Shift [NOOK Book]

Overview

Some friends fade away….Others disappear. Now in paperback, a riveting mystery that will “keep the pages turning” (Chris Crutcher, author of Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes).

Imagine you and your best friend head out West on a cross-country bike trek. Imagine that you get into a fight—the cheap SOB won’t kick in any cash—and you stop riding together. Imagine you reach Seattle, go home alone, and start college. Imagine you think your former best ...
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Overview

Some friends fade away….Others disappear. Now in paperback, a riveting mystery that will “keep the pages turning” (Chris Crutcher, author of Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes).

Imagine you and your best friend head out West on a cross-country bike trek. Imagine that you get into a fight—the cheap SOB won’t kick in any cash—and you stop riding together. Imagine you reach Seattle, go home alone, and start college. Imagine you think your former best friend does too. Imagine he didn’t, that he was carrying more than $20,000 in cash the whole trip, and that now the FBI is looking for him. Imagine your world shifting....

Shift is a breathtaking tour-de-force that explores the depths of loyalty and friendship—and the unknowable depths of another person.
 
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

For best friends Chris and Win, nothing could be more gratifying than a two-month-long cross-country bike trip following high school graduation. But when Win suddenly disappears somewhere in Montana, and Chris, the narrator, returns home alone to Virginia with only a hunch where his friend might be, Chris's once-firm grasp on reality slowly begins to weaken-especially when Win's overprotective, blowhard father launches an FBI investigation to track down his son. This debut novel transcends the run-of-the-mill alienated-teens-on-a-road-trip plot. While the boys meet interesting people and discover fascinating and gorgeously lonesome parts of the country, they also evolve in ways neither thought possible. Endowing both boys with a heavy dose of idealism, responsibility and self-preservation, Bradbury makes their growth feel genuine and even profound. Chris and readers are equally in the dark about Win's disappearance, making the mystery that much more exciting. Ages 12-up. (May)

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KLIATT - Myrna Marler
Reminiscent of Chris Crutcher's Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes or E. L. Konigsburg's Silent to the Bone, this book is a story of a boy going to extraordinary lengths to save a friend. It begins on a bike trip across America, taken by two recently graduated high schoolers, Chris and his best friend Win. They begin in Virginia and are supposed to end in Seattle before heading home on the bus. Yet in eastern Washington, Win ditches Chris and rides off into the sunset. Chris, angry and betrayed, rides the bus home alone and begins his first year of college. The problem is that Win's overbearing and incredibly powerful father, who never cared about Win when he was actually present, now thinks Chris knows Win's whereabouts. Chris is dogged by the unwanted attentions of this father, a Javert-like FBI agent breathing threats. Chapters alternate to tell the story of the bike trip and the mysterious secrets Chris uncovers about Win and to recount Chris's attempts to lead a normal college life while evading the FBI agent and deciphering the meaning of the cryptic postcards he keeps receiving. It takes him a while, but he finally realizes the postcards are from Win, and then he must deduce where Win is hiding and save him from discovery by said incredibly powerful father. Can he do it? Of course he can, and he matures in the process, too (surprise!). This is also another story of a teenage trip across the byways of America (a la Route 66); it contains lots of arcane lore about bike riding, and boys bonding. Reviewer: Myrna Marler
School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up- Best friends Chris and Win head out on a West Virginia to Washington State bicycle adventure after high school graduation, at the end of which Win disappears. Alternating chapters flash back to details of the trip, then forward to a private investigation instigated by Win's powerful father to uncover why his son told lies to Chris about an uncle in Seattle who doesn't exist, among other things. Little by little, Win's rich, domineering, and neglectful parents come more into focus, and it becomes evident that the teen needed to escape their iron rule. Win's father is sure Chris is keeping his son's whereabouts a secret. When Chris does figure out where his friend is hiding, everything comes together, as Win deflects his controlling father and sets out to make a life of his own. Chris is a well-drawn character, and readers will care about him. Win is naturally a puzzle-angry, and fighting to become himself. The story moves quickly and will easily draw in readers. Though appearing to be a mystery, it is actually a cross-country personal quest, built on vignettes of realistic encounters along the way, like Ellen Wittlinger's Zigzag (S & S, 2003).-Diane P. Tuccillo, Fort Collins Regional Library District, CO

