Steppin & Family

by Hope Newell
Rated 4.5 out of 5

Fun, Memorable Book

Rated 5 out of 5
August 10, 2020

The descriptions in this book are so fun, lively and detailed that they leave a lasting impression. Steppin is a likable character who matures from a boy who experiences several humorous mishaps, to a skilled dancer who has learned to stand up for others and sacrifice for those he loves. Some of the sub-stories in this book are just funny! I loved the description of summer camp and of Steppin’s antics in getting a piano moved through the streets of NYC so that he can surprise his sister. I highly recommend this book!

Danielle B


Rated 5 out of 5
July 4, 2020

This is a fun book about a boy who pursues his dream even among hardship and misadventure. It’s lighthearted at times and is just a fun read.

Linda L

Great Story on Not Giving up on your Dreams!

Rated 4 out of 5
June 12, 2020

This was a fun story that my family read as a read-aloud. My boys all really enjoyed the story of the boy who more than anything wanted to become a professional tap-dancer. It has messages of kindness, forgiveness, friendship, family, and on working hard to reach your dreams.

Lezlie-Anne I

Steppin's Adventures Make Me Smile

Rated 4 out of 5
May 26, 2020

I really enjoyed this book. Steppin has a wonderful family and friends who support him as he strives to achieve his goal of becoming a tap dancer. Hope Newell writes about dancing in a way you can almost hear the taps. His adventures are often heartwarming and funny. The book is relevant today, as families are still dealing with the same types of situations as found in the book.

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Level 8

As Steppin stood and read the familiar sign, he felt his heart pounding. At last, he was on the verge of his great adventure. A painted wooden hand attached to the sign pointed up to the second floor. Steppin stepped into the narrow hall and slowly climbed the bare creaky stairs. He drew a long breath and opened the door.

So began Steppin’s journey toward the life of his dreams. He knew he was born to dance, but to make that dream a reality and to truly be a great dancer, he was going to need lessons.

Filled with humorous adventures, heart-warming family love, hilarious mishaps, hard work, and determination, Steppin’s journey leads him to form many wonderful friendships and ultimately overcome the hurdles in his path in a way he never could have imagined.

178 pages

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