Bike Thief

  • Pages:136
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Series: Orca Soundings
  • Themes:bikes, crime, foster families, siblings, peer pressure
  • Available:03/01/2014
  • Age Groups:Fiction Ages 12+
  • Reading Level:2.9
  • Lexile:HL520L
  • ATOS:3.6
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:Z+
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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?

This short novel is a high-interest, low-reading level book for teen readers who are building reading skills, want a quick read or say they don’t like to read!

"A highly engaging read [that] takes readers on a fast-paced journey through the criminal underworld of bike thieves. The plot, itself, is very believable as it shows the realities of human error and how one mistake has the potential to snowball into catastrophe...Feutl has created characters with which the reader can sympathize."
– CM: Canadian Review of Materials
"A realistic story that shows how easy it is for teenagers to fall into difficult situations."
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"With a slim size that’s perfect for struggling and reluctant readers, this is a suspenseful tale with a surprising twist and satisfying conclusion."

– Booklist
"Will serve not only the hi-lo crowd but any YA reader looking for a lightning-paced super-quick pick."
– The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Quick Picks   | 2015  |  Commended
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens   | 2014  |  Commended

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