Crunch by Leslie Connor

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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.

Meanwhile, the crunch has stranded Dewey's parents far up north with an empty fuel tank and no way home. It's up to Dewey and his older sister, Lil, to look after their younger siblings and run the bike shop all on their own.

Each day Dewey and his siblings feel their parents' absence more and more. The Marriss Bike Barn is busier than ever. And just when he is starting to feel crunched himself, Dewey discovers that bike parts are missing from the shop. He's sure he knows who's responsible—or does he? Will exposing the thief only make more trouble for Dewey and his siblings?

Award-winning author Leslie Connor has created another timely family story infused with humor and hope.


About Leslie Connor

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Leslie Connor grew up outside of Schenectady, New York, and frequently crossed Freeman's Bridge on her way into the city. Waiting for Normal was inspired by a not-at-all-glamorous lot on a corner. Leslie thinks of this story as a love letter back to the city of Schenectady. She is the author of the award-winning picture book Miss Bridie Chose a Shovel and Dead on Town Line, a young-adult novel in verse. She lives with her family in Connecticut.
Published March 13, 2010 by Katherine Tegen Books. 340 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Travel, Children's Books, Action & Adventure.

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Running their small family business, the Bike Barn, with his younger brother and helping older sister Lil look after the five-year-old twins keeps Dewey plenty busy, especially since the shortage means that more people are depending on their bicycles.

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As the highways clear, leaving quiet walkers and bikers traveling down the once busy lanes, a new value system emerges in which bikes are stolen, prices skyrocket, shoppers hoard what little remains on the shelves, businesses aren’t hiring and holders of precious gas ration cards are assaulted an...

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As this paper was making its way to the printer Tuesday night, the Sacramento City Council was still debating whether to support Mayor Kevin Johnson’s third bid to give himself (and his successors) more power.

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