Children's Literature - Cindy L. CarolanJaime's favorite pastime is riding his bike; he also uses it to deliver papers for his part-time job. But Jaime's bike is falling apart and while he would love to buy a new racing bike, his large family cannot afford it. Unfortunately, neither can he! One day a mysterious e-mail arrives, leading him to an advertisement for a second-hand bike that he can afford and that would be perfect for him. It could not have been more timely, as the big town bike race is soon to be upon them. But when Jaime's bike is stolen, it appears that he is out of the race. Or is he? Simple pen-and-ink illustrations accompany the no more than six-page-apiece chapters. Along with the often found glossary, Internet sites, and suggestions for further reading are discussion questions and writing prompts that would be useful in an Accelerated Reader-type of program. A believable and resonant portrayal of a brother and sister relationship, conflict resolution and goal settingall are topics examined in this chapter book that is perfectly appropriate for the intended age level. The author and illustrator both live in England. Recommended.
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