A Drop of Hope

320p. Scholastic. Feb. 2019. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781338233209.
Gr 4–6—A wishing well and an attic full of junk serve as the catalysts for a town in need of help. The students at Rod Serling Middle School, inspired by Mr. Earle's tale of Tomkins' Well and its ability to grant wishes, find themselves in a position to help make their neighbors' wishes come true. One of the students, Ernest, discovers an attic full of interesting items while honoring his grandfather's deathbed request that he clean the long-neglected space. The things he finds begin to play a role in fulfilling the Tomkins' Well wishes of the townspeople seeking magical solutions to their everyday problems. Ernest also uncovers family secrets about a jewel heist and the history of his town.
VERDICT Readers who enjoyed Louis Sachar's Fuzzy Mud will be drawn to this positive tale that reminds readers that they are not alone.

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