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Steven Herrick

From the master of free verse Steven Herrick comes this funny and uplifting middle-grade verse novel about a classroom of kids who get on their bikes to ride for change.
The sun is shining
and today feels like an adventure,
only one I can go on
whenever I want
because I have a bicycle
and friends
and a city
just waiting to be explored.

With their new teacher's help, the kids in Class 5D ride to school together in a bicycle bus. Olivia can fix a puncture in two minutes and Max can ride on one wheel. Lily wishes she wasn't quite so wobbly and Jordi's been waiting forever to ride on the road. Dylan has a speedy getaway from alley cats, Dabir's glad to be part of a groupand Zoe's bike even has a name (Esmeralda). Everyone loves their new way of getting to school.
But there's a narrow stretch on Fishers Road with no white line to separate the cyclists from the local traffic,so Zoe and Max decide they need to make it right (even if that means breaking a few rules).

Award-winning author Steven Herrick's latest verse novel is an ode to bike-riding, the environment and fixing the future.

Steven Herrick is the author of twenty-five books for children and young adults. His books have twice won the New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards and have been shortlisted for the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards on nine occasions. He is widely recognised as a pioneer of the verse-novel genre for young adults. He is also the author of six travel books. He spends nine months of the year visiting schools in Australia and three months on his bicycle, travelling around, pedalling slowly and thinking about his next book
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Published 2020-08-04 by UQP


Herrick homes in on the emotion of the moment and traps it like a bug in a jar.

Zoe, Max and the Bicycle Bus by Steven Herrick is on the 2021 Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Notables List for Younger Reader's Book of the Year.