Saturday, October 2, 2010

Selling Hope by Kristin O’Donnell Tubb

Selling Hope
by Kristin O’Donnell Tubb

Release date: November 9, 2010
Genre: YA
Paperback: 224 pages
Rating: 4

Description from the amazon:
It’s May 1910, and Halley’s Comet is due to pass thru the Earth’s atmosphere. And thirteen-year-old Hope McDaniels and her father are due to pass through their hometown of Chicago with their ragtag vaudeville troupe.

Hope wants out of vaudeville, and longs for a “normal” life—or as normal as life can be without her mother, who died five years before.

Hope sees an opportunity: She invents “anti-comet” pills to sell to the working-class customers desperate for protection.

Soon, she’s joined by a fellow troupe member, young Buster Keaton, and the two of them start to make good money.

And just when Hope thinks she has all the answers, she has to decide:

What is family?

Where is home?

Buster from The General

My two-bits:
In-a-word(s): Coins

Such a charming book with its one-liners intermingled with life on and off the road with a vaudeville group. Of course, what really attracted me to this book are the colorful characters that you find in such a group.

Amusing one-liner:
Speaking of traveling light, did you hear the one about the boy who did just that? All he packed was kerosene and matches!

-+0+o+ Book ARC Giveaway +o+0+-

Win my ARC.

Open to all.

Offer ends: October 31, 2010

TO DO (2-parts):

1. Sign the guestbook (if you signed it already or in September - no need)

2. Visit the author, Kristin's, About page and tell me what makes her tick or ticks her off.


Contest has ended - winner is here


* review ARC copy courtesy of Feiwel and Friends

* image source of Buster

-+0+o+ October Trix-n-Treatz schedule +o+0+-


  1. Books, chocolate and coffee are three things that make her tick.

  2. She agrees with most of us that Banned Books tick her off.


    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  3. This sounds super interesting - I find that I really love books about odd things like traveling circuses or vaudeville groups or the girl with two heads or things like that. :-)

  4. oh, and Kristin totally does not like bags of chips that explode everywhere when you open them. I also don't like that.

  5. This book sounds so lovely! Thank you for your review! :D

  6. I see coffee makes her tick, me too!!!

  7. Sounds like a good book. I like that books and chocolate make her tick... me too!

  8. chocolate and coffee! great combination to tick everyone else too =)

  9. books and chocolate make her tick...:)

    k_sunshine1977 at yahoo dot com

    this book sounds great! vaudeville? buster keaton? i'm so there!

  10. Books and chocolates make her tick.

  11. Banned books tick her off.

  12. Coffee makes her tick.
    Just like 90% of the working people.

  13. what makes her tick books the out doors what ticks her off banned books and chips that explode when u open them ( i hate when they do that too)

  14. HI, Velvet! I just found your review; thank you so much for the nice words about Selling Hope! What a delight to hear you enjoyed the one-liners and colorful characters - vaudeville was crazy-amazing.

    And thank you, everyone, for swinging by the website. I see the love of coffee and chocolate and the angst of exploding chips bags are shared by many! :-)

  15. Just like me chocolate makes her tick

    giveawaymommy at

  16. the great outdoors makes her tick!

  17. bags of chips that explode everywhere when you open them, That really ticks me off too!

  18. Banned Books tick her off...


  19. Signed guestbook and I learned that the great outdoors make her tick.
    hmhenderson AT yahoo DOT com

  20. One thing that ticks her off are bags of chips that explode when you open them.
    One thing that makes her tick is her family and friends.

    jlynettes @ hotmail . com

  21. Coffee, books and chocolate make her tick. Just like me :P


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