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Grades 4 - 8Grade 5n/a4.733148
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.
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published on September 27, 2016 by Scholastic Press
ISBN-10: 0545850959
ISBN-13: 9780545850957
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  • lilybug47
    lilybug47Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 1:46 pm55 stars
    Marcel, a young bicycle enthusiast, lives in France during World War Two. He is asked to deliver a loaf of bread to his relatives, but soon finds out it is not just for the bread. His parents are part of the resistance, which means they help Jews escape from the nazis. A few days later a mysterious new student comes to school, and she lives to bike just like marcel. They are good friends, but something he doesn’t know can tear their relationship apart. I loved this book, and it always had me at the edge of my seat. I love learning about this time period, and I think the author did a great job!
    • booTuesday, June 12, 2018 at 9:55 pm
      I read this book this is a good adventure in the middle of town, good friendship, and no bad scenes, just some that are a bit scary.
      • awesome564
        awesome564Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 8:23 am55 stars
        I think that this book is REALLY awesome. It is very interesting and has you gripped until the very last word. I would recommend this book to anyone and every one if you are looking for a good book. There is never a boring moment in this entire book. 10 out of 101