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2015 Nominee
Voted 11 out of 20

Great Bike Rescue

By Hazel Hutchins. Published in 2013 by Orca

The summer is off to a lousy start when Levi’s bike is stolen from outside the corner store. He feels even worse because he didn’t lock it. But when his best friend Riley’s locked bike is stolen the very next day, the boys are determined to get both bikes back. Upon discovering there have been a string of bike thefts in the area, the friends hatch several plans to find the culprit. There are so many potential suspects—Steve Morrow and his gang, the tattooed guy who sits at the bus stop, the owners of the secondhand bike store. There’s also Emily Grimshaw, Levi’s childhood nemesis, who keeps popping up and showing a peculiar interest in the thefts. Does she really want to help or is she involved somehow? And will Levi and Riley ever see their beloved bikes again?

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8 thoughts on “Great Bike Rescue

  1. Hillurst School

    RMBA Book Review – The Great Bike Rescue By Hazel Hutchins

    The book is about two boys, Levi and Riley, who first find out that their bikes were missing. The first day, Levi found out. The next day, when they bumped into Emily Grimshaw, Levi’s nemesis, Riley’s bike also had disappeared. While they were talking, Levi, Riley and Emily saw Steve Morrow and his friends bullying other people. Then Levi had two suspects, Emily and Steve. There was also the tattooed guy and the owners of a second hand store. Levi thought that it was funny that Emily wanted to help Riley and Levi find their bikes. At the end, they find their bikes.

    Here are some reasons why I liked the book. My first reason is because I like mystery books and The Great Bike Rescue was a mystery book. The second reason is because of the suspects, and how Emily Grimshaw wanted to help. My final reason is because I thought that when they find Riley bike chain at Levi’s house. One thing the book could work on is maybe write a little on the culprits.This is why I liked The Great Bike Rescue.

    I would recommend The Great Bike Rescue. It is an interesting book. I think people could enjoy it at any age from grade 1-5. The book shows how kids talk, and how we would handle things. This is why I would recommend The Great Bike Rescue.

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  2. Hillhurst Community School

    Book Review – The Spotted Dog Last Seen – Jessica Scott Kerrin

    The Spotted Dog Last Seen talks about a boy named Derek who has to spend time at the old cemetery for community service. Except for the prologue, the beginning seems pretty normal for a grade 6 boy’s life. However, during the middle he and his friends start to find secret codes in some of the novels from the public library, and they follow the clues, to find a time capsule that relates and brings back memories of Derek’s past. Along the way, they meet people that might help solve a mystery, find an old locker, and come across a book about a spotted dog.
    I think that this book is meets it’s purpose of being a gripping mystery novel, that grabs the readers and makes them want to read to the end. The author does this by putting the answer/solution near the end of the book, so the reader doesn’t get bored because nothing interesting is going on. This book is a great example of a mystery book that will really get you thinking. I think all of the details add to the storyline, and that with every chapter, something new seems to happen, making the book so much better. In, my opinion the book is a little confusing at times, because there is always a change of events, but, overall it was a good book for me to read.
    I would recommend this book to people around grade 4-6 because I think the reading level is appropriate for this age group, and I think it will be more interesting for the readers this way. I probably wouldn’t recommend this book to younger readers or someone at a lower reading level because the book can get a little confusing at times, and there are a lot of details in the book so you kind of have to go back and look again to fully understand everything that is happening, which doesn’t make this book the best for young readers.

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  3. Hillhurst Community School

    Book Review – The Great Bike Rescue – By Hazel Hutchins

    The Great Bike Rescue tells about two best friends that get their bikes stolen. First Levi’s bike is stolen, and then the next day his best friend Riley’s bike is stolen as well, and they are determined to get them back from the thief. Steve Morrow and his “gang”, a tattoed guy that sits at the bus stop, Emily Grimshaw, and the owners of the second-hand bike store are all potential suspects. Levi thinks that it is suspicious that Emily show’s such interest in the thefts. Does she really want to help or is she involved? This book gets you thinking on every page.
    I think that the Great Bike Rescue is a good book that really grabs you. There are cliffhangers on many of the chapters, which just make you want to read on. The author writes a great book from something that happens in everyday life, just not to everybody. I think that this book has a lot of detail, and I can kind of make a vision in my head of what I read, which is always good in a book. With this book, you don’t know who stole the bikes until the end; the author makes it hard to figure out the mystery of who stole the bikes.
    I would recommend The Great Bike rescue to pretty much all the grades from grade three and up in elementary school, or people in grades 3-5, because the reading level isn’t very high, but there are still many details in the book, so I think this will be a good book for most people. I probably wouldn’t recommend this book to people any older than grade 6 because the reading level is kind of low for the level they prefer, and that it might be too easy, so I think people in grades 3-5 would probably enjoy the book most.

