Posted in 2014-2015 Club, Not Mock Newbery

Hope is a Ferris Wheel, by Robin Herrera

Hope is a Ferris WheelSummary:  After moving from Oregon to a trailer park in California, ten-year-old Star participates in a poetry club, where she learns some important lessons about herself and her own hopes and dreams for the future.


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2 thoughts on “Hope is a Ferris Wheel, by Robin Herrera

  1. This book was very good but it was also very dramatic. I liked how the character was different but I also do think it was awkward how her sister, Winter, got pregnant. I loved how the author made all the people in the club different than others and how she became friends with the members gradually through the book. Overall I think the book was good and I would rate it 3 stars.

  2. Hope is a Ferris Wheel is about a girl named Star who has no known father, lives in a trailer with a delinquent sister, has blue hair, and has no friends. As if this isn’t hard enough to connect to, she takes her hope comes from believing that by meeting a father who deserted her mother will come and fix everything, and believes that she can make friends by creating a club called the Trailer Park Club where she highlights all the good points about living in a trailer park. Of course these are real life situations, but the way Star deals with them is too immature to relate to at least for me. A younger audience might appreciate her spunky and defiant voice more, but to me, it seemed, Star’s narration was too unrealistic for the content of the book. Also, I never understood Star’s reasoning for little things like not turning in her papers or even big things like where her hope came from. I did like that one plot twist that comes after Star meets Winter’s father and how it changed Star’s whole perspective on the theme. The theme and setting were the best parts. The author was not very subtle when writing the theme however and sometimes, I felt there was too much emphasis on it and that it was almost overdone. The writing style was very easy to read and was at times, humorous. Hope is a Ferris Wheel has already been taken off our Newbery list for reasons I agree with, but I think that fifth graders might find it an enjoyable and funny read.

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