Kirkus Reviews
A smart and moving coming-of-age story about two best friends, Chris and Win, who bicycle across the country the summer after high-school graduation. Things are beginning to shift in their relationship. Chris has always cut Win a lot of slack, knowing that his friend's tyrannical father misses no opportunity to belittle his son. But, geez, would it kill Win to help out with expenses? After all, it's not like he doesn't have the money; in fact, he's got thousands of dollars in cash hidden at the bottom of his pannier. Bradbury perfectly captures the spirit of a cross-country bike trip, alternating Chris's recollection of the trip itself with the fallout he experiences upon starting school, having finished the trek solo after Win unaccountably ditched him in Montana. This device ratchets up the suspense on both ends, keeping readers guessing along with Chris: Just what happened to Win? What will talking to the FBI agent Win's father has sicced on him mean to Win, to Chris, to what might be left of their friendship? Fresh, absorbing, compelling. (Fiction. YA)
From the Publisher
"This is great realistic mystery. Jennifer Bradbury tells a totally believable, totally engrossing story. You will keep the pages turning." — Chris Crutcher, the Margaret A. Edwards Award-winning author of Deadline and Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes

* "Bradbury's keen details about the bike trip, the places, the weather, the food, the camping, and the locals add wonderful texture to this exciting first nove."—Booklist, starred review

* "Bradbury's keen details about the bike trip, the places, the weather, the food, the camping, and the locals add wonderful texture to this exciting first nove."—Booklist, starred review

"Endowing both boys with a heavy dose of idealism, responsibility and self-preservation, Bradbury makes their growth feel genuine and even profound."—Publishers Weekly

"The journey [is] the kind of glorious, frustrating, life-changing experience that the boys had hoped and that readers will yearningly imagine....Readers will come for the thrill of the open road and stay for an authentic picture of a friendship between two young men about to tackle adulthood in very different ways."—The Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442420120
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 7/6/2010
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 144,379
  • Age range: 12 years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Jennifer Bradbury is the author of A Moment Comes, Wrapped, and her debut novel, Shift. Shift—which Kirkus Reviews gave a starred review, calling it “fresh, absorbing, compelling”—was picked as an ALA and a School Library Journal Best Book for Young Adults and is also on numerous state reading lists. A former English teacher and one-day Jeopardy! champ, she lives with her family in Burlington, Washington.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted February 23, 2010

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    A Shift from the Ordinary

    One trip, two lifelong childhood friends, the open road and their bikes...what could go wrong? Well apparently a lot. Chris and his best friend, Winston, decided that during their last summer together and as newly graduated seniors, they would use the opportunity to bike across the country from West Virginia to California. The reader doesn't start with the adventures that Win and Chris share on their incredible and crazy journey, the reader finds Chris during his first weeks of college, a week after the end of their cross country trip, under investigation. The reason for the investigation, the disappearance of Win.

    Shift is the first novel written by Jennifer Bradbury, a high-school English instructor from Burlington, Washington. Bradbury is able to take the characters of Chris and Win and place them with emotions, characteristics and even in depth personalities. Win is given a personality that makes a reader at times really enjoy him and what he says, but Bradbury is able to make the reader feel negatively toward him, with out losing the essence of who he truly is. Bradbury is able to travel through different time periods, such as from the past to the present, without losing the readers focus or understanding; I found that it was easy to stay connected with the plot without losing my place. Bradbury skips from the present to the past to show the events leading toward the current present; the adventures of the cross country trip to the first few weeks at college. She is able to weave into the story clues about the where abouts and possibilities that Win could be found at, using the past events of the trip along with current evidence found in the present: that only his best friend Chris can find. Throughout the novel Winston's dad appears questioning Chris and telling him about Winston's troubles and problems. The whole novel is centered around finding Win. The crux I believe is what Winston's dad tells Chris at a meeting at the dean's office at the university, "He enjoys his own antics but other people tend to tire pretty quickly of his little tricks." This is what holds the story together, because without this information Chris and the audience would begin to believe that Chris is dead and forgotten. But since this relates to a clue from Win himself sent to Chris mentioning of the word trick, he is able to piece the two together and understand who sent it to him.

    Over all I would truly recommend this work of literature to any young adult, simply because it is about young adults with the many troubles and pleasures that come with becoming one. It is also a great book for anyone who enjoys mysteries or puzzles, because of the unknown where abouts of Win and the clues he sends along the way to guide Chris to him. Other works I would recommend to be read along with this novel would be the Alex Rider Series.

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  • Posted August 19, 2010

    Shift

    Shift by Jennifer Bradbury

    Chris and Winston never imaged that riding their bikes from West Virginia to Seattle would end their friendship. According to Win, he has an uncle that lives in Seattle. And have plans on going to college after their summer bike road trip. Chris and Win have been best friends since third grade. Win's parents are very strict, indomitable, and rich. Chris's parents, on the other hand, are compassionate, loving people who think of Win as their other son. On their trip Win falls in love with a ranch they camped at and the people that owned it. Winston behaves oddly during their trip. At the end of the road trip Chris returns home without Win.