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  4. Hillhurst Community School

    Book Review – The Great Bike Rescue – By Hazel Hutchkins

    Are you a fan of bikes? How would you feel if your favorite bike is stolen? That’s just what happens in “The Great Bike Rescue”, written by Hazel Hutchkins. It is a chapter book about two friends, Levi and Riley, whose bikes were stolen. Determined to find their bikes, they worked hard to find the suspect. They put up posters, talked with the police, and worked through problems and obstacles to get their bikes back. It is a great book filled with suspense and offers entertainment for young readers who love adventures.

    As a fan of suspense stories, I find “The Great Bike Rescue” an interesting book with twisting plots, vivid and realistic characters, and simple but clever language. The author successfully created an adventure where two best friends had to use every possible clue and resource to locate their stolen bikes, and solve the mystery.

    Any great suspense novel has intriguing twists and turns, and this book is no exception. There are many suspects at first. The tattooed guy at the bus stop, the shady secondhand-bike store owner, Levi’s childhood nemesis, even his own dad! Everyone seems to have many reasons to be suspected, but after Levi and Riley’s detective-like thinking and examining, they all leave the suspect list. But the question still remains: where are their bikes, and who stole them?

    The characters in this book are created very realistic and believable. I feel like Levi could be my buddy talking to me. With detailed description of his innermost thoughts, doubts, and beliefs, Levi stands out as a trustworthy character that I feel attached to. For example, when a stranger found a bike with the same model as Levi’s, Levi was excited at first, but realized it wasn’t his. He thought: “I could take it if I wanted to. Even if it wasn’t mine. I was way more tempted than I wanted to admit. For the first time, I could see, just a little, how a person might think something should belong to them. But I shook my head.”

    Another reason I like this book is because the language is simple, and humorous at times. I think this is important because readers can follow the suspense as it develops quickly. The conversations and actions are written in a concise and fast-paced fashion, making my reading like watching a movie. This will attract many readers who are easily bored of long paragraphs of narration.

    To conclude, “The Great Bike Rescue” is an interesting book if you like adventures and explorations. Its well-developed plots, convincing characters and age-appropriate language make reading it enjoyable. I would highly recommend this book to any suspense-book fans.

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  5. Hillhurst School

    The Great Bike Rescue Book Review
    Michael
    The Great Bike Rescue is a suspense filled mystery novel. It is about two kids named Levi and Riley who got their bikes stolen. In the beginning when Levi and Riley bumped into Levi’s nemesis, Emily Grimshaw, and offered to help, Levi began to suspect her stealing his things again. Other than Emily, Levi had many other suspects. Levi and Riley did whatever they could to find their bikes.
    I personally enjoy reading books like this one because they make me think thoroughly and have to put together all the clues to find the solution. This book kept me reading till the end by including cliff-hangers at the end of chapters. I really wanted to finish the book because the author made me think from Levi’s perspective. As the owner of a lost bike, Levi desperately wanted his and Riley’s bikes back. I also think the author did a good job on putting such an interesting story in a thin novel.
    Another reason why I like this book is because it teaches readers many lessons. Here is an example: this book teaches readers to overcome their stereotypes and give others the opportunity to reprove themselves. For example, Levi had bad impression about Emily because of what Emily did to him when they were neighbors. But he chose to trust Emily and let her help them find their bikes. If he hadn’t done that, he and Riley might never get their bikes back. I am sure this book has many more lessons to learn, what lessons can you find?
    In conclusion, I really like this book because it is suspenseful and interesting. I will highly recommend this book to anyone who likes mysteries. I think grades 3-6 students will like it best because it is short and easy to read.

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  6. Hillhurst School

    Hello, I will be explaining why I will be voting for (and why I like) “The great bike recue” by Hazel Hutchins. I will be explaining why I like it, why I think the author wrote a great book, and this will also have lots of supporting evidence. First I will explain the summary of “The Great bike rescue”: There are two main characters, who are the main characters? their bikes get stolen and the two boys need to find out how to get it back. But on the way the pass through Memory lane, from when Emily Grimshaw would steal things from the two boys. Will they get their bikes back? Find out when you read the book.
    I will try as hard as I can to give supporting detail, and give background information. I will also be answering some of the following questions: Has the purpose of the book been achieved by the author? Is the treatment of the subject matter objective for the readers? What kind of data is used to support the author’s thesis (theme)? Is the writing style clear?
    I think the purpose of the book has been achieved by the author. I say this because the book implicitly shows you not to leave your bike unlocked anywhere, as it might get stolen forever. I also think the purpose is to show kids how two good friends can work together to solve mysteries. I think that the theme or subject of the book may be objective to some people’s point of view because maybe they do leave they’re bicycle unattended with no lock and it doesn’t get stolen or they fell safe doing it. I presume that the data that the author used came from when she was a child and her bike got stolen or that the data might have come from someone who wanted Hazel to write a book about his topic because one of their bikes got stolen or some other event happened that caused them to ask someone to write a story about that thesis. I very much think that this book showed that it was a junior novel. It showed that is a novel because of the format, there were paragraphs and Chapters. I also think I recognized it as a novel because of the large width.
    So I am basically saying that this book was a very excellent read, the purpose was shown, it got the point across, and showed the format that the author has written. To sum it all up, it was an amazing very well written novelization. I would recommend it to anyone because it was so well written, anyone can read it!

