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 ChoiceCrunch asks What might happen if the earth s supply of gas runs out It s a perfect classroom read to spark discuBy 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 ChoiceCrunch 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 trouble for Dewey and his siblings Charming and original Kirkus Reviews starred review
Crunch 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

  • Title: Crunch
  • Author: Leslie Connor
  • ISBN: 9780061692345
  • Page: 318
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Crunch”

    1. Leslie Connor forgive me; I sometimes forget how awesome you are. It's nice to rely on an author. To know that you can trust them to write book after book that isn't crap. That's true on the adult side of things, but I feel it's particularly important to remind folks of this on the children's literary side as well. When a parent or a teacher or a librarian discovers a writer that fills a gap in their collection and fills it well, they're allowed to go a little nuts. I went a little nuts when I r [...]

    2. What if gasoline ran out? I mean RAN OUT? As in, you are stuck where ever your last tank took you? This is what happened to Dew's parents, and suddenly he and his siblings are on their own for the foreseeable future in a world where cars can no longer take you where you need to go.Luckily, they are a resourceful bunch - and Dew and his brother happen to have a knack for fixing bikes. In a world where cars are useless, bikes very quickly become a hot commodity. Between keeping the house running w [...]

    3. I truly enjoyed this book. Connor has created a very love-able character in Dewey. Dewey's not perfect but he's hard working and learns from his mistakes. The characters in Crunch are quirky and humorous providing for a fun read about a serious situation. I doubt that people in real life would adapt to gas pumps running dry as well as the characters in this book. However, one can hope.I have to admit that I did find Dewey's older sister Lil, to be rather bossy and somewhat annoying. Poor Dewey w [...]

    4. 25 January 2010 CRUNCH by Leslie Connor, HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books, Earth Day, 2010, 336p ISBN: 978-0-06-169229-1"Change it had to comeWe knew it all along"-- The Who, "Won't Get Fooled Again""The cost of making provision for rapid transit would, in 1955, be minimal in terms of the expressway's over-all cost: acquiring 240 feet of land instead of 200 feet and building heavier foundations would cost, for the whole eighty-five-mile length of the expressway, perhaps an extra $20,000,000. [...]

    5. I enjoyed so many things about this book - the whole idea of gas running out and everyone having to walk or bike really intrigued me. What would we do in "the crunch"? I thoroughly enjoyed the characters as well. Dewey Marriss is a young teen trying to run a bike shop while his mom and dad are stuck and can not get home because there is no gasoline. Dewey is clever and innovative - he is a true problem solver! I loved his spirit and his attitude - I think our young readers will enjoy this book. [...]

    6. While the fuel shortage premise might make this sound like a story that grapples with political and environmental issues, all of that takes a back seat to the story of how one family of kids manages on their own for a summer. With their parents stuck out of town without a way to get home, the kids have to decide how much responsibility to shoulder and how much they should "be the parents" (as Dewey and Lil say to each other). Throw in a little bit of a mystery, a cranky next-door neighbor, and a [...]

    7. 4.5 Saya senang sekali akhir-akhir ini banyak buku anak-anak/middle grade bagus yang saya baca. Crunch ini salah satunya.Crunch bercerita tentang anak-anak Marriss yang berusaha mandiri dan mengelola bengkel sepeda keluarga selama orang tua mereka stuck di suatu tempat karena bahan bakar habis dimana-mana. Enak kali ya kalau semua orang bepergian kemana-mana pakai sepeda onthel karena bahan bakar tidak tersedia dimana pun. Saya excited membayangkan di jalan-jalan enggak ada lagi suara hingar bin [...]

    8. I probably would have given this a 3.5 if that were an option. The basic plot of this book is that the five kids in the Marriss family (ranging in age from 5 to 18) are left home while their parents are away for an anniversary/work trip (their dad is a truck driver and their mom goes with him for a week-long trip). While their parents are gone, the gasoline supply becomes non-existent keeping the parents away from home even longer. Bikes become the main source of transportation for the family as [...]

    9. Blog Review: bcplreviews/2011/Rating: 3.5/5 StarsAudience: Middle Grade/TweenGenres: Realistic Fiction, Mystery, HumorSummary: With his parents stranded on the highway by a gas shortage, it is up to 14-year-old Dewey to keep the family bike repair business under control. But with cars out of commission and an influx of damaged bicycles, things get a little out of hand. Especially when items begin to mysteriously disappear from the shop. Plus, Dewey has to help his older sister and younger-by-a-y [...]

    10. Dewey Marriss is stuck. No one would have guessed that the oil wellswould run dry the week his parents went on their annual anniversarytrip. Now Dewey is stuck in the middle of the crunch, managing hisfamilies small bike shop. And with no fuel everyone is on their bikeand is having problems. To add to that, he and his older sister Lilhave to watch after their younger siblings. Week after week the BikeBarn becomes more and more crowded, and Dewey becomes aware that bikeparts are being stolen. Wit [...]

    11. I thought that the premise of this book was so clever - all of the gas pumps in the Northeastern U.S. are dry and those wishing for transportation must resort to walking or riding a bike. The visual imagery of highways abandoned by cars and trucks are now filled with orderly rows of pedestrians and cyclists; hence, the "Crunch". I enjoyed the ingenuity of Dewey Mariss and his siblings, living off their land, so to speak, having plenty of garden vegetables, fresh eggs and goat's milk to make due [...]

