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Wheelies of Justice


Bike Rider, a shadowy journey into the elementary world of a boy and his BMX. Michael Cycle (aka Mike Bike), a young pedaler with the purpose of protecting powerless students in a world of bullies who operate above the principal.
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Bike Rider, a shadowy journey into the elementary world of a boy and his BMX. Michael Cycle (aka Mike Bike), a young pedaler with the purpose of protecting powerless students in a world of bullies who operate above the principal.
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Children's Literature - Kathie M. Josephs
This story is about a boy and his talking bike and how he protects innocent students from bullies. When Michael arrives at school, he learns from Stephon that the school newspaper reporter is missing and he is going to have to find him. The reporter had told Stephon that he needed Michael to dig up information for him, but when they went to the computer they realized that the file that was need was protected by a ten-digit password. As the story progresses, the hints include some test scores, a football game, and how they crack the password using math. A lot of math information is used in the story. At the end of the book are two pages of mini biographies of the main characters and their backgrounds. The author and illustrator have their own page. The author includes questions and writing prompts and a wonderful glossary. I am glad this book was written in graphic form as graphic novels are perfect for a reluctant reader as well as an avid reader. Graphic novels are favorites of mine because the illustrations add so much interest to the story. Books like this are great in both school and home libraries and would also be good for home schooling reading. This is the first episode and I hope there will be many more to follow. Reviewer: Kathie M. Josephs
School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—Michael Cycle is the goofy star of Bike Rider (a play on the popular '80s television show Knight Rider). He resembles Michael Knight with his big hair and silly quips, and he solves mysteries with the aid of his talking BMX bike, C.A.T.T. and his friends. In this episode, he tries to find a missing reporter. The story is supplemented with character descriptions and a glossary. The premise depends largely on kids knowing what Knight Rider is and getting the joke. For those who don't understand, it reaches for wacky and falls short. The artwork is appropriately cartoonish with lots of colorful explosions but it can't overcome the shaky story. Fans of Knight Rider might pick up the book, but it's mostly forgettable.—Sadie Mattox, DeKalb County Public Library, Decatur, GA
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Meet the Author

Donald Lemke works as a children’s book editor. He has written dozens of all-age comics and children's books for Capstone, HarperCollins, Running Press, and more. Donald lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with his beautiful wife, Amy, toddling toddler, Cleo, and a not-so-golden retriever named Paulie.

Douglas Holgate is a freelance illustrator from Melbourne, Australia. His work has been published all around the world by Random House, Simon and Schuster, the "New Yorker" magazine, and Image Comics. His award-winning comic "Laika" appears in the acclaimed comic collection "Flight, Volume Two".

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