Hope can come in many forms, and in the novel Hopscotch, it comes in the form of a hopscotch board drawn on the sidewalk leading to the entrance of a hospital in Greensboro, North Carolina. Despite the hospital’s cleaning crew’s efforts to remove the board, it mysteriously re-appears every day. Eventually physicians, hospital employees, and patients, including Emily, an 8-year-old fighting cancer, and Stan, an Iraqi War veteran, are drawn to this hopscotch board. Hopscotch is a story about the healing power of hope and how the simplest thing can affect and change so many lives for the better.
On a cool December day a mysterious hopscotch board appears in front of one of the hospital entrances. CEO Ralph Davis orders housekeeping to get rid of it. John has been sent by his boss to get rid of the “graffiti” on the sidewalk in front of the visitors center. When he arrives he’s surprised to see the graffiti is actually a hopscotch board and before washing it away he flashes to a pleasant memory of playing the game with his daughter Shanna. It mysteriously reappears the next day and starts to draw the attention of staff and patients and takes on a life of its own. This seemingly innocent game of hopscotch appears during the Christmas season and brings much needed happiness, joy, and hope to all those who see and play the game.
I thought this was a sweet story of hope and liked how everyone who encountered the hopscotch board was positively moved by it, not just the patients. I liked that Steve Cushman chose a hopscotch board to bring this message of hope, it’s something that most people can relate to. If you didn’t play the game as a child, maybe you have at least seen the game being played. When I was about two-thirds of the way through the book, I had a lightbulb moment – this book is like a modern day retelling of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t necessarily think that was the author’s intent but I started to see some similarities between the two. If you’re looking for a quick, feel good story, this is the book for you.
Thank you to Netgalley (read now) for an opportunity to read and review of this book.
Publisher: Livingston Press
Publication Date: 5/20/2017
Pages: 146 (eBook)
Do you have a favorite childhood game that brings back fond memories?