Sat 25 Aug 2012
But in The Hop (Hyperion, 2012), a new middle-grade novel by Sharelle Byars Moranville, they’re both concerned about the same pond.
To Tad, a toad, it’s his home. To Taylor, a human girl, it’s a spot near her grandmother’s house that has provided some of her favorite memories.
Why are Tad and Taylor worried? Because the land is slated to be turned into a strip mall, which mean a backhoe will be coming to destroy everything.
Tad has one ray of hope. Legend holds that one brave young toad can help—but at a terrible price. Only if a toad kisses a human girl will Toadville be saved. Tad wants to rise to the challenge. So, with his best friend, Buuurk, he ventures off.
Taylor is trying to help as well. And when she meets Tad, their combined efforts just might be enough to save the day.
I like: Chocolate, Taylor Swift, books and dolphins.
This book was about: A frog named Tad whose home will only be saved if he kisses the Queen of the Hop.
The best part was when: Tad announced to the rest of Toadville-by-Tumbledown that he had kissed the Queen of the Hop, and that they were saved.
I laughed when: Tad became a human and helped Taylor look for the toad – who was Tad!
I was worried when: Tad lost Buuurk, and was scared.
I was surprised that: Tad turned into a human!
This book taught me: That no matter what happens, always keep working toward your goal.
Other kids reading this book should watch for: How Taylor absolutely loves her grandmother and also loves the pond.
Three words that best describe this book are: “Funny.” “Heartwarming.” “Happy.”
My favorite line or phrase in the book is: “Rumbler still has his big stinky feet right by us,” somebody said. “So how do you know we’re saved?” “Because I kissed the Queen of the Hop,” Tad said. And he could only hope that she would keep her promise.”
You should read this book because: It is a book of friendship and determination. It shows that you can do anything when you put your mind to it.
Sharelle Byars Moranville has written several other books, including Over the River – a Booklist Top Ten First Juvenile Novel, a Booklist Top Ten Historical Juvenile Novel, and a finalist for the 2005-2006 Iowa Children’s Choice Award. She’s also written A Higher Geometry – a Bank Street College of Education Best Book and a Booklist Top 10 Youth Romance.