This is a perfect middle-grade novel for both boys and girls. Featuring the antics of three boys who are best friends as they try to win a bicycle contest in 1964, the book is hilarious at times, but also has some subtle lessons to teach. It will beautifully show young readers today how integrity was developed during an era gone by.
Sandy Hill Day was held every September to celebrate the founding of the village. It was a call for community spirit, a day when the entire town came together. Each new year introduced a contest that enabled town residents to showcase the past, present, and future, and today’s contest was titled, “Bicycles.” First prize was $50, and in 1964, you could do a lot with that kind of money.
Eleven-year-old Tom has been dreaming of taking first place in the bike contest for months. Winning the grand prize would be the answer to his problem. With the help of his friends and several unexpected allies, Tom’s bike is ready to go. But, when Tom’s friends make a split-second decision that could nullify their qualifications for entering the contest, his dream begins to grow into a nightmare. His mother’s voice pops into his head, It’s not what you have that makes you rich, but what you do that lifts you up. Maybe winning the contest isn’t the answer to his problem?
|Publisher:||Front Porch Storytelling LLC|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.42(d)|
|Age Range:||7 - 12 Years|
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 One Person’s Trash is Another Person’s Treasure Chapter 2 Close Call Chapter 3 Snap! Clack! Pop! Chapter 4 Blue Goo Chapter 5 The Fix Chapter 6 A Race Against Time Chapter 7 Rules Are Rules Chapter 8 An Idea Chapter 9 It’s Show Time Chapter 10 The Challenge Chapter 11 Get Out of the Way Chapter 12 Something to Smile About Chapter 13 Chance of Rainbow Showers Chapter 14 Please Give a Warm Welcome Chapter 15 Drum Roll, Please Chapter 16 The Winner is… Chapter 17 Fist of Fifty Chapter 18 If Not You, Then Who? Chapter 19 It’s Our Secret Chapter 20 A Cloud of Fury Chapter 21 All Wet Chapter 22 Checkmate Chapter 23 What’s This All About? Chapter 24 A Tightly Knit Circle Chapter 25 Show the Love