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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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The town of Wymore is dying, and it's not just because the majority of its 51 residents are "all old and have either gray hair or no hair at all."During the summer months, when their parents are ... Read full review

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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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