The Hop

The Hop

By Sharelle Byars Moranville; Niki Daly (Illustrator)

Hyperion Books, Hardcover, 9781423137368, 276pp.

Publication Date: March 2012

A small toad named Tad is in grave danger.
Rumbler, a monstrous earth-eating machine, is poised to destroy his home, Toadville-by-Tumbledown. The green grass, the blue pond-everything Tad knows might disappear.
It is foretold 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 is called to rise to the challenge, disgusting though it seems. In the company of his best friend Buuurk, he sets off into the unknown.
Meanwhile, a girl named Taylor is determined to stop her grandmother's pond from being turned into a strip mall. Perhaps, somewhere along the way, she will cross paths with a small, brave toad. Little does she know that his quest is the same as hers.

About the Author
Sharelle Byars Moranville is a professor of literature and the author of the middle-grade novel "Over the River", which "Booklist "said was "beautifully written" in a starred review. She lives in West Des Moines, Iowa, with her husband.

Niki Daly is an award-winning author and illustrator of numerous picture books, including "Not So Fast, Songololo." He lives in Cape Town, South Africa.