By the award-winning author of Waiting for Normal and All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook, Leslie Connor. Muliple award winner: Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Book * Smithsonian Magazine Notable Book for Children * Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choice
Crunch asks: What might happen if the earth’s supply of gas runs out? It’s a perfect classroom read to spark discussions about energy conservation and the future of our planet.
Dewey Marriss is stuck in a crunch. He never guessed that the gas pumps would run dry the same week he promised to manage the family's bicycle-repair business. Suddenly everyone needs a bike. And nobody wants to wait.
Meanwhile, the crunch has stranded Dewey's parents far up north. It's up to Dewey and his older sister, Lil, to look after their younger siblings and run the bike shop all on their own. To top things off, Dewey discovers that bike parts are missing from the shop. He's sure he knows who's responsible—or does he? Will exposing the thief only make more trouble for Dewey and his siblings?
“Charming and original.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
In Connor's (Waiting for Normal) lighthearted yet realistic fourth novel, the Marriss family's five siblings are used to being self-sufficient. They live in the small town of Rocky Shores where they grow fruits and vegetables, have a few goats and chickens, and run the Marriss Bike Barn repair shop. It's a carefree summer until a gas shortage hits and their parents get stuck on the road, leaving 14-year-old Dewey and his older sister, Lil, to manage their contrary brother Vince, the five-year-old twins, their crabby neighbor, and the increase in demand for bike repairs all on their own. "I felt a sense of something freedom or ownership. I liked it. But already I was thinking that I wasn't sure how long I wanted it to last," says Dewey. The pair slowly becomes overwhelmed and concerned as a result of the imminent grocery paucity and an increasing number of bike thieves. Connor paints an optimistic, mildly cartoonish, and endearing picture of a do-it-yourself family who discovers the power of collaboration. Ages 10 up.