About the Author
Sharelle Byars Moranville
is the author of several books for children and teenagers, includingOver The River
, whichPublishers 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 inspireThe Hop
. You can see photographs by visiting www.sharellebyarsmoranville.com.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.