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  7. Hillhurst School

    The Great Bike Rescue
    By: Gilbert Yang
    The summer of Levi is off to a lousy start when his bike is stolen from outside the corner store. But when his friend Riley’s bike is stolen the very next day, they start to team up to find both bikes and get them back. The two boys have a bunch of suspects, which are Steve Morrow and his gang, the tattooed guy who sits at the bus stop, the owners of the secondhand-bike store. But are they really the real people who stole their bikes? There is all another suspect, which is Emily Grimshaw, Levi’s childhood nemesis (she stole things from him in the past) who keeps on popping up where ever they go and trying to get them to believe that she wants to help. Is she really trying to help or did she steal their bikes? Will the boys ever get to ride their loveable bikes again?
    I think The Great Bike Recuse should get the first place award in 2015’s RMBA because of its detail and how it easily hooks’ the reader’s attention.
    First of all, I think the author of The Great Bike Recuse put in a lot of detail which is great because I can fully get hold of the book and understand everything that is happening in it. It’s kind of like watching the whole story happening under your own eyes from bird eye’s view. I’m pretty sure that most people will agree with me that fully understanding is better than half understanding. Therefore, The Great Bike Recuse should get the RMBA prize because the book has a lot of detail.
    Second of all, The Great Bike Recuse is the best book because it hooks’ the reader’s attention perfectly, so I couldn’t stop reading the book until I finished the whole book. I like books that make you finish the book in one go because it’s hard to keep on reading a book when it doesn’t hook your attention even if the book has lots of detail. When I meet a book like that, I can’t finish the book, I can only read up to chapter three and then I put the book always. Many people also like to read book that catch their attention. All on all, The Great Bike Recuse is the best book to vote for because it perfectly catches the reader’s attention.
    In conclusion, The Great Bike Recuse is the best book in this year’s RMBA and should be awarded the prize because the book has great detail and excellently hooks’ the reader’s attention

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  8. Hillhurst School

    The Great Bike Rescue
    By: Gilbert Yang
    The summer of Levi is off to a lousy start when his bike is stolen from outside the corner store. But when his friend Riley’s bike is stolen the very next day, they start to team up to find both bikes and get them back. The two boys have a bunch of suspects, which are Steve Morrow and his gang, the tattooed guy who sits at the bus stop, the owners of the secondhand-bike store. But are they really the real people who stole their bikes? There is all another suspect, which is Emily Grimshaw, Levi’s childhood nemesis (she stole things from him in the past) who keeps on popping up where ever they go and trying to get them to believe that she wants to help. Is she really trying to help or did she steal their bikes? Will the boys ever get to ride their loveable bikes again?
    I think The Great Bike Recuse should get the first place award in 2015’s RMBA because of its detail and how it easily hooks’ the reader’s attention.
    First of all, I think the author of The Great Bike Recuse put in a lot of detail which is great because I can fully get hold of the book and understand everything that is happening in it. It’s kind of like watching the whole story happening under your own eyes from bird eye’s view. I’m pretty sure that most people will agree with me that fully understanding is better than half understanding. Therefore, The Great Bike Recuse should get the RMBA prize because the book has a lot of detail.
    Second of all, The Great Bike Rescue is the best book because it hooks’ the reader’s attention perfectly, so I couldn’t stop reading the book until I finished the whole book. I like books that make you finish the book in one go because it’s hard to keep on reading a book when it doesn’t hook your attention even if the book has lots of detail. When I meet a book like that, I can’t finish the book, I can only read up to chapter three and then I put the book always. Many people also like to read book that catch their attention. All on all, The Great Bike Recuse is the best book to vote for because it perfectly catches the reader’s attention.
    In conclusion, The Great Bike Recuse is the best book in this year’s RMBA and should be awarded the prize because the book has great detail and excellently hooks’ the reader’s attention

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