Book Review: The Bicycle Spy

bicyclespy“Marcel loves riding his bicycle, whether he’s racing through the streets of his small town in France or making bread deliveries for his parents’ bakery. He dreams of someday competing in the Tour de France, the greatest bicycle race. But ever since Germany’s occupation of France began two years ago, in 1940, the race has been canceled. Now there are soldiers everywhere, interrupting Marcel’s rides with checkpoints and questioning.

Then Marcel learns two big secrets, and he realizes there are worse things about the war than a canceled race. When he later discovers that his friend’s entire family is in imminent danger, Marcel knows he can help — but it will involve taking a risky bicycle ride to pass along covert information. And when nothing ends up going according to plan, it’s up to him to keep pedaling and think quickly… because his friend, her family, and his own future hang in the balance.” (from Goodreads)

I’ve loved everything I’ve read by this author, so when my sisters brought this home from the library (and I suddenly remembered it was on my TBR XD), I was excited to read it. 😉

This book covers a time period in history I knew next to nothing about, so frankly–I was geeking out. 😀 1939 France in the “free zone”. Also, the Tour de France? Why have I not heard of this?? 😀 😀

Because this was packed with fascinating history, it was a little slow in spots, but the author did a good job keeping the historical facts mostly to some pretty cool appendices in the back.

Marcel was a nice, relatable character. I liked his ordinary bravery and his courage to push himself for the sake of others. Also, three cheers for a great relationship with his parents! And their delivery system they had worked out was amazing. (Sidenote: I want some of that spice cake.)

Best quote: “Dark came quickly, along with a cold and stinging rain. The bike he had traded for was not as good as his old bike, so he had trouble maneuvering over some of the rougher patches. Still, Tour de France riders didn’t stop for rain, and neither did he.”

Altogether, this was an interesting story of bravery, determination, and compassion. I hope this author writes more soon. 😉

(And that COVER!! <3)
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