In High Gear!

Overview

Martin Bridge returns for more slice-of-life adventures in the sixth book in this widely acclaimed chapter-book series. In the first story, Gibson -- who is a lot luckier than he deserves to be -- is in Martin's group for the science fair project. Everything comes easily to Gibson, while Martin and the rest of the group are working overtime. How far can Gibson's lucky streak go? In the second story, Martin's new bike is stolen -- and he'd only taken one ride! His Great Aunt Laverne, who's visiting, doesn't have a...
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Overview

Martin Bridge returns for more slice-of-life adventures in the sixth book in this widely acclaimed chapter-book series. In the first story, Gibson -- who is a lot luckier than he deserves to be -- is in Martin's group for the science fair project. Everything comes easily to Gibson, while Martin and the rest of the group are working overtime. How far can Gibson's lucky streak go? In the second story, Martin's new bike is stolen -- and he'd only taken one ride! His Great Aunt Laverne, who's visiting, doesn't have a lot of sympathy for Martin. She thinks kids these days are spoiled senseless. But Aunt Laverne makes a suggestion that helps a downcast Martin realize the importance of volunteering his time to help kids who aren't as lucky as he is. Join the freewheeling Martin Bridge as he gears up and down but always rides to a satisfying ending.
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Editorial Reviews

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... an accessible, realistic chapter-book series.

... a rewarding choice for young children beginning to read independently.

Children's Literature - Anita Barnes Lowen
Martin Bridge is back! This time, he is in two engaging stories. In the first, Mrs. Keenan has assigned Martin's class a science fair project. It is a group project and, to mix things up, she asks Gibson to work with Martin and his friends. Gibson is one of those kids who is just plain lucky. Here, his luck seems to be getting him out of doing any real work on the project. It is not fair! Is there anything Martin can do about a classmate who is not doing his share? In the second story, Martin finally gets a brand-new bike! Off to the grocery store on an errand for his mom, Martin comes out of the store to find that someone has cut the lock and stolen his bike. It is going to be a long time before there's enough money to buy another. Then his Mom learns about Recycle Bicycle; it is a program in which a retired police officer makes "new" bikes from the parts of old ones and gives them to kids from families in need. Martin volunteers to work with Mr. Darby if he will help Martin rebuild a bike of his own. But on the day his bike is ready, Martin is faced with a very tough decision. A wonderful addition to school and classroom libraries that is sure to be enjoyed by independent readers, this would be a great read-aloud for any class starting a group project! Illustrated with charcoal drawings. Reviewer: Anita Barnes Lowen
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... an accessible, realistic chapter-book series.
CM Magazine
... a rewarding choice for young children beginning to read independently.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554531578
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/28/2008
  • Series: Martin Bridge Ser.
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 289,680
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 700L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 8.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jessica Scott Kerrin is the author of the bestselling Martin Bridge series, inspired by the misadventures of her husband and son. Her first novel, Martin Bridge: Ready for Takeoff! was named an ALA Notable Children's Book and placed on the Horn Book Fanfare List. Kerrin grew up on the Canadian prairies, but now lives with her family and pet tortoise in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Joseph Kelly is a commercial and industrial artist. He is illustrator of the Martin Bridge series of chapter books and A Paddling of Ducks. He lives in Sonoma, California.

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