The Bicycle Spy: 05/07/18
The Bicycle Spy by Yona Zeldis McDonough is set during the occupation of France. Marcel's parents run a bakery and he's asked to make deliveries from time to time on his beautiful green bike.
What Marcel wants to do more than anything is be a part of the Tour de France. Unfortunately there hasn't been one since the war started. He's stuck instead with recreating the best moments in his head while riding around on his bicycle.
It's in one of these trips that Marcel realizes his parents are more than bakers. Not only that, but they're using him and his bicycle to pass important messages.
The story itself is an interesting enough slice of life from a middle grade perspective. Unfortunately it's muddled up in a writing style that is awkward to read. Nearly every sentence is strung together with an excess of adjectives and adverts.