the one person she never thought she’d need—her Momma—will Jubilee find a way to save the town she’s come to love and convince Nan that it’s finally time to settle down?

52 review for Hope Springs

  1. 5 out of 5

    Darla

    You can't get away from yourself by moving from one place to another.--Ernest Hemingway Jaime Berry's Oklahoma roots really shine in this debut MG novel set in the fictional town of Hope Springs, Texas. After one move after another, Jublilee is ready to put down some roots. Can she talk her Nan into staying in Hope Springs? What about her mom and the country music career she has been chasing. This book has it all: crafting, fishing, quilting, good country food, friendship, a TV personality, a cou You can't get away from yourself by moving from one place to another.--Ernest Hemingway Jaime Berry's Oklahoma roots really shine in this debut MG novel set in the fictional town of Hope Springs, Texas. After one move after another, Jublilee is ready to put down some roots. Can she talk her Nan into staying in Hope Springs? What about her mom and the country music career she has been chasing. This book has it all: crafting, fishing, quilting, good country food, friendship, a TV personality, a country music heartthrob, and more (including a gassy dog named Rayburn). There are even craft instructions for several DIY projects like homemade dog bones. Sometimes jumping up and moving on is light on adventure-seeking and high on avoiding conflict. To paraphrase Hemingway --wherever you go, there you are. Thank you to Little, Brown Books and Edelweiss+ for a DRC in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kathie

    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an eARC of this book. HOPE SPRINGS is a heartwarming story about a girl looking for a place to call home and how she must open her heart to the possibility of settling down once she thinks she’s found it. Set in a small town with a big box story threatening the local businesses, Jubilee suggests a way to bring the townspeople together, resulting in a place for her and her grandma in their community. Jubilee and Nan have moved a lot. Anytime things get Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an eARC of this book. HOPE SPRINGS is a heartwarming story about a girl looking for a place to call home and how she must open her heart to the possibility of settling down once she thinks she’s found it. Set in a small town with a big box story threatening the local businesses, Jubilee suggests a way to bring the townspeople together, resulting in a place for her and her grandma in their community. Jubilee and Nan have moved a lot. Anytime things get complicated, they pick up and relocate. Jubilee wants to move to Hope Springs because it’s the hometown of her crafting idol Arletta Paisley. Shortly after she and Nan arrive, she befriends the mayor’s daughter as is immediately welcomed into the community. But Jubilee and Nan have Relocation Rules, and they don’t make attachments…until Nan has an accident, and they have to relax the rules and accept some help to get by. And when Jubilee’s idol turns out to be a big disappointment, she and her new friends work together to put together a rally to help support the local businesses before the new SmartMart box store comes to town. Jubilee starts to think Hope Springs might be the place she’s been looking for, but her estranged mom has other plans and wants Jubilee to live with her again. Will Jubilee be able to set down roots and allow herself to belong, or will her past catch up to her and force her to keep moving? There are so many things I loved about this story. The relationship between Jubilee and Nan is filled with so much love, but fear also keeps them from finding a place to belong together. I love watching how they adjust to the reintroduction of Jubilee’s mom and uncle in their lives and how they come to a new place in their relationship. I also really love the small town of Hope Springs, and it comes to life for me in the way the author describes it. It’s the type of small-town I’d grown up in, and the impact of a big box store on its local businesses is a real issue. As someone who moved a lot growing up, I could relate to Jubilee’s desire to settle down but her difficulty communicating her wishes to her mom and grandma. I loved watching Jubilee open her heart to the people around her and connect in ways she’d never had the opportunity to do before. I look forward to recommending this book to young readers when it comes out this summer.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Joanne

