A determined 12-year-old girl bikes across the country in this quirky and charming debut middle grade novel.
Introverted Bicycle has lived most of her life at the Mostly Silent Monastery in Washington, D.C. When her guardian, Sister Wanda, announces that Bicycle is going to attend a camp where she will learn to make friends, Bicycle says no way and sets off on her bike for San Francisco to meet her idol, a famous cyclist, certain he will be her first true friend. Who knew that a ghost would haunt her handlebars and that she would have to contend with bike-hating dogs, a bike-loving horse, bike-crushing pigs, and a mysterious lady dressed in black. Over the uphills and downhills of her journey, Bicycle discovers that friends are not such a bad thing to have after all, and that a dozen cookies really can solve most problems.--from the publisher
320 pages 978-0823440078 Ages 8-12
I really wanted another bicycle adventure like Bradbury's Shift, and love the cover on this. It is, however, a fantasy book. Clutch, the bicycle, is sort of inhabited by a ghost. It also had a lot of very quirky characters and events. These don't do as well with my students, so perhaps this book would be more successful in an elementary school. I wish more students rode bikes-- they give children so much freedom, and it's good to see Bicycle enjoying this. The biking route is well explained and would be fun, if challenging, to do.
Recommended by: Karen Yingling, Library Media Specialist, Ohio USA
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