Overview

Can Matt win first prize in the town's bike race? He thinks so. Not only is he fast, but he deserves the 18-speed mountain bike being given away. His own bike is falling apart! But Matt has a problem. His friends Mike, David, and Amanda all think they can win, too and practising for the race seems to bring out the worst in everyone. Soon Matt and Mike are barely speaking. Can Matt stay friends with the others after the race is over? If he ...
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The Great Bike Race

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Overview

Can Matt win first prize in the town's bike race? He thinks so. Not only is he fast, but he deserves the 18-speed mountain bike being given away. His own bike is falling apart! But Matt has a problem. His friends Mike, David, and Amanda all think they can win, too and practising for the race seems to bring out the worst in everyone. Soon Matt and Mike are barely speaking. Can Matt stay friends with the others after the race is over? If he loses, will he want to?

"An air of determined competition surrounded the racers. Matt leaned over his handlebars, ready for the 'Go'. Sweat trickled down the side of his face. He reached up to wipe it away. Bang!" [Fry Reading Level - 3.3]
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Cindy L. Carolan
Bikes are a great way for kids to get around—until they start falling apart! Matt knows this first hand, as his beat-up old bike is missing half a hand grip, the chrome is peeling, the seat is loose, and the chain keeps falling off. When he reads the advertisement for his town's centennial celebration he is jubilant; all he has to do is win the great bike race and a Supercycle Impulse FS-MTN will be his! That is, if nobody provides any competition! Matt, his old best friend, his new best friend, the new girl on the block (who happens to be deaf), and others will be put through many tests on the way to the race, challenging much more than their legs and cardio-vascular systems. Character development is fairly thin, but readers can take many positive points from the story; never assume anything about another person until you spend enough time to formulate your own opinions, "disabled" people are contenders and are often better "abled" than the rest of us, and that different does not mean bad, it just means different. This is the second book in a trilogy of stories set in Pebble Creek. The author lives in Ontario and has written a wide variety of books. Recommended.
CM: Canadian Review of Materials
"...Throughout the narrative, Stinson allows readers to observe demonstrations of loyalty and friendship as well as fun and competitiveness. Stinson beautifully captures the excitement and enthusiasm that takes place at a small town celebration and everyoneís involvement."
CM Magazine
"...Throughout the narrative, Stinson allows readers to observe demonstrations of loyalty and friendship as well as fun and competitiveness. Stinson beautifully captures the excitement and enthusiasm that takes place at a small town celebration and everyoneís involvement."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781459403970
  • Publisher: James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/1/2014
  • Series: Lorimer Streetlights
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 104
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • File size: 305 KB

Meet the Author

KATHY STINSON is one of Canada's foremost authors for young people. Over the past 25 years, she has published acclaimed books in virtually every genre, including Canadian classics such as Red is Best, Big or Little, The Bare Naked Book, and the Pebble Creek series, as well as more recent hits, including the Marie-Claire volumes in the best-selling Our Canadian Girl historical fiction series and the provocative young adult novel Becoming Ruby, which was nominated for a White Pine Award. Kathy lives in Rockwood, ON, with her partner, children's book editor and writing teacher, Peter Carver.

KATHY STINSON is one of Canada's foremost authors for young people. Over the past 25 years, she has published acclaimed books in virtually every genre, including Canadian classics such as Red is Best, Big or Little, The Bare Naked Book, and the Pebble Creek series, as well as more recent hits, including the Marie-Claire volumes in the best-selling Our Canadian Girl historical fiction series and the provocative young adult novel Becoming Ruby, which was nominated for a White Pine Award. Kathy lives in Rockwood, ON, with her partner, children's book editor and writing teacher, Peter Carver.
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