NC Literary Hall of Fame



Peggy Noodle, Hula Hoop Queen by Dolly Dozier

Dolly R. Sickles
$7.99, paperback / $5.39, e-book
ISBN: 978-1-733448901
August, 2019
Children's: Historical Fiction
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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.

Dolly Dozier figured out early in life that having a good book meant never being bored. As a result, her fanciful mind, along with her love of storytelling, have given her wings to do, well...anything. Before she started writing books for young readers, she had a very interesting career in advertising and the performing arts. She is a big community volunteer and a firm believer that the world is what you make it. Dolly lives in the wilds of central North Carolina with her husband and son, and Magnolia May the beagle. When she's not writing or telling stories, she likes to spend time outdoors hiking, kayaking, gardening, and riding bikes with her boys.

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