Zoe, Max and the Bicycle Bus
29 Sep. 2020
Paperback / softback
The sun is shining and today feels like an adventure, only one I can go on whenever I want because I have a bicycle and friends and a city just waiting to be explored.
With their new teacher's help, the kids in Class 5D ride to school together in a bicycle bus. Olivia can fix a puncture in two minutes and Max can ride on one wheel.
Lily wishes she wasn't quite so wobbly and Jordi's been waiting forever to ride on the road. Dylan has a speedy getaway from alley cats, Dabir's glad to be part of a group and Zoe's bike even has a name (Esmeralda). Everyone loves their new way of getting to school.
But there's a narrow stretch on Fishers Road with no white line to separate the cyclists from the local traffic, so Zoe and Max decide they need to make it right (even if that means breaking a few rules).
InformationBook Type: Junior Chapter
Age Group: 9 to 13 years
Traffic Lights: Green
Class Novel: Yes
Good Reads Rating: 5/5
Literary Rating: 5/5
Steven Herrick's verse novels are always an interesting and thought-provoking read. This, his latest, melds his love of cycling with the sense of independence, freedom and sustainability a bike gives, especially to the young.
The main protagonists are classmates in Year 5. With a range of cultures and backgrounds, not all are versed in the joy of riding a bike to school. A new pro bike teacher helps them understand how a bicycle can give them freedom and be a gateway to adventure. But first the basics: learning road rules, overcoming fears of cycling in traffic and most important of all, the willingness of parents to allow their offspring some independence.
A fabulous read, on a great subject, which is handled well. The author really understands the topic, accounting for all arguments against in a logical and discerning way. Riding a bike as a kid was fun. It's time we brought that carefree freedom back.
bike riding, primary school, road rules, discipline, freedom, independence
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