The Hop by Sharelle Byars Moranville

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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 Sharelle Byars Moranville

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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.Anna Alter has created such books as Estelle and Lucy and The Three Little Kittens. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Ms. Alter teaches art education to preschool children. She lives in Boston.
Published March 20, 2012 by Disney Hyperion. 288 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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That human turns out to be Taylor, who frequently stays with her grandmother Eve, whose property borders Toadville-by-Tumbledown.

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