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Fiction Ages 12+
Pages: 136
Themes: bikes, crime, foster families, siblings, peer pressure, coercion
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/Mar/2014
Fry Reading Level: 2.9
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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?

CM Magazine
"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."
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"A realistic story that shows how easy it is for teenagers to fall into difficult situations."
Booklist Online
"With a slim size that’s perfect for struggling and reluctant readers, this is a suspenseful tale with a surprising twist and satisfying conclusion."
The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
"Will serve not only the hi-lo crowd but any YA reader looking for a lightning-paced super-quick pick."

Awards

CCBC Best Books  | 2014 | Commended
YALSA Quick Picks selection  | 2015 | Commended