Saturday, May 12, 2012

Hop to it!

Think "The Frog Prince" with a bit of a twist and you will have some idea of THE HOP by Sharelle Byars Moranville (Disney/Hyperion 2012). Dual narrators tell the story of a pond threatened by construction. Meet Tad, a young toad who has the sight. In his hibernation dreams, Tad has heard the awful noise and felt the rumblings in the ground. He must talk to the old toad and see what can be made of these disturbing dreams. Meanwhile, a girl named Taylor is determined to stop the builders who are plowing up land and knocking down trees at the perimeter of her grandmother's property. Tad heads off to Reno in search of a queen who can help him. Taylor, too, is heading to Reno with her parents for a rock and roll convention. When their paths cross, will a miracle happen? Moranville's attention to detail just might convince readers that there is indeed magic, especially magic in saving the environment. <255>

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