Thursday, March 1, 2018

The Bicycle Spy by Yona Zeldis McDonough

I listened to the audio book of this story and it was very well done!  I enjoyed hearing the French words pronounced in French.  The book is set in France during World War II, which is a bit different setting for a middle grade book.  It follows twelve year old Marcel who rides his bicycle to deliver loaves of bread for his parents who run a bakery.  He dreams of riding in the Tour de France one day, but the race has been canceled due to the war.  As the German occupation increases, Marcel must bring gingerbread to bribe the soldiers guarding the bridge in order to pass by.  He soon learns that he is not only carrying bread.  When a new girl, Delphine joins his class in school, he finds that they both share a love of bicycles and the Tour de France.  She also has a big secret though and soon needs his help.  I think that middle grade readers will enjoy this book. 

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