Crunch

Dewey Marriss is stuck in the middle of a crunch. He never guessed that the gas pumps would run dry the same week he promised to manage the family’s bicycle repair business. Suddenly everyone needs a bike and nobody wants to wait. Dewey’s parents are stranded far to the north with an empty fuel tank and no way home. It’s up to Dewey and his older sister, Lil to take care oftheir siblings and run the Bike Barn where business gets crazier everyday. Then parts start to go missing from the shop and Dewey is sure he knows who is responsible...or does he?

“Connor keeps things moving merrily along...readers will enjoy going along for the (brisk) ride. Characters are colorful but believable, dialogue crisp and amusing. The New England setting is attractively realized....the whole family is so engaging. Charming and original." ~ Kirkus (starred)

“The element of uncertainty keeps the pages turning while Connor addresses a timely issue--America’s dependence on fossil fuels--that will provoke classroom discussion and invite further reading.” ~Booklist


HarperCollins, Katherine Tegen Books. March, 2010. Middle grade novel. ISBN:978-0-06-169229-1

~ New England Children’s Booksellers Advisory Council Top Ten Pick Middle Grade Book
~ Kirkus Best Books of 2010
~ New York Public Library’s 2010 “One Hundred Titles for Reading and Sharing”
~ Smithsonian Best Books 2010

Nominated for:
~ Young Hoosier Book Award
~ Oklahoma Sequoyah Book Award
~ Georgia Book Awards
~ Washington Post’s Kid’s Post Summer Book Shelf, 2012

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