    Eleven-year-old Jubilee Johnson is used to moving all the time. Her mother is a country singer who's always on tour, so Jubilee lives with her grandmother. Nan tends to drop everything and move whenever the slightest thing bothers her. But Jubilee's heart's desire is to settle in one place for longer than a few months, a place where she could have friends and join activities, a place to call home. So Jubilee plans the next move, convincing Nan they should try Hope Springs, Texas, the hometown of Eleven-year-old Jubilee Johnson is used to moving all the time. Her mother is a country singer who's always on tour, so Jubilee lives with her grandmother. Nan tends to drop everything and move whenever the slightest thing bothers her. But Jubilee's heart's desire is to settle in one place for longer than a few months, a place where she could have friends and join activities, a place to call home. So Jubilee plans the next move, convincing Nan they should try Hope Springs, Texas, the hometown of Jubilee's TV crafting hero, Arletta Paisley. Once they arrive, Jubilee makes a few friends right away, and even finds a part-time job at the Fabric Barn. But her new friends aren't happy with Arletta Paisley, who is bringing a SmartMart superstore to Hope Springs. They think it'll put all the small businesses out of business. Will Jubilee find a way to save the town and convince Nan to stay? What a delightful read! Jubilee is a wonderful, extremely likable character, whose first person narration draws you in immediately. Then the colorful writing (Nan's almost-swears are priceless!), lively dialogue, and timely issues cast a spell over you. You won't be able to stop reading! Bonus: Includes several craft "recipes" for kids to make!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Afoma (Reading Middle Grade)

    Hope Springs is a charming middle grade debut novel about finding home in unexpected places and fighting hard to show up for those we love. Set in a small town, this book shines a light on the value of community, small business, and hands-on hobbies like crafting and fishing! The author also manages to blend tough subjects like grief and disappointment in an idol with humor, heart, and good-natured fun. This is a heartwarming Southern story from a promising debut author I’m excited to read more Hope Springs is a charming middle grade debut novel about finding home in unexpected places and fighting hard to show up for those we love. Set in a small town, this book shines a light on the value of community, small business, and hands-on hobbies like crafting and fishing! The author also manages to blend tough subjects like grief and disappointment in an idol with humor, heart, and good-natured fun. This is a heartwarming Southern story from a promising debut author I’m excited to read more from. Read my full review on my blog. Many thanks to the publisher for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Frenkel

