It’s Bike to Work Week in BC! Bike to Work BC is a non-profit society that aims to create a future in which as many people as possible experience the joy of commuting to work—or school—by bicycle.
In celebration of Bike to Work Week, we put together a list of five great books that feature cycling.
Pedal It! How Bicycles are Changing the World by Michelle Mulder
Pedal It! celebrates the humble bicycle—from the very first boneshakers to the sleek racing bikes of today, from handlebars to spokes to gear sprockets—and shows you why and how bikes can make the world a better place. Not only can bikes be used to power computers and generators, they can also reduce pollution, promote wellness and get a package across a crowded city—fast! Informative but not didactic, Pedal It! encourages young readers to be part of the joy of cycling. This nonfiction book is part of the Orca Footprints series.
The Great Bike Rescue by Hazel Hutchins
The summer is off to a lousy start when Levi’s bike is stolen from outside the corner store. He feels even worse because he didn’t lock it. But when his best friend Riley’s locked bike is stolen the very next day, the boys are determined to get both of them back. When they discover there has been a string of bicycle thefts in the area, the friends hatch several plans to find the culprit. There are so many potential suspects—Steve Morrow and his gang, the tattooed guy who sits at the bus stop, the owners of the secondhand-bike store. There’s also Emily Grimshaw, Levi’s childhood nemesis, who keeps popping up and showing a peculiar interest in the thefts. Does she really want to help or is she involved somehow? And will Levi and Riley ever see their beloved bikes again?
Dead Run by Sean Rodman
Sam wants to win, no matter what it takes. Bicycle racing is his sport and he has a gift for it—but his attitude keeps getting in the way. After his teammates give up on him, Sam is offered a fresh opportunity. Viktor, an aging Olympic racer, will coach him and maybe give him what he needs to be a winner.
But there’s a catch: Sam has to work as a bike courier at Viktor’s company. The work is dangerous and intense, fighting traffic in the inner city to make deliveries at breakneck speeds. Then Sam is assigned by Viktor to the mysterious “dead run,” delivering untraceable packages for an unknown client. Soon Sam is racing away from the law—and risks losing everything.
Reckless by Lesley Choyce
Josh knows he’s riding recklessly when he knocks down the old man he suspects is the hermit of Loggerman Creek. But he is shocked when the hermit walks into the forest with his bike after the accident. Being without his beloved bike for a week motivates Josh to hike into the woods and confront the crazy old man. The hermit, Jonathan, has fixed Josh’s bike, and Josh learns that he has more in common with the old man than he ever imagined. When Jonathan needs help, Josh has to respect the old man’s choices in order to save his life.
Bike Thief by Rita Feutl
Nick just wants to replace the TV his sister accidentally broke before their foster parents find out. To repay the debt, the sixteen-year-old has to steal bikes, break them down and rebuild them to sell. But the debt and the violence keep growing. Even Nick’s own beloved fixed-gear bike—the fixie he built with his dad—is up for grabs. Should Nick recruit younger “runts” to do his dirty work? Should he find a way to give back the bike of the cute girl at the diner now that he sort of likes her? And how can Nick protect his little sister from the creepy guy with the shades?
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