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Quinny & Hopper


Quinny & Hopper
by Adriana Brad Schanen

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Writing Prompt: Both Quinny & Hopper need a friend. What types of things do you do when you want to become friends with someone? When Quinny & Hopper first meet, it’s like pulling teeth (or in this case counting teeth) to initiate a friendship. What actions do Quinny & Hopper take in order to become friends? Write a paragraph about how you have built a friendship with one of your friends. In a second paragraph, write about what actions Quinny & Hopper demonstrate in becoming each other’s friend.

Character Web: Create a character web to record and explore different relationships between the characters. Connect the characters to other characters they interact with. Can be done as a group on the attached Character Web Worksheet or as a class using a white or dry erase board.



Read chapter 3 – 5.



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Quinny & Hopper. Schanen, Adriana Brad (author).  Illustrated by Greg Swearingen. June 2014. 240p. Disney/Hyperion, hardcover, $15.99 (9781423178293); Disney/Hyperion, hardcover, $15.99 (9781484707647). Grades 2-5. 

REVIEW.  First published July, 2014 (Booklist).

Uprooted from her apartment in New York City, spirited Quinny and her two annoying little sisters land in the country. Quinny is not happy. The list of things she misses about the bustling city is “very, very, extra-very long” and includes tae kwon do and accordion lessons. Things look up when she spies a couple of exciting new things: a black-and-white striped chicken and a quiet boy next door named Hopper. Hopper is nothing like Quinny. He prefers low-key activities, like art, that no one in his family except his grandfather understands. Their friendship has a rough start, thanks to bullying older brothers, Quinny’s martial-arts training, and a broken vase. Soon though, they are fast friends, scheming to reunite the chicken with its former owner. But they hit another rough spell when school starts and Quinny becomes friends with a mean girl. Quinny and Hopper narrate alternating chapters, each with a strong voice, spot-on language and emotions, and charming black-and-white spot illustrations. Funny, honest, and fast paced, this book about friendship should have wide appeal.— Suzanne Harold

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books:
Schanen, Adriana Brad. Quinny & Hopper. Illustrated by Greg Swearingen. September 2014

ISBN 978-1-4231-7829-3

Almost-third-grader Hopper is the kind of quiet kid who would prefer to stay in his room and build a model of a human foot than socialize. When bouncy-haired, mile-a-minute talker Quinny moves in next door and decides to befriend Hopper, however, he is basically powerless against her designs, and the two enjoy spending the summer together. When back-to-school time rolls around, Hopper abruptly ends the friendship, sure Quinny won’t want to spend time with him when she finds out what a loser he is at school. A bewildered Quinny reluctantly takes up with mean girl Victoria until a series of events lead her and Hopper to reestablish their friendship, this time stronger than ever. Quinny and Hopper take turns narrating their story, and although the maturity of their narration doesn’t quite match their young ages, the strength of their individual identities and their likability as characters override their occasional precocity. Hopper’s thoughtful and observant voice (about Victoria: “She acts like it costs her money to be nice to people, and she doesn’t think I’m worth it”) and Quinny’s lively and amusing one (“‘Didded is not a word,’ I inform my grimy little sister. ‘And put a shirt on, you chimpanzee'”), combined with the quick-paced plotting, make this an engaging page-turner. Judy Moody fans will have a ball with Quinny and Hopper, and elementary teachers or librarians looking for a spirited readaloud selection will want to pick up a copy as well.

Horn Book:
Quinny & Hopper by Adriana Brad Schanen; illus. by Greg Swearingen
Primary, Intermediate    Disney-Hyperion    234 pp.
6/14   978-1-4231-7829-3   $15.99

Quinny moves next door to Hopper in the summer before third grade, and the two couldn’t be more different. Quinny rivals Junie B. Jones in both volume and breeziness, and initially she is almost unbearable with her “smirky-smiling” and her “very, very, extra-very” cutesiness. However, the book works because Hopper, who alternates chapters with Quinny, feels the same way readers do. A quiet, analytical boy with bullying older brothers and no friends, he is initially baffled and a little appalled by Quinny’s loudness. But in battling the brothers on his behalf, she wins him over, and the two of them spend the summer trying to catch a needy chicken, until snooty new-girl Victoria barges her way between them. In this first novel, Schanen nicely balances the perspectives of Quinny and Hopper, so readers eventually begin to anticipate how each will respond and understand that both are working on the basis of the limited information they have. She also paints a comically exaggerated but essentially truthful picture of life with siblings, either on the bullied end or, as in Quinny’s case, being the one who’s sometimes mean to younger kids. Illustrator Swearingen does a great job depicting the emotions each child goes through, and the book’s ending is satisfying in itself while leaving room for sequels. SUSAN DOVE LEMPKE
(July/August 2014 Horn Book Magazine)

Reprinted from The Horn Book Magazine by permission of The Horn Book, Inc., www.hbook.com

School Library Journal:
Schanen, Adriana Brad. Quinny & Hopper. illus. by Greg Swearingen. 240p. ebook available. Hyperion. Jun. 2014. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9781423178293.

Gr 3-5–Eight-year-old Quinny reluctantly moves from New York City to the “middle of nowhere,” also known as Whisper Valley. On arrival, she decides that the new town and anything involving the new house are no fun. Longing for a new friend, she introduces herself to Hopper, the boy next store who “appears to be her size.” Hopper is a little leery about having a girl for a friend, yet he is enamored with Quinny’s big smile and “cheeks with holes.” When they get together, high jinks ensue. This likable twosome have endless adventures, such as trying to catch Freya, the chicken; climbing trees; and juggling. It isn’t until mean Victoria comes around spouting her rules for third grade that Quinny questions her friendship with Hopper. According to Victoria, boys play with boys and girls play with girls. Meanwhile, Hopper is dreading the prospect of returning to school for another friendless year. Little do the two know that school holds surprises for both of them. This is a delightful, amusing chapter book with lively, relatable characters. Black-and-white drawings add to the overall mood of the story. Fans of Sara Pennypacker’s Clementine and Judy Blume’s Super Fudge will flock to this entertaining chapter book.–Megan McGinnis, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY




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