"A book that reminds us of the kidness we are all capable of." -- Gary D. Schmidt, Newbery Honor winner and author of Okay For Now

A well. A wish. And a little drop of hope.

Times are tough. Jobs are scarce and miracles are in short supply. But something strange is happening in If Only, Ohio. An old well has suddenly, impossibly, begun to grant wishes. And three sixth graders are the only ones who know why.

Ernest Wilmette believes a good deed makes magic happen. Ryan Hardy thinks they should just mind their own business. Lizzy MacComber believes in facts, not fairy tales. Of course, you don't have to believe in wishes to make one.

As more wishes are made, the well's true secret gets harder and harder to keep. Ernest, Ryan, and Lizzy know they can't fix the world. But in their own little corner of it, they can give everyone a little hope... one wish at a time.
Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected to be published on February 26, 2019 by Scholastic Press
ISBN-10: 1338233203
ISBN-13: 9781338233209
6 Book Reviews
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  • selina
    selinaWednesday, February 6, 2019 at 1:41 pm33 stars
    Ernest Wilmette thinks that he can create miracles and somehow create hope. Ryan Hardy thinks that he should mind his own business. Lizzy MacComber believes in fact and not the "fairy tales" (or so she calls) Ernest is coming up with. One day something very strange happens. An old well seems to be granting wishes to whomever wishes upon it. Only Ernest, Ryan and Lizzy know what the well's true intentions are and that secret is getting harder and harder to keep. They understand that they can't fix the world and that they should do their best in their little corner of it. They also have to keep up hope in order to save it.
    • domosaur
      domosaurFriday, December 28, 2018 at 9:50 am55 starsFeatured
      It all started with the legend of Thompkins Well, which was said to grant wishes to those who asked. Then one day, when Ryan Hardy was walking Ernest Wilmette home from school to avoid a fight with the school bully, they got lost. Ryan thought he knew where to go, but he didn't know where he was now. Ernest suddenly ran off the trail, forcing Ryan to follow him. What did they find? A cave. Actually, the bottom of a well, Thompkins Well. Faintly, they heard a wish, a wish from someone in their class. What were they supposed to do? Days went by, more wishes were asked for, and soon, some of those wishes were granted. How were the wishes being granted? Was it by magic, or was someone listening? To find out, read A Drop of Hope. My favorite aspect of the book was how the characters changed throughout the book and the ironic friendships that were made. I give this book 5 stars, and would recommend this to anyone who loves a magical story.
      • callie_b
        callie_bWednesday, December 19, 2018 at 5:02 am55 starsFeatured
        This book was flat-out amazing!! Ernest, Ryan and Lizzy have always seen and heard stories about their town of Cliffs Donnelly's wishing well. But they've never really believed that it actually granted wishes... until one day they find themselves underneath the well in a small cave, able to hear every wish tossed down into the well's abyss. And for some reason it seems to connect with Ernest's grandfather's attic. Ernest's grandfather told Ernest repeatedly and sort of spookily to clean up his attic after he passes, and when Ernest does, the object that he takes out of the attic ends up doing something to grant a wish from the well. Sounds pretty crazy, right?? Well, at this point nothing seems crazy anymore to Ernest, Lizzy and Ryan. They start seeing that with a little bit of kindness and thought, wishes do come true. This book was actually filled with some mystery and a lot of suspense. And I LOVED it!! It was SO GOOD! Keith Calabrese does an amazing job describing the 3 friend's tale, and I hung on to every word and devoured this book in 2 days! If you like adventure, mystery, and basically a good book, you NEED to read this book, because I COMPLETELY and TOTALLY recommend it, for any age and anyone. :)
        • llpanda
          llpandaFriday, November 30, 2018 at 7:56 pm33 stars
          There is a legend in Cliffs Donnelly that the old Thompkins well grants wishes. Too bad it's just folklore because the small town could use some extra miracles. Then amazingly the wishes start to come true, but not in the normal way. This book was really fun to read the only thing I didn't like about it was that I felt it was a little hard to keep track of all the characters in the book. Other than that I thought it was a great story and it put a new spin on the steryotype wishing well magic.
          • hummingbird1
            hummingbird1Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at 11:13 am44 starsFeatured
            When I read the summary of A Drop of Hope, I thought it sounded interesting and wanted to read it. It ended up being a great read and was not disappointed by it at all. In Cliffs Donnelly, Ohio, legend says that there is a well that grants wishes. At a time when many people are struggling with their lives, they find themselves going to the well often. However, it is not always the well that does the work. Three kids- Ernest, Ryan, and Lizzy learn things about the well that no one else knows and are able to hear the wishes people make. Through kindness, friendship, and teamwork, they work together to make lives better for the people of Cliffs Donnelly and learn some important things about themselves along the way. A Drop of Hope is one of those books that make you feel happy inside. I would definitely recommend this book to others and hope you like it as much as I do!
            • belle252
              belle252Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 5:54 pm55 starsFeatured
              This book is awesome they way its written just wont bore you like i want a part 2 honestly. So at first i thought that this would be some magic well and wishes would come true and it would be a happy ending like every other wishing well story, but as i read it was not like an other wishing well story it was the story of 5 children that seem to be different and all have no hope they all seem perfect but they really are not and how when they come together and start helping people their lives change this book just really shows no matter how happy someone looks on the outside its really whats going on in there life and we cant help everyone but we can a few people and make a change in their life i totally love this book its awesome i thought it would take me forever to read this but once i started reading i could not stop i had to know how it would end how in just one year their lives would turn around i would totally recommend reading this book its i cant put in words how good it is.

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