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The Hop by Sharelle Byars Moranville
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Apr 11, 2012

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bookshelves: adventure, for-fun, kids_fiction, realistic-fantasy

Young, fearful toad Tad awakens from his winter sleep with a bump on his forehead and frightening dreams on his mind—dreams of his dear woodland and pond being destroyed by Rumbler (a backhoe). He learns he must find and kiss the Queen of the Hop to save the place and creatures he loves and so he begins a perilous quest to find her. Taylor is a young girl who resents her parents’ busy lives but loves the time spent with her grandmother Eve, time during which they garden, enjoy the pond and flower-filled fields near Eve’s house, and talk. Taylor learns that the nearby land has been sold so a strip mall can be built and is determined to stop the planned development. Their alternating voices develop their stories, which eventually (and predictably) intersect after each travel to Reno from Iowa. Fantasy and realism blend well, allowing the reader root for these two as they take on their rather daunting tasks. A sub-plot about Eve’s bout with cancer treatments is handled sensitively. Moranville’s writing is wonderfully descriptive, allowing readers to see both city and country from Tad and Taylor’s vantage points. Multiple themes are explored, including the environment versus development, friendship, loyalty, loss, and change. The overall tone is light and fun, in spite of the issues explored. Daly’s pen and ink illustrations bring the characters and setting to life, while adding humor. With obvious nods toward the fairy tale The Frog Prince, this is an entertaining, yet layered, tale for young, independent readers.

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Sharelle Peg, thank you for your review of THE HOP. I cherish every reader and every review!

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