One Small Hop

Scholastic. May 2021. 256p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781338565614.
Gr 4-7–Picture a world where it’s always a “good day to be indoors,” where field trips are taken through VR goggles, and your water usage is monitored by tickets. Set on the coast of Maine close to what was once the Atlantic Ocean but is now referred to as the “New Dead Sea,” this cautionary tale raises the question: Is this the (not-so-distant) future? Rosenberg takes readers on an adventure with Ahab and his friends on a quest to find what they think is the last bullfrog in North America. This humorous adventure is filled with laughs as well as thought-provoking details about climate change and conservation. Story lines involving friends and “frenemies” alike root the book in contemporary tween concerns while prompting them to ask how they can help the planet.
VERDICT A quick read and one that will grab readers’ attention from the first page and hold it to the end; a strong purchase for any library that wants to keep up with the environmental times.

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