Hippomobile!

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There are many stories about kid crusaders who save something, but none like this one. With steampunk, tall tale, and just plain silly elements, the story of how ten-year-old twins Jimmy and Stella found out about the unique vehicle called the hippomobile, learned its history, and then used it to rescue their beloved town of Wymore is an original variant on a tried and true theme. A cast of wildly eccentric characters, most of whom are the twins' forty-seven grandmas and grandpas; a liberal sprinkling of diner slang and odd colloquial phrases, many explained in footnotes; and a sense that the events described never took place but could have are among the surprising ingredients of this unconventional creation. The fact that there really was a hippomobile with its own history doesn't interfere with the fun.
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About the author

Jeff Tapia lived in Germany, Hungary, and the U. S. before settling in Austria with his family. His writing includes plays and short stories in English and German, and Hippomobile!, his first novel for children.

 

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Publisher
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Published on
Oct 8, 2013
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Pages
240
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ISBN
9780547995502
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Language
English
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Genres
Juvenile Fiction / Family / Multigenerational
Juvenile Fiction / Family / Siblings
Juvenile Fiction / Humorous Stories
Juvenile Fiction / Transportation / Cars & Trucks
Juvenile Fiction / Transportation / Railroads & Trains
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