Alyssa Milano is a name most people will know as she has been a regular on our TV screens for a long time now. In recent years she has been making a name for herself as an activist, campaigning for human rights and women’s rights along with environmental issues. She has also become a mother. It is a combination of these different factors that has led her to create Hope.
Hope is an eleven-year-old girl. A fairly typical one dealing with all the issues facing most children – siblings, friends, family, school. This first book in a new series deals with Hope starting a new school. She will be taking separate classes to her best friend. She has to make new friends, learn to share her old ones, and find her voice and role.
This book could have been a very predictable one full of typical clichés. Instead it is an enjoyable read that identifies and deals with a lot of relevant issues in a refreshing way. It features a diverse cast of characters from different backgrounds with a range of interests. One of the things I liked most is that it doesn’t define anyone as being better. This isn’t a book saying you should be one thing. Instead it highlights that the most important point we can make to our younger generation is that the best thing to be is yourself.
This is a really good series for middle grade readers. The book hits the shelves in October. One of the issues Hope deals with is settling in to a new school. If you have someone at home having a similar problem this fall as school restarts, this is a book for them. But this is also one for boys and girls who want to read about being themselves and helping to make a difference around them.
— Hannah Reidell
Project Middle School is a Pick of the List from Watermark Booksellers.
— Watermark Booksellers
From actor and lifelong activist Alyssa Milano comes Hope Roberts, a girl who's determined to change the world. Hope is eleven years old, and she wants to be an astrophysicist. She loves swimming, Galaxy Girl comic books, her best friend Sam, and her two rescue dogs.
Hope believes it's always a good day to champion a cause, defend an underdog, and save the future. And most of all, she believes in dreaming big. That's why she's enrolled in all of the advanced classes at her new middle school. She's smart and confident in her abilities. But though Hope seems super strong on the outside, there's another side of her, too. She's just a regular girl trying to survive middle school.
It's the beginning of sixth grade, and Hope's BFF quickly meets a new group of friends in her classes. Hope doesn't know how to handle it. She and Sam have always been inseparable! Things don't go as well for Hope. She embarrasses herself in front of her whole class, and then she gets off on the wrong foot with her new classmate, Camila.
Even science club doesn't go as planned. None of the boys in the club will listen to the girls' ideas, and Hope and Camila get stuck doing the boring part of their science project, even though it was their idea.
But Hope is determined to prove herself to the boys -- even if it means doing a lot of extra work on her own. She knows that sometimes changing the world starts small. So now Hope has a mission! Can she turn the science club into a place that's welcoming for everyone -- and make some new friends along the way?
Hope's relatability, kindness, empathy, and can-do attitude will inspire a generation of do-gooders. This new series is a response to the very palpable feeling that not only can young people save the world -- they will!
About the Author
Actress and activist Alyssa Milano has spent almost her entire life in the public eye. A famous child actor, she has continued to work throughout her adulthood in both television and film, most notably starring in the wildly popular television series Who's the Boss? and Charmed. Alyssa is also a lifelong activist and is passionate about fighting for human rights around the world. In 2003, UNICEF invited Alyssa to become a National Ambassador in recognition of her charitable work on behalf of children. Ever since then, Alyssa has been a champion of children's rights, working closely with UNICEF to raise money and awareness and provide aid to the children who need it most all over the world. Alyssa also speaks to kids in schools around the country about the importance of voting and teaches them how to fill out a ballot because she believes it's never too early to be civic-minded. Most recently, Alyssa is known for popularizing the #MeToo hashtag on Twitter, sparking the massive viral movement. She was named one of the 2017 Persons of the Year in Time magazine alongside other prestigious activists. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two kids.
Debbie Rigaud is the coauthor of Alyssa Milano's Hope series and the author of Truly Madly Royally. She grew up in East Orange, New Jersey, and started her career writing for entertainment and teen magazines. She now lives with her husband and children in Columbus, Ohio. Find out more at debbierigaud.com.
Eric S. Keyes is currently an animator and character designer on The Simpsons, joining the show in its first season. He has worked on many other shows throughout the years, including King of the Hill, The Critic, and Futurama. He was also a designer and art director on Disney's Recess. Hope is his first time illustrating a children's book series. Eric lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son.
Praise for Project Middle School:
"Hope is a likable and inspiring kid who never gives up." -- Kirkus Reviews