    This beautiful book has my whole heart! When 11-year-old Jubilee Johnson has to move again with her Grandmother, Nan, she finds a way to land in Hope Springs, Texas, the hometown of her crafting empire idol, Arletta Paisley. Though Jubilee knows she and Nan won't be staying long (they never do) she begins to put down roots with her new fishing friend, Abby, and the owner of the local Fabric Barn, Holly. When a mega-chain superstore comes to town with Arletta as its spokesperson, Jubilee learns t This beautiful book has my whole heart! When 11-year-old Jubilee Johnson has to move again with her Grandmother, Nan, she finds a way to land in Hope Springs, Texas, the hometown of her crafting empire idol, Arletta Paisley. Though Jubilee knows she and Nan won't be staying long (they never do) she begins to put down roots with her new fishing friend, Abby, and the owner of the local Fabric Barn, Holly. When a mega-chain superstore comes to town with Arletta as its spokesperson, Jubilee learns the truth about Arletta and the importance of community. This charming story mixes themes of home, family, and true friendship, with crafting, quilting, fishing, country music, and the wisdom of literary figures and other artists - as often quoted by the witty Grandma Nan! I read the first chapter and couldn't stop! HOPE SPRINGS has a Kate DiCamillo vibe that tugged on my heartstrings. Thank you, Jaime Berry, for the ARC. What an honor to be an early reader!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Jubilee is used to moving from place to place with her Nan, and has a set of rules and procedures to help her transition. She takes a lot of comfort from watching Arletta Paisley's crafting show, and emulates her with all sorts of projects. Her father, Nana's son, passed away when Jubilee was four, and her mother has been working in the music industry with just enough success to keep her going. She's currently touring with a country artist and her longtime friend E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Jubilee is used to moving from place to place with her Nan, and has a set of rules and procedures to help her transition. She takes a lot of comfort from watching Arletta Paisley's crafting show, and emulates her with all sorts of projects. Her father, Nana's son, passed away when Jubilee was four, and her mother has been working in the music industry with just enough success to keep her going. She's currently touring with a country artist and her longtime friend and manager, Wynn. When her grandmother once again seems itchy to move, Jubilee schemes to get her to pick Hope Springs, Texas, which is Arletts Paisley's hometown. Nana, who works in nursing homes and never has trouble finding a job, agrees, and soon the two are moving into an all pink rental house and getting to know their small town. The mayor's daughter, Abby, wants to make friends, and while it's against Jubilee's policy to make attachments, she can't help but be drawn in to Abby's enthusiasm for fishing (even if she would rather not!), her loan of a bike, and her help in getting to know the town. Of course, Jubilee wants to work some magic on the house decor, which takes her and Nana to the Fabric Barn, a disheveled treasure trove run by Holly. Holly is not a fan of Arletta or the store that sponsors her, SmartMart. SmartMart is supposed to open a branch in Hope Springs, which would put a lot of local concerns, including Holly's, out of business. Jubilee manages to wrangle herself a job with Holly, which is helpful when Nana falls while trying to take down pink drapes and cracks a rib and puts a hairline fracture in her ankle. She's not able to report for work, but Abby's mother uses her mayoral power to get casseroles delivered to the family and some help from Miss Esther, the former middle school librarian. Jubilee doesn't want to tell her mother, but when she is forced to, her mother visits. She is, of course, too busy to stay and help, but she leaves Wynn until Nana is back up and running. Jubilee introduces Abby to Arletta's show, but the two soon realize that something must be done to try to keep SmartMart from coming to town. How will Jubilee reconcile the comfort that Arletta has brought to her life with the damage that might be done to her new home? And how will she convince Nana that staying put isn't so bad? Strengths: This would definitely have been a book that I tried to hunt down and buy when I was in middle school. The involved grandmother, crafting, and go-getter attitude that Jubilee has would have ticked all the boxes in books I wanted to read! Middle school readers will also enjoy Jubilee's pragmatic adaptation to moving, her reluctance to make friends, and the kid power shown by Jubilee, Abby, and their friend Colton whose family owns the local hardware store when they try to stop SmartMart. There is also some emotion when Jubilee is dealing with the separation from her mother and the difficulty of frequent moves. What a great, upbeat story about Kids Doing Things and Changing the World, all while wearing freshly pressed t shirts and homemade skirts! Weaknesses: Well, I have to bring my own expertise in sewing out here and be picky, right? Holly puts together a quilt for a show in a WEEK? I mean, possible, but not probable. Denim pieces in a Dresden Plate quilt? Also, Jubilee's mother doesn't understand her daughter's love for making her own clothes, but I don't think ANYONE makes clothes today because it is cheaper. Forty years ago, that might have been the case, but it's a lot MORE expensive to make clothes now. Seriously, I appreciated a book that included crafting. There are not too many out there. These are quibbles. What I really think: This makes me want to go back and reread Shihab Nye's 2005 Going, Going! Even the cover of this one shows a refreshing, happy main character. I'll be glad to get this into students' hands, and will try to match it up with some of my craft books that don't circulate all that well.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Dulaney

