The Tenth Mistake of Hank Hooperman
Junior Library Guild Gold Standard selection
The Tenth Mistake of Hank Hooperman
by Gennifer Choldenko
ages 10 and up
Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN 978-1-5247-1892-3


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. 

This is 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.


Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection


“A moving portrayal of the powerful bonds that connect him (Hank), an unwillingly parentified child, and the younger sibling who means everything to him ... Hankies are a must.” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)

"From the first line of Hank‘s engaging first-person narrative to the last, he comes across as a reliable, sensible boy who is aware that his options are few and is determined to make the right choices. Choldenko speaks from the heart in this compelling story of Hank and Boo’s found family." (Booklist, starred review)

“Hank’s story will break readers’ hearts before putting them back together again. Highly recommended for all middle grade collections.” (School Library Journal starred review)


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