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The Bicycle Spy Hardcover – September 27, 2016
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Gr 4–6—It is 1942 in German-occupied France. The Tour de France has been cancelled for the last two years, and Marcel, a young French boy, must keep two very big secrets: his parents are part of the resistance, and the new girl in town, a friend and fellow bicycle enthusiast, tells him that she is Jewish. Marcel must decide if he will help his new friend, even if it means putting his life and the lives of his parents at risk. This story takes readers on a historical adventure as they follow Marcel, astride his trusty bicycle, along the streets of German-occupied France. History seamlessly meets fiction as readers learn about a snippet of life in World War II Europe. Marcel is often frightened when he has to go through various checkpoints, where soldiers question his every move. However, he uses his love for cycling to get him through these dangerous times. The brief histories provided at the end of the story and the glossary of terms offer additional background and support for students just learning about this time period. VERDICT This would be a great resource in a World War II unit. Students will become engrossed in Marcel's exploits as he attempts to save his family from an awful fate.—Elizabeth Anne Ragain, Springfield Public Schools, MO
"A fine story of war, friendship, and taking a stand against injustice." -- Kirkus Reviews
"History seamlessly meets fiction as readers learn about a snippet of life in World War II Europe. ... Students will become engrossed in Marcel's exploits." -- School Library Journal
"Clearly written, suspenseful, and accessible to a younger audience ... An engaging story." -- Booklist
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