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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade & Reference Publishers, Oct 8, 2013 - Juvenile Fiction - 240 pages
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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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User Review  - Barbara - Goodreads

This is a fun read aloud centering around the efforts of ten-year-old twins to save their dying town. Jimmy and Stella love Wymore, but the town has seen better times. It seems as though just about ... Read full review

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User Review  - Elizabeth Finney - Goodreads

Charming! Maybe a little dialect-y for kids, but fun to hear all the old diner language, and a fun book. Read full review

About the author (2013)

Jeff Tapia lived in Germany, Hungary, and the United States before settling in Austria with his family. He works as a freelance translator and has written several plays and short stories in both English and German. The small-town setting of Hippomobile! was inspired by his travels through the rural Midwest and Plains states. Hippomobile! is Jeff's first novel for children.

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