Selling Hope

Kristin O'Donnell Tubb

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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?


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May 1, 1910

Seventeen Days

till the End of the World.

News Headline

Earth Will Pass Through Comet’s 24-Million-Mile-Long
Tail on May 18

Cross-Eyed Jane poked her head into the tent. Her kinky yellow hair puffed in after her.

“We gots fifteen more minutes with the tarot cards before she and Nick go on.” Cross-Eyed Jane addressed me as “she,” even when she was talking directly to me. This, coupled with the fact that she was cross-eyed, often made it difficult to know who Jane was talking about. But I was the only other person



Praise for Selling Hope

“Tubb deftly ingrains a thoughtful ethical question into the story (is Hope really helping people by assuaging their fears or simply ripping them off?) but never overdoes it in this bouncy tale populated by a terrific cast of characters.” --Booklist, STARRED REVIEW


“[An] oft-engaging, pleasantly romantic romp through a fascinating time in America’s entertainment history.” --Kirkus Reviews


“Even though readers will anticipate the benign outcome of the fateful date, they’ll find themselves drawn in by the countdown to possible doom and intrigued by Tubb’s subtle examination of the fine line between offering hope and dealing deceit.” --BCCB


“Tubb uses rich historical material well in this clever story… a good show with heroes, villains, and heart.” --School Library Journal


"Tubb’s inventive heroine comes across as a female version of familiar characters, such as Gary Paulsen’s Harris or Robert Newton Peck’s Soup. This homespun tale, full of folksy humor and based on historical fact, will appeal to young fans of Deborah Wiles’ and Ruth White’s books."--Booklist for Autumn Winifred Oliver Does Things Different

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  • KRISTIN O'DONNELL TUBB is the author of Autumn Winifred Oliver Does Things Different. She describes herself as “basically a dork who would still be going to school if they’d let me. But they won’t (cause that’d just be weird), so I write instead. All of the research, none of the quizzes. It’s heaven!” She lives in Tennessee with her family. Visit her online at www.kristintubb.com. 

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Selling Hope

Kristin O'Donnell Tubb



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