Hope is your average twelve-year-old – or at least that’s what she appears to be on the outside. She should be free and careless, but instead she’s stressed and worrisome.
Hope finally comes full circle. With the help of Anne Frank, friends and family, she finds out she isn’t as hopeless as she thought. By the end of the book readers are taken on a journey through painful feelings, heartbreaking situations, and brutal honesty. As Hope will never forget Anne Frank and the struggles of all those during the Holocaust, readers will never forget Hope.
The core of Gretchen Olson’s Call Me Hope is verbal abuse. The subject matter, which is sensitive, is approached with grace, care, honesty, and above all, tact. It is a difficult task to present this to children in a way that is mature yet understandable, Olson does a great job at not dumbing down the text or not assuming that her target audience won’t “get” the books point.
Within the pages, Olson has done a fine job defining (not in the traditional sense but by way of emotion) of what verbal abuse is, the key signs to know if someone is verbally abused, and all of the feelings that are attached. She has also done a fine job in creating a character, Hope, that is strong, realistic, and one that is readers can sympathize with.