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Reviews
Bat and the Waiting Game by Elana K. Arnold
The Bicycle Spy by Yona Zeldis McDonough
Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli by Kyo Maclear and Julie Morstad
Canada and the Canadian Question by Goldwin Smith
Dear Mrs Bird by A.J. Pearce
Don't Cosplay with My Heart by Cecil Castellucci
Flo by Kyo Maclear and Jay Fleck
A Friendly Town That's Almost Always by the Ocean! by Kir Fox and M. Shelley Coats
Locke & Key, Volume 3: Crown of Shadows by Joe Hill
The Mad Apprentice by Django Wexler
The Mushroom Fan Club by Elise Gravel
My Little Pony: Micro-Series: #2: Rainbow Dash by Ryan K. Lindsay
My Little Pony: Micro-Series: #5: Pinkie Pie by Ted Anderson
The Night Garden by Polly Horvath
Not a Sound by Heather Gudenkauf
Ratscalibur by Josh Lieb
Rhymoceros by Janik Coat
Slider by Pete Hautman
Soupy Leaves Home by Cecil Castellucci
Sunny by Jason Reynolds
This is Paris by Miroslav Sasek
The Vanishing of Katharina Linden by Helen Grant

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April 2018 sources
April 2018 summary
It's Monday, What Are You Reading (May 07)
It's Monday, What Are You Reading (May 14) Reading Current

Road Essays
Getting there: it's the road, stupid
In the upside-down: the hobo life in Oz
Re-Mapping the road narrative project

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish


The Bicycle Spy: 05/07/18

The Bicycle Spy

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.

Two stars

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