The Bicycle Spy by Yona Zeldis McDonough

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McDonough’s third-person narrative tells Marcel’s story in simple, straightforward prose, seamlessly incorporating historical detail, including information about Marcel’s passion, the Tour de France. A fine story of war, friendship, and taking a stand against injustice.
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Marcel loves riding his bicycle, whether he's racing through the streets of his small town in France or making bread deliveries for his parents' bakery. He dreams of someday competing in the Tour de France, the greatest bicycle race. But ever since Germany's occupation of France began two years ago, in 1940, the race has been canceled. Now there are soldiers everywhere, interrupting Marcel's rides with checkpoints and questioning.

Then Marcel learns two big secrets, and he realizes there are worse things about the war than a canceled race. When he later discovers that his friend's entire family is in imminent danger, Marcel knows he can help -- but it will involve taking a risky bicycle ride to pass along covert information. And when nothing ends up going according to plan, it's up to him to keep pedaling and think quickly... because his friend, her family, and his own future hang in the balance.
 

About Yona Zeldis McDonough

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Yona Zeldis McDonough is the author of many acclaimed children’s books, including The Dollhouse Magic. Born in Israel, Ms. McDonough grew up in the United States and now lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and their two children.Kimberly Bulcken Root has illustrated more than fifteen books for young readers, including Holt’s reissue of Understood Betsy. She lives in Quarryville, Pennsylvania.
 
Published September 27, 2016 by Scholastic Press. 213 pages
Genres: History, Sports & Outdoors, Travel, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Good
on Jun 22 2016

McDonough’s third-person narrative tells Marcel’s story in simple, straightforward prose, seamlessly incorporating historical detail, including information about Marcel’s passion, the Tour de France. A fine story of war, friendship, and taking a stand against injustice.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Jun 20 2017

Some narrative elements feel rushed, such as how quickly Marcel and Delphine disclose their families' secrets to each other, but readers should be riveted as Marcel encourages his parents to help Delphine's family escape and helps put a daring rescue into action.

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