    On their way to Seattle Chris discovers twenty-thousand dollars in Win's bag but decides not to say anything to Win about it. Chris becomes very suspicious of Win's attitude. He can't imagine why Win didn't tell him about the money. Why would he need that much money and not tell his best friend about it? He was confused. When Chris returns back home without Win, he's life goes ballistic. Back at home the FBI agent Ward, constantly asks Chris about Win. Chris gets annoyed at Win's father because he believes that Chris is somehow responsible for Win's disappearance. Later Win receives a postcard from a suspicious name "Tricksey", when he realizes who Tricksey was he packed his bags and heads out to look for Win.

    While Win and Chris were in Montana they saw a coyote tearing out its prey's intestines; they took pictures of it. When they wanted to get a little closer the coyote saw them and then it started chasing them. The coyote eventually got tired of chasing Win and Chris and stopped. As the boys continued Chris got a flat tire, but Win didn't even bother to stop, and left Chris alone in Montana. Win ditched his long-time best friend and did not return for Chris.



    The author is trying to say that when people are friends for a long time and if one is comfortable with the friendship that doesn't mean the other person is comfortable also. In fact the other may be miserable. And whatever makes your best friend happy you should let them do that and not let you feel trapped with you. You sometimes need to let a friend go no matter how devastating it is for you. When Chris returned home he didn't feel like finding Win and asking him why he disappeared. He was angry. But it turned out that that disappearance was the best for their friendship.

    The author did an okay job. I wasn't too pleased with the book because I was expecting more excitement and more adventure. I would mostly recommend this book to teenagers. I think that it did have a good message. I didn't like some of the language in the book so therefore I give this book three stars. The author did a wonderful job describing the boy's adventure. If you like books about friendships and some adventure then this is a great book for you.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 8, 2010

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    Take a ride of your life.

    This novel is a strange story of a independence and loyalty to your best friend. 'Shift' is a book that tells the story of Chris Collins as he is in the present but it has him recolecting (is that a word) his cross-country bike trip with his best friend, Win. Win goes missing and Chris has to think back at all his good times on the trip and where his best friend might be. The book focuses on fiding yourself and knowing when to let go of something. A new beginning, so to speak. 'Shift' is a great novel for bike riders and teenagers because it has adventure and a more personal connection to its' characters than just a pure action book. It is a terrific traveling tale.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 21, 2009

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    Probably my favotire book!

    I JUST finished reading this book 1 minute ago! Shift is such a great story! It was so fun to read and the characters grow so much on you! You cant put it down because you REALLY wanna know what happens next! From start to finish, it was GREAT! Everyone should read this epic adventure ;)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 15, 2008

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    Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.com

    Chris and his friend, Win(ston), decide to embark on a cross country bike trip after they graduate high school. Their plan is to ride from their home in West Virginia to Seattle, Washington, where Win has an uncle. But in the end, only Chris returns to West Virginia a few weeks before he is to start at Georgia Tech.<BR/><BR/>Chris and Win have known each other since third grade and have been best friends since sixth grade. With the last names of Collins and Coggans, they were destined to know each other. But the bike trip might have been too much for the friendship to bear. Winston comes from a wealthy family where his father either ignores him or degrades him, and his mother is always off on some vacation or other. Win's father has pulled strings to ensure that Win has gained admittance to Dartmouth, the Alma Mater of generations of Coggans. Chris comes from a loving home where his father tells him to set a date to start the bike trip or he will forever regret not having done it.<BR/><BR/>During the trip, Chris notices aspects of Win that he never saw before. Most surprising is the almost twenty-thousand dollars that Win has buried inside his bike panniers. Win never tells Chris about the money, and so, respecting Win's privacy, Chris never asks. But this is only one of many instances on the journey that Chris realizes Win is hiding more than he lets on. <BR/><BR/>Upon return to normal life, Chris is visited by an FBI agent employed by Win's father. Threats are made by Mr. Coggans to find out where his son has gone. Everyone believes that Chris holds the answer to locating Win. But Chris is torn between what is expected of him and what he knows to be the right thing to do.<BR/><BR/>Ms. Bradbury is one of the bright new authors in the Class of 2008. Her story is fresh and keeps the reader curious until the end. The story is told in alternating chapters: one in the present and one during the bike journey. The alternating chapters keep the story flowing and the tension building until the revelation of what Chris finds out about Win.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2012

    Very engaging read

    We read this as a family with our 9 year old. The story was very engaging. It reminded me of how much people can change after high school and the importance of parent-child relationships.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 24, 2012

    Highly recommended!

