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Thursday, July 21, 2011



by Jennifer Bradbury
Atheneum, 2008
ISBN 9781416947325
254 pages

4 (out of 5) STARS

Plot Summary

Imagine you and your best friend head off on a cross-country bike trek.

Imagine that you get into a fight — the cheap s.o.b. won't kick in any cash.

Imagine you stop riding together.

Imagine you reach Seattle then come home alone, still p.o-ed.

Imagine the FBI is now at your college dorm.

Imagine finding out that your former best friend never made it home.

And imagine that he had actually been carrying over $20,000 in cash with him.

Imagine your world shifting....


Critical Evaluation

I found this book on the same list that I found the book Reality Check. Located here. Reality Check was okay, but Shift was wonderful! First, the idea of riding a bike cross country without any real plan sounds like a great adventure. Then having your friend totally disappear and then not reappear in time for college provided a very interesting mystery. This is one of the best mystery, but not scary, stories I have read in awhile.

Reader’s Annotation

Best friend Chris and Win go on a cross country bike ride. But only one returns.

Information about the author

"I grew up and attended college in Kentucky, and worked a few summers at a boy's camp in North Carolina. I met my husband there and we spent our honeymoon biking across the southern U.S. After that, we moved to Washington State, where I taught high school English for eight years. Most of my time was devoted to working with ninth-grade writers. Now, I'm a stay-at-home mom who manages to write a little every day (almost!) during my daughter's nap time." (http://cynthialeitichsmith.blogspot.com/2008/07/author-interview-jennifer-bradbury-on.html).



Curriculum Ties

This book would be great to use during a unit about character development especially when talking about perseverance. I could also be used in a P.E. or exercise unit.

Booktalking Ideas

Have you ever wanted to do some something physically challenging? Do you think you could bike across the whole country? What would you do if your best friend went missing?

Reading Level

Ages 12 to 17.

Challenge Issues


Why Included?

I included this book because it is a good suspenseful mystery, yet not scary. It is also a good coming-of-age story. I found this title on a list of good books for teens produced by my library.

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