The Bicycle Spy

The Bicycle Spy

By Yona Zeldis McDonough

New York:  Scholastic, 2016

Historical Fiction    193 pages     Grades 5 and Up

This is a great, quick and easy middle grade read!  This story takes place during WW II in a small French town called Aucoin, where Marcel and his parents lived and ran a bakery. Marcel loved school and the Tour de France, a famous bike race held every year in Paris. In fact, he would often ride his bike through town dreaming about one day being in that 7ba33f7282-e4b3-4410-9ebb-62037b5c5d0b7dimg400great race. This year, 1943, the race was canceled again due to the war. Although German soldiers occupied much of France Marcel’s little town was more neutral, in fact, some people were part of the French Resistance Movement. But you had to be careful because your friends or neighbors could be Nazi sympathizers.  Marcel attended school, rode his bike and often made deliveries for his parent’s bakery.  What he didn’t know was that some of his friends and family were in great danger and he might be the only one who could help them! This is a great book for younger middle school students as it will give them a perspective of on World War II that they might not be familiar with. A book of courage and friendship.

Yona Zeldis McDonough Website

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