    As the title states, Hope Springs! Jubilee has many hopes—hope that her mom will stay, or maybe that she’ll stay gone, hope she and Nan will move again, or maybe stay in one place. It’s hard to know what to hope for when so many things have fallen through in Jubilee’s 12 years, but this move is going to be different! Jaime Berry’s debut novel is full of friendship, family, home, and hope and is sure to be a hit with those in grades 5 and up who enjoy sad-happy warming books by authors such as Jo As the title states, Hope Springs! Jubilee has many hopes—hope that her mom will stay, or maybe that she’ll stay gone, hope she and Nan will move again, or maybe stay in one place. It’s hard to know what to hope for when so many things have fallen through in Jubilee’s 12 years, but this move is going to be different! Jaime Berry’s debut novel is full of friendship, family, home, and hope and is sure to be a hit with those in grades 5 and up who enjoy sad-happy warming books by authors such as Joan Bauer, Barbara O’Connor, Nancy Cavanaugh, and Angela Cervantes. Highly recommended with no reservations in regards to profanity, sexual content or violence. Thanks for the print arc, Little, Brown Book for Young Readers.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Alysa

    HOPE SPRINGS, Jaime Berry’s debut novel certainly delivers on its title- a sense of hope, albeit sometimes with tension and doubt, springs off every page. Jubilee Johnson and her grandmother have made a safe and quiet life for themselves after Jubilee’s father died and her Momma took off to become a country singing star. But safe and quiet also means that they move. A lot. And while they’re always on the lookout for the perfect place to call home, nowhere ever feels quite right. Until they arriv HOPE SPRINGS, Jaime Berry’s debut novel certainly delivers on its title- a sense of hope, albeit sometimes with tension and doubt, springs off every page. Jubilee Johnson and her grandmother have made a safe and quiet life for themselves after Jubilee’s father died and her Momma took off to become a country singing star. But safe and quiet also means that they move. A lot. And while they’re always on the lookout for the perfect place to call home, nowhere ever feels quite right. Until they arrive in Hope Springs, TX, hometown of Jubilee’s hero and crafting mentor, a tv crafting expert, Artletta Paisley. Jubilee tries to abide by her and Nan’s first rule that they’re better off alone, but life in this small town opens up friendships and opportunities, and Jubilee’s heart, even to the one person she thought she could never let back in; her momma. With a setting and the warm, comfortable feel of Winn-Dixie, this is exactly the kind of book a MG reader can get lost in. The world of this small town is inviting, yet some very real complications pull at Jubillee, compelling her to stretch and grow. This is a book about the wanting and yearning of childhood, of loss mixed with found family and finding your place in the world. It’s also about realizing that your heroes are sometimes the ones you least expect. HOPE SPRINGS is a wonderful read that I highly recommend for MG readers. Oh, and I love the addition of crafting projects sprinkled throughout the book!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jenn of The Bookish Society

    Who doesn't have a love/hate relationship with big box stores? Jubilee loves moving around the country with her Nan. No matter where they go, she can feel at home when she enters a Smart Mart. She loves that store and the spokesperson- super crafter Arletta Paisley. It takes moving to Hope Springs and slowly becoming a part of a real community to open her eyes that maybe big box stores aren't as great as she thought. We slowly find out how Jubilee came to live with Nan, and I thought that the re Who doesn't have a love/hate relationship with big box stores? Jubilee loves moving around the country with her Nan. No matter where they go, she can feel at home when she enters a Smart Mart. She loves that store and the spokesperson- super crafter Arletta Paisley. It takes moving to Hope Springs and slowly becoming a part of a real community to open her eyes that maybe big box stores aren't as great as she thought. We slowly find out how Jubilee came to live with Nan, and I thought that the relationship between her and her Mom was well done. Sometimes kids are happier living with someone other than their Mom and Dad. It's nice to see that kind of story in MG.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Terry Jennings

