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Sharelle Byars Moranville

Sharelle Byars Moranville is the author of several books for children and teenagers, including Over The River, which Publishers Weekly said “mark[s] her as an author to watch.” She also teaches creative writing. In her spare time, she can often be found with her hands immersed in the dirt of her garden in Iowa—the setting that helped inspire The Hop. You can see photographs by visiting

Niki Daly is an award-winning illustrator of numerous books for children, several of which he has also written. He lives with his wife, Jude Daly (also an illustrator), in the South African seaside resort of Kleinmond – right next to a colony of toads who sing at night.
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