A #MiddleGrade SciFi novel that is part adventure, part mystery, and 100% fun to read.

Summary:

Because of a gasoline shortage, Dewey's parents are stuck in New England. That means Dewey (14) and his four siblings - Lil, Vince, and twins Angus and Eva - are going to have to run their parents' business, the Marriss Bike Barn. Good thing, because Bike Barn is getting more customers who need repairs!. So much so that Lil and Dewey recruit other people to help them keep pace with all the new business.

While business is booming, so is crime. Angus and Eva's bikes are stolen, then bikes and bike parts go missing from the shop. Dewey is determined to solve the mystery ... but he's going to need his siblings' help.


BTSYA / Teen Reader (13):
There are a lot of things I like about this book. One, I like how it shows the different personality traits. Dewey and his siblings showed responsibility because they had to take care of their house and manage the Bike Barn while their parents were away. Near the end of the story, Dewey demonstrates courage. He was able to get things back on track for the Bike Barn, even though the family and business were greatly affected by his dad’s accident. There are others, too. What I didn't like is the way some characters behaved. I could not understand Lil's reason for suddenly deciding to close the bike barn. It seemed too drastic compared to the rest of the story.

I would recommend this book for readers of all ages, and I would also recommend this to someone else as well.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

A little adventure, a lot of heart, a dash of mystery, and a pinch of science fiction! Readers who like realistic, fast-paced stories will find this a fun read.

Content Awareness Factors:

None noted.


Type of Book:
This is a story about a family facing challenges and coming together to resolve them.
Educational Themes:

As our reader noted, there are several honorable personality traits exhibited by the characters. Are there others that your readers would like to add?

The gas shortage - to the point of having NO petroleum anywhere - is the element that makes this story science fiction. What do your readers think? Is it more fiction than real? Do the characters seem more fantasy or more real to them?

Reading Level:
3.3
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
9 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age: 13
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. This is a fun read-aloud to share as a family read.

Title Crunch
Author Leslie Connor
Publisher Katherine Tegen Books, Imprint HarperCollins Publishers © 2012
ISBN 9780061692345
Material Paperback
Cost $6.99
Genres Family, Ecology | Environment, Jobs, Social Issues
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