Friday, May 31, 2024

The Tenth Mistake of Hank Hooperman by Gennifer Choldenko

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About The Tenth Mistake of Hank Hooperman The Tenth Mistake of Hank Hooperman 

Readers will be rooting for a happy ending for Hank in Newbery-Honor-winner Gennifer Choldenko’s gripping story of a boy struggling to hold his family together when his mom doesn’t come home.

When eleven-year-old Hank’s mom doesn’t come home, he takes care of his toddler sister, Boo, like he always does. But it’s been a week now. They are out of food and mom has never stayed away this long… Hank knows he needs help, so he and Boo seek out the stranger listed as their emergency contact.

But asking for help has consequences. It means social workers, and a new school, and having to answer questions about his mom that he’s been trying to keep secret. And if they can’t find his mom soon, Hank and Boo may end up in different foster homes–he could lose everything. 

Gennifer Choldenko has written a heart-wrenching, healing, and ultimately hopeful story about how complicated family can be. About how you can love someone, even when you can’t rely on them. And about the transformative power of second chances.

About The Author

Gennifer Choldenko is a New York Times bestselling and Newbery Honor Award-winning author. She's also the youngest of four siblings and was nicknamed "snot-nose" as a child. So perhaps it's not surprising that her books often feature quirky and tender depictions of brothers and sisters. Her most loved titles include: Al Capone Does My Shirts and three other "Tales from Alcatraz", Notes from a Liar and Her Dog, Orphan Eleven, One-Third Nerd, and Chasing Secrets.

VERDICT Hank’s story will break readers’ hearts before putting them back together again. Highly recommended for all middle grade collections.

The Tenth Mistake of Hank Hooperman is phenomenal. Hank is one of those characters that you went to tell everyone about. Kids are going to fall hard for this one. A must read. One of the best books of 2024. Feels like one of those books that find themselves on 20+ state award lists

Knopf Books for Young Readers (June 11, 2024)

ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1524718930

Reading age ‏ : ‎ 10 - 13 years

Grade level ‏ : ‎ 5 - 6


  1. The plot sounds really interesting. I also love the creativity of the book cover.

  2. This sounds like a fun summer read.
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  3. Sounds like a good story; I have a few of Gennifer Choldenko books!

  4. Really great kids book for my younger siblings. :)

  5. This sounds like an amazing book, I always look forward to trying out new authors.

  6. This sounds like such a heartwarming story. Families today can be so complicated.

  7. I really liked Al Capone Does My Shirts, so I’m curious about this one!

  8. This looks like a great series. Thanks for sharing.

  9. This sounds like it would be a really fun story to read!


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