Peggy Noodle, Hula Hoop Queen

Peggy Noodle is a fun read. Peggy’s dilemma of ‘awkwardness’ is put to rest as she meets the challenge of conquering a new sport shown to her by Clara, an elderly neighbor. This easy reader encourages  self esteem, depicts competition, and friendships.”    — Carol Crane

Peggy Noodle, Hula Hoop Queen

In the summer of 1957, the children of Peak City are about to learn a hard lesson. When Peggy Noodle moves into the neighborhood, speculation is high that she’ll be a shoe-in for the basketball team–after all, she’s tall and adventurous and everyone assumes she’ll be a star. But looks can be deceiving, and by the time it’s too late to convince them otherwise, she leads her team to a disastrous defeat.

Peggy finds an unexpected friend in her kind, elderly neighbor, Mrs. Moore, who invites her to learn how to hula hoop. Peggy realizes quickly that hula hooping is perfect for her, and the two set out to show Peggy’s friends and the town how fun and sporty hula hooping can be. They hatch a plan to help the community build a fun new legacy by bringing the First Annual Tri-City Hoopla to Peak City, and along the way draw Peggy’s friends into the fun of hula hooping. Because when you find something you love to do, it’s easy to do it well.

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Illustrated by Monica Wyrick
64 pages, juvenile historical fiction
young reader chapter book, ages 8 – 12
Publication date: August 2019, 2nd edition

ISBN: 978-1-7334489-0-1

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CHECK IT OUT : Monica Wyrick, Illustrator

Monica is a lifelong artist with a great eye for detail, color and whimsy. Her love for the history, tradition and craftsmanship of the Celts led to create her own line of work. The stylized features of the ancient Book of Kells along with the unique stories of the lives of the saints serve as inspiration for the pieces. She is also a seasoned studio artist, and children’s book illustrator. Among her titles and workbooks, she has illustrated two titles for Audrey Penn.

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