    When i first got the book i was so excited because i had been counting down the days until it arrived. I loved it! I really liked how the author went back and forth between present day, in the story, and back when he was on the bike trip. I would definitely recommend this book to anybody!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    Average

    This book was often times predictable and boring. It was okay while it lasted, but to be honest, I didn't even finish it. Not worth the money.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2014

    Rose's Bio

    Name: Rose. Age: Looks 13 most of the time. Looks: Usually as a gray wolf pup, but as a human, has long light brown hair, chocolate brown eyes, short and skinny. Others: Has no boyfriend yet but is available. Usually has a forest green cloak on that is very warm. For anything else, just or you will find out leter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2014

    Huli bio

    Name: if youre blind and ya know it read the title... gender:&female. Shapeshift list: any animal. Note that humans are NOT animals so if you say that she wull turn into a dragon and youknowwhat. Personal: can get feisty but is mostly hyper. Looks: in her usual snow leopard form... well look it up on the internet! She has blue eyes. Ask for any other stuff.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2014

    Kathicas bio

    She is 17/or18. She has a slight green tinted skin and dark brown eyes. She can shape-shift into almost anything. Her hair is light brown and wavy. Sh does not like pistachio pudding ;|> and hse has no relatives.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2014

    Claw's bio

    Name- unknown, but he calls himself "Claws.." <p>
    Age- Looks to be about 25. <p>
    Looks- Has short, blonde hair, blue eyes, tan skin,pointed ears, has a scar around his left eye, looks strong enough to kill someone, has muscular legs. <p>
    Personality- A bit calm. <p>
    Gender- male <p>
    Friends- None. <p>
    Weapons- His claws. <p>
    Likes- meat. <p>
    Dislikes- People who hate him and clowns <p>
    I think that's it.......................................................

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2014

    Ginger

    Age:15 other:i am mixed with minx and kalila

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2014

    Kalithia's Bio

    Name: it hasn't quite settled yet. Something that sounds like Kalitha is bound to be close. <br> Age: sometimes she acts like she's a kid, and other times like she has the wisdom of an ancient. You decide. Looks about 17. <br> Personality: irripresible, unfigurable, and very hard to describe. Fun-loving, confident, sarcastic, very smart, talkitive, and amazing. <br> Apperance: Oh ya smart one, ask the shapeshifter that. :P if not told otherwise, assume she looks like this: chestnut hair that falls in waves around her shoulders, brilliant aquamarine eyes framed by dark lashes, a slight, agile build, fairly tan. <br> Other: Once called Lady Cryptic. Which fits her well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2014

    ~Fantasy Rp Shapeshifters Bios~

    ~Cordelia

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2014

    Great

    Very enticing and keeps you going till the very end

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2014

    Shift This book is about a kid in his 20¿s or 30¿s named criss.

    Shift
    This book is about a kid in his 20’s or 30’s named criss. He rides his bike in a race to Los Angeles. on the way his mom keeps calling and texting him because she is worried. The main reason why was so he would not get hurt. But on the way he ends up facing a lot of problems. One problem is that he tried to get a ride to a house to sleep but they took him the most of the way back to where he started. the main conflict of this book is to finish the race.
    Recommend
    I would recommend this book to someone who likes adventure and racing.
    The reason for adventure is because this book has a lot more adventure than you really think. I would also recommend this book to someone who likes racing because this whole book is about racing.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2013

    Amazing

    One of the best books I've ever read. I really like the author's writing style.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2013

    Love!

    I loved this book from beginning to end, it keeps you going you don't know what's going to happen next!

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  • Posted March 30, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    The book Shift is about Chris Collins, the main character, and W

    The book Shift is about Chris Collins, the main character, and Winston Coggans, another important character, taking a trek from their homes in West Virginia across the country to the Pacific Ocean on their bikes. However, at the same time in the book, the story tells of how Chris has to search for Winston, who has all of the sudden disappeared. This is a great story of how two best friends become separated in their friendship on a bike trek. I really liked how the story switched from Chris' present and how he tries to track down Winston to when Chris and Win were still making their trek across the United States. I disliked how although Chris and Winston were friends, they don't treat each other with the type of respect best friends should. This is a very well written book and I definitely recommend it to people of all ages.

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