    Jubilee Johnson lives by a lot of rules. Many of them, in fact. She and her Nan have to have many rules because they move around a lot, and without rules, their feelings might get hurt. But there’s not a lot that would mean more to Jubilee than for her and Nan to find the perfect place where they can stay put. And Hope Springs, for a lot of reasons, seems to fit the bill in Jubilees mind. There are only two things that Jubilee would like better than staying put somewhere: Meeting Arletta Paisley Jubilee Johnson lives by a lot of rules. Many of them, in fact. She and her Nan have to have many rules because they move around a lot, and without rules, their feelings might get hurt. But there’s not a lot that would mean more to Jubilee than for her and Nan to find the perfect place where they can stay put. And Hope Springs, for a lot of reasons, seems to fit the bill in Jubilees mind. There are only two things that Jubilee would like better than staying put somewhere: Meeting Arletta Paisley, her crafting hero, and having her own mother want her back. Jubilee and Nan are two characters who are full of heart, and humor, and in Hope Springs, without giving anything away, they find a supporting cast which is bound to steal their hearts. In the end, Jubilee Johnson has to make some tough decisions, which left this reader totally satisfied. My thanks to Jaime Berry, the author, for sharing her wonderful book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    Jubilee Johnson is a main character after my own heart. With her Nan moving her around all the time, Jubilee turns to crafting, organization, and DIY projects to try and create a home for herself. But when she finally convinces Nan that they should move to Hope Springs, hometown of her crafting idol, Arletta Paisley, Jubilee finds herself becoming part of a community for the first time... a community that she could envision becoming an actual home. Jaime Berry's characters are just that... chara Jubilee Johnson is a main character after my own heart. With her Nan moving her around all the time, Jubilee turns to crafting, organization, and DIY projects to try and create a home for herself. But when she finally convinces Nan that they should move to Hope Springs, hometown of her crafting idol, Arletta Paisley, Jubilee finds herself becoming part of a community for the first time... a community that she could envision becoming an actual home. Jaime Berry's characters are just that... characters. They're funny and wry and entirely engaging. The world of Hope Springs is painted so clearly, you can feel it on every page. And the novel is absolutely infused with hope, just as the title implies. HOPE SPRINGS is a story about making connections and finding your people, and it delivers on its title in every possible way. Thank you to Little Brown Books for Young Readers for the ARC.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    This debut by Jaime Berry is sure to be a hit with students in our school library. That cover alone will draw them in! This hopeful story of Jubilee finding comfort and security in the new town of Hope Springs will tug at readers' hearts. I loved that she was a strong character who, along with the help of friends, found a way to make a difference for herself as well as for her new community. Thank you for sharing the ARC with #bookposse! I look forward to purchasing a finished copy for our libra This debut by Jaime Berry is sure to be a hit with students in our school library. That cover alone will draw them in! This hopeful story of Jubilee finding comfort and security in the new town of Hope Springs will tug at readers' hearts. I loved that she was a strong character who, along with the help of friends, found a way to make a difference for herself as well as for her new community. Thank you for sharing the ARC with #bookposse! I look forward to purchasing a finished copy for our library when it publishes.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sam Subity

    Jubilee Johnson and her grandmother Nan have always run away at the first sign of trouble, choosing to pick up stakes and leave for the next town rather than face whatever difficulties life brings. It's not until they land in Hope Springs that Jubilee finds herself somewhere she might actually be able to open up, settle down, and be herself at last. With an indomitable main character, prose that wraps around you like a warm hug, and a thread of hope that runs through it, this story will leave yo Jubilee Johnson and her grandmother Nan have always run away at the first sign of trouble, choosing to pick up stakes and leave for the next town rather than face whatever difficulties life brings. It's not until they land in Hope Springs that Jubilee finds herself somewhere she might actually be able to open up, settle down, and be herself at last. With an indomitable main character, prose that wraps around you like a warm hug, and a thread of hope that runs through it, this story will leave you with a big smile on your face and your heart full!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Adam

    I absolutely LOVED this book. It is clever and kind, full of endearing characters and a strong sense of community. I adored the gentle humor and compassion, the quirky characters and the sense of authentic *honesty* around which the story is built. Jaime Berry's writing is so lovely and this whole story felt like sitting on the porch in the sunshine, sharing sweet tea with a dear friend. Definitely a favorite!! I absolutely LOVED this book. It is clever and kind, full of endearing characters and a strong sense of community. I adored the gentle humor and compassion, the quirky characters and the sense of authentic *honesty* around which the story is built. Jaime Berry's writing is so lovely and this whole story felt like sitting on the porch in the sunshine, sharing sweet tea with a dear friend. Definitely a favorite!!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Guyor Jowett