    12. Fourteen-year-old Dewey and his four siblings make do at home while their traveling parents are stuck far away due to a sudden, total fuel crisis. Eighteen-year-old artist Lil bears responsibility fairly well, even while managing to create an ambitious mural on the barn. Dewey and brother Vince handle the goat milking, egg collecting, and the family's modest bike repair shop located in the barn, while they all manage the five-year-old twins. I love the hobby farm setting in this timely story. An [...]

    13. Very timely. The pumps run dry at the beginning of the summer stranding Dewey's parents up in Maine with an empty fuel tank and no easy way to get home. Fortunately, the family fixes bikes on the side and suddenly people are beating a path to their door as bikes become a popular form of transportation; imagine bikes and pedestrians using the interstate. Dewey does his best to keep up with the demand for repairs but it starts to overwhelm him. Meanwhile, parts are disappearing from the workshop, [...]

    14. Five kids on their own after global oil shortage strands their parents two states away. Their little family bike repair shop is suddenly swamped with bikes to work on in this post oil world. Bikes take over the highway! (which is why I couldn't really file this one under dystopia). Yay! lots of talk of bike repair.Ok, by 'kids' I should clarify the oldest sister is 18 and the Marriss kids are a pretty capable lot. They aren't homeschooled but the way they pitch together and tackle things confide [...]

    15. When the Marriss family is separated by a modern day gas crunch, the oldest of five children must "be the parents" while mom and dad are stranded on the other side of the country. Lil, at eighteen, does a fair job of being mommy to the five-year-old twins while fourteen-year-old Dew and his mechanical genius brother Vince run the family bike repair shop. It isn't long, however, before Dew and Vince begin to feel overwhelmed. After all, when there is no gasoline at the pumps, what are people goin [...]

    16. Just when Dewy a 14 year old boy tells his parents he will be in charge of the Bike shop that his father runs his parents are stuck in a "crunch". There is no diesel fuel and everything is being rationed. His parents are stuck up north far from home. Dewy and his older sister Lil are in charge of taking care of their 5 year old twin siblings plus keeping everything afloat on the homefront. The bike shop becomes busier than ever and Dewy does not want to disappoint anyone and tries to do it all w [...]

    17. This book was about the kids are in a bike shop and they have to repaire bikes and sell bike and repaint them they try hard they suck seed on what they do. they where alone with there grandparent and there mom and are at a diffrent place and they or might not make it to where there kids are because all the gas stations have no more gas because of the health enspecter because they did not keep things clean and sanatized.The main charecter in lil and he is in charge of the bike shop. On of the guy [...]

    18. Crunch was an okay book, but nothing original or special, and the writing was incredibly choppy. The vocabulary was limited and the plot was extremely predictable. The only thing that saved this book for me was the well-written characters.

    19. Great on audio. The image of an autoless highway teamed with bikes and walkers sticks in my head.

    20. Aside from being a great family story and an interesting sort of gentle dystopia, this really made me want to pull my bike out of the spare room and get back to riding.

    21. Interesting premise, too wordy for ele too slow for middle. Do authors give ANY thought to intended audience?????

    22. Dystopian middle grade novel about an oil/fuel shortage. This book manages to foreshadow a likely future while simultaneously remembering an actual past. With his parents stranded and everyone turning to bicycles for their main mode of transportation, 14-yr-old Dewey is determined to keep his family's formerly-side business going.The middle of the novel is fueled by a mystery, which fits in seamlessly. Several red-herring suspects will have readers debating the outcome and flying through the pag [...]

    23. My family made me stop reading it to them. It's sort of a "day in the life" kind of book based on a very boring life. We made it almost halfway through, waiting for some sort of cool or interesting plot twist but there wasn't one. Just day to day living. Plus, there are so many characters. I did my best to have 15 distinct voices, but it was pretty tough. Anyway, my family threatened to boycott our nighttime ritual of me reading aloud if I didn't pick another book.

    24. I loved it! So cute and clever and with nice twists and turns and some thrilling parts with tension and surpise and I was so impressed by this family. They didn't save the world but they worked so hard to survive, to love each other and to help their small part of the world. I loved the names of their dogs! And I now feel the urge to use my hands, to build something!

    25. I loved every minute of this book. Five siblings at home alone while their parents are stuck miles away due to a gas shortage. The best part about this book is that the siblings get along and actually like each other! The kids (ranging in age 5 to 18) encounter problems, but they handle them as a family. Upper elementary, lower middle school.

    26. I loved this book and spend hours imagining my life without a car. Best routes to get to work, grocery shopping, carting my kiddo around, etc. It sounded kind of nice, except for the sweating and beating down sun. Recommended for kids who bike and think outside the box.

    27. 328 pages. This is the story of a 14 year old. His dad can't drive his route because there is no gas available at any stations due to a gas shortage. It is a crunch. No it is boring. I read two chapters/ 12 pages and had to stop. Too boring. ZZZ! Skip this one.

    28. the story was really well written and smooth, but I hated most of what the main character did! he was so annoying! the book itself was pretty funny though, so.

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