• Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 4
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

For the young girl in Hope, weekends at her great-aunt Poogee’s are the best. Aunt Poogee makes incredible fried chicken, tells great stories, and knows lots of interesting people. But this visit takes an unexpected turn when the pair encounters an ill-mannered friend. It takes Aunt Poogee’s special touch to heal a child hurt by words of ignorance and disrespect.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 4
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Publication Date 2011-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 5.0
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV011010, JUV013030
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Lexile 830
ATOS Reading Level 4.4
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 4222
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Awards and Reviewed

Author: Isabell Monk

Illustrator: Janice Lee Porter

Janice Lee Porter was born and raised in Chicago. She has a BFA in painting from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from California State University, Chico. She is the illustrator of over two dozen children's books and is an art faculty member at Shasta College in Redding, California, where she teaches painting and drawing. She lives in Chico, California.


  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 1999
  • NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, Winner, 1999


The Horn Book Guide

“. . .it’s well told, and the illustrations, with their fluid, rounded shapes, are a dynamic accompaniment.”
The Horn Book Guide

School Library Journal

“The lively, expressive full-page oil paintings depict Hope’s father’s white immigrant ancestors arriving in America and her mother’s enslaved ancestors toiling in the cotton fields. A must-have title.”
School Library Journal

Social Education

“This is a sensitive portrayal of the power and importance of family.”
Social Education