Crunch

Crunch

Book - 2010 | 1st ed.
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The oldest Marriss brother, fourteen-year-old Dewey, attempts to be the "embodiment of responsibility" as he juggles the management of the family's bicycle repair business while sharing the household and farm duties with his siblings after a sudden energy crisis strands their parents far from home.
Publisher: New York : Katherine Tegen Books, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780061692338
0061692336
9780061692291
0061692298
Branch Call Number: J CONNOR
Characteristics: 330 p. ; 19 cm.

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muffinpopcorn
Aug 24, 2014

Excellent book ! Great story and hated to see it end it was such a delight to read. One thing after another happens and yet the kids handle it all superbly . Very caring family . Will definitely try other books by this Author and hope all as good as this one was .

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Jun 21, 2014

I want to read this book I heard its really good .I was wondering if this
author writes other amazing stories . I cant wait to read thank you for comments

layna14 Jun 11, 2013

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book!! <3 =) <3 =) Waiting for Normal is awesomesauce too. I own it. Leslie Connor is an amazing author! (Though I wish she would write sequels...)

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Dec 17, 2012

When I was a kid I was shown an episode of that old PBS show Signal where the scary British narrator imagined a world in which we lost all our power and had to return to the plow. I spent weeks imagining how I would get my family out to a friendly farm, where we could start our new lives together. Crunch follows similar ground, but won’t inspire the nightmares I suffered as a too-imaginative kiddo. This is going to sound bad, but Connor is one of the very few hope-infused middle grade authors I can stand to read. I think that’s because I believe in every word she writes. At this point, she’s poised to catch on big with the kids, but you have to get them to discover her first. I found that my children’s bookgroup went nuts for her Waiting for Normal when they read it for themselves. I can’t wait to lob Crunch at their noggins next. A book you shouldn’t miss.

GPLKids Jun 04, 2011

There is new meaning to summer vacation when fourteen year old Dewey’s trucker parents are stuck out of town because of a stop in the gasoline supply. Together with his two younger brothers and two little sisters, Dewey must try to keep things running smoothly at home until his parents can find a way to return.
The small bicycle repair shop operating out of his family’s barn becomes a booming business as local people search for alternative transport in the absence of gasoline for cars and trucks.
By focusing on his dad’s list of “Eight Rules” Dewey is able to solve problems, keep customers happy and manage the family business. When confronted with a crime, Dewey turns again to dad’s rules and finds a solution that makes winners of all.
This is a humorous coming-of-age story featuring a likeable protagonist, a well drawn setting and a contemporary problem that should get kids thinking!

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cindylouwho2
Dec 23, 2010

Great book to encourage problem solving, thinking outside our little worlds, and especially enlightening younger readers to environmental issues (the gas crisis).

MissAnnie Sep 07, 2010

A well written, entertaining book which is great for those who are ready for a change from witches and wizards and other such fantasies.
Due to an oil shortage a family of 5 children are left 'home alone' when their parents are stranded up North. As it turns out, these 5 are quite capable of running, not only, the household; but also, the family bicycle repair business.

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Dec 17, 2012

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 12

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Jul 19, 2012

estroebe thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and under

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Dec 17, 2012

My face ached in that about-to-start-crying sort of way.

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Dec 17, 2012

”Our work is our play," said Vince, with a raging lack of enthusiasm. He walked by me, no hands free, and stole a bit of the bagel I was holding.

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Dec 17, 2012

It doesn’t get much worse than this. You see every year Dewey’s parents go on a kind of pseudo-honeymoon to New England (his dad’s a trucker) leaving their sons Dewey and Vince and Angus and Eva (the five-year-old twins), with their eldest teen daughter Lil. Only this year, there was a snag. Due to forces beyond their control, the country is out of oil. No oil. Zip, zero, zilch. And as it happens, Dewey and his family happen to run the local bike repair shop. Now that all their neighbors are bike-bound, they’re getting some serious business. Dewey is dedicated to keeping the shop going, but that’s before he discovers there’s a thief stealing from it. Who’s the culprit? Is is someone they know? Worse still, the crises doesn’t look like it’s going to end anytime soon, mom and dad are halfway across the country, and the family is growing tense. Something, it’s clear, has gotta give.

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