    When an eleven-year-old character captures your heart within the first few pages, you grab hold and settle in. Jubilee is just such a character. She has spunk, spirit, and most of all hope. This is a story of discovering friendship and family in all the right places. Readers who loved The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise will love this book as well. Jubilee's voice inhabits the story from the first word all the way to the end. When an eleven-year-old character captures your heart within the first few pages, you grab hold and settle in. Jubilee is just such a character. She has spunk, spirit, and most of all hope. This is a story of discovering friendship and family in all the right places. Readers who loved The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise will love this book as well. Jubilee's voice inhabits the story from the first word all the way to the end.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ellen

    Full disclosure: Jaime Berry writes with joy and light, and every character comes to life in the page. Oh, and we are critique partners, and I adore her stories! Jubilee has a heart of gold. Fran is feisty. And there’s a farting dog in a small town craft store. What else do you need? This story is warm and joyful and will brighten your day. Highly recommend to readers 10-up.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Alexis

    Three words: creativity, empower, and beginnings. Thank you to Jaime Berry and Little, Brown Book for Young Readers for sharing this book in exchange for an honest review. I loved the quotes, the family dynamics, the untraditional family, and the overall storyline. I hope you read and enjoy it too!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Dara Yoder

    Moving around a lot, trying to find a place to belong...Hope Springs has it all. Sweet ending! I was rooting for main character, Jubilee, and am so happy for how the book ends! Dynamic character kept me reading! I will share this with my sixth grade students! #bookposse

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Halbur

    A wonderful debut MG novel by Jaime Berry. Full of hope, new beginnings and a bit of quilting and crafting. Thanks for sharing an ARC with #bookposse

  20. 5 out of 5

    Coco Michels

    It was a fantastic book about friendship and family and finding your home. I also loved the craft projects sprinkled throughout the book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lizz Axnick

    This is the story of Jubilee Jones and her Nan, who travel around from place to place when things get hard. When Nan is ready to make their next move, Jubilee subtly points her to Hope Springs, TX, hometown of her beloved hero Arletta Paisley. Jubilee discovers that Hope Springs really could be home and that even though she tries to adhere to the 19 relocation rules, she finds herself extremely attached to the town and it's residents. This is a cute story about a girl who moves a lot and never r This is the story of Jubilee Jones and her Nan, who travel around from place to place when things get hard. When Nan is ready to make their next move, Jubilee subtly points her to Hope Springs, TX, hometown of her beloved hero Arletta Paisley. Jubilee discovers that Hope Springs really could be home and that even though she tries to adhere to the 19 relocation rules, she finds herself extremely attached to the town and it's residents. This is a cute story about a girl who moves a lot and never really puts down roots. Until Hope Springs, where she makes friends and gets a job working in a fabric barn. The fall from grace of Jubilee's TV idol was rather predictable but the heartwarming story of her family coming back together gave me the sniffles. This book also deals with the issue of abandonment, which could be upsetting for younger readers. It is handled quite well and is a tough subject for kiddos but will probably mean a lot to kids who have been in Jubilee's shoes. While I don't pretend to understand any of the fishing lingo in this book I still enjoyed the small town of Hope Springs, giving me a little of my own hope spring in the turmoil of the world right now. This is a charming story and very well written. I think this author is going to do well in the market. This is her debut story and I would definitely read another book by her.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie Grover

