Thursday, July 29, 2010


This was a fun, straightforward chapter book for those under twelve. The story centers around a group of kids whose parents took a trip just before a massive gas shortage. Their parents are stranded out of town, and the children are left to fend for themselves, all while running the family business, a bike repair shop. Business at the Marriss Bike Barn is booming now, almost too much!

Like a combination of the Boxcar Children (absent parents) and Who Killed Cock Robin (environmentally driven plotline), but sometimes I felt as though the author was trying to tackle too many issues without satisfactorily resolving any of them.

I liked this quote...our protagonist is sitting up late with his youngest siblings waiting for his parents to finally arrive home:

p 263: "Bedtime caught up to Angus and Eva. Soon they were just staring. I'd watched them do this before--reach the end of the day with their eyes still open but with everything else all gone to sleep."

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