    Jubilee Johnson and her grandmother have lived by Relocation Rule Number 1: “Just the two of them is all they need”. But, when their latest move lands them in Hope Springs, Texas, moving may no longer be the answer to their problems. Here she meets a girl set on winning the local fishing tournament and a boy who hardly speaks at all, but always knows the right things to say. Friends- the thing Jubilee has been missing in her life. But when the small town is threatened by a mega-chain superstore Jubilee Johnson and her grandmother have lived by Relocation Rule Number 1: “Just the two of them is all they need”. But, when their latest move lands them in Hope Springs, Texas, moving may no longer be the answer to their problems. Here she meets a girl set on winning the local fishing tournament and a boy who hardly speaks at all, but always knows the right things to say. Friends- the thing Jubilee has been missing in her life. But when the small town is threatened by a mega-chain superstore fronted by Jubilee’s crafting idol, Arletta Paisley, Jubilee is forced to either take a stand to help her new friends or skip town again. Jubilee calls on her new friends and the one person she never thought she would need- her Momma. Will she find a way to save the town she wants to call home and convince her Nan that they can finally settle down? I hope you add this tug-at-your-heartstrings middle-grade novel to your TBR.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mary Louise

    *I was given an advance copy by NetGalley in exchange for a review* Hope Springs is a sweet debut middle grade novel about a young girl named Jubilee and her Nan, who move from place to place so frequently that they never get a chance to form roots. Jubilee picks out a town called Hope Springs, and that’s where they move next. What Jubilee or Nan don’t realize is that this might be the place where they form bonds, find community, and learn what it means to fight for what they believe in, in more *I was given an advance copy by NetGalley in exchange for a review* Hope Springs is a sweet debut middle grade novel about a young girl named Jubilee and her Nan, who move from place to place so frequently that they never get a chance to form roots. Jubilee picks out a town called Hope Springs, and that’s where they move next. What Jubilee or Nan don’t realize is that this might be the place where they form bonds, find community, and learn what it means to fight for what they believe in, in more ways than one. Hope Springs is filled with like-able characters, has a quick pace, and is very heartfelt and earnest. I would happily recommend this to those in search of realistic fiction.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Karen McKenna

    Thank you so much Little Brown Books and Jaime Berry for sharing an advanced copy with LitReviewCrew. I just loved Jubilee's story. Full of heart and memorable characters, I cheered for Jubilee the entire time! A story that shows that life is about the people in our lives and the way we support each other, this book is also a celebration of small, close-knit communities and big dreams. Thank you so much Little Brown Books and Jaime Berry for sharing an advanced copy with LitReviewCrew. I just loved Jubilee's story. Full of heart and memorable characters, I cheered for Jubilee the entire time! A story that shows that life is about the people in our lives and the way we support each other, this book is also a celebration of small, close-knit communities and big dreams.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Gigi

    Hope Springs is a wonderful middle grade book that will tug on your heart-strings and have you cheering for Jubilee. There's lots of humor, heart, friends, family and HOPE! Hope Springs is a wonderful middle grade book that will tug on your heart-strings and have you cheering for Jubilee. There's lots of humor, heart, friends, family and HOPE!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Erin

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ingrid

  28. 4 out of 5

    Julie

  29. 4 out of 5

    Laura Mossa

  30. 4 out of 5

    Angela

  31. 4 out of 5

    Shari

  32. 4 out of 5

    Jaime Berry

  33. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

  34. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Vitalis

  35. 5 out of 5

    Yvette Clark

  36. 4 out of 5

    Claire

  37. 4 out of 5

    Lori Kaufmann

  38. 4 out of 5

    Rina Heisel

  39. 4 out of 5

    Marti Leimbach

  40. 5 out of 5

    Haley Shaffer

  41. 4 out of 5

    Leo

  42. 5 out of 5

    Nerdula

  43. 5 out of 5

    Kerry (lines i underline)

  44. 4 out of 5

    Summer

  45. 5 out of 5

    Fanna

  46. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Seal

  47. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)

  48. 4 out of 5

    emmy

  49. 4 out of 5

    Don't Joj Me

  50. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

  51. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

  52. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

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