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The Great Pebble Creek Bike Race

by (author) Kathy Stinson

Publisher
James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
Initial publish date
Jan 1994
Category
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781550284430
    Publish Date
    Jan 1994
    List Price
    $8.95
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781550284423
    Publish Date
    Jan 1994
    List Price
    $8.95

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 6 to 13
  • Grade: 2 to 7
  • Reading age: 6 to 13

Description

Can Matt win first prize in the town's bike race? He thinks so. Not only is he fast, but he's sure he deserves the eighteen-speed mountain bike prize--his own bike is falling apart.
But Matt has a problem. Mike, David, and Amanda all think they can win too. Practising for the race seems to bring out the worst in everyone. Soon Matt and Mike are barely speaking. Can Matt stay friends with the others after the race is over? If he loses, will he want to?
The Great Pebble Creek Bike Race is a fast-paced story about friendship and about the limits of good-natured competition.

About the author

Kathy Stinson is a familiar name in children’s literature. She wrote the award-winning Red is Best and Big or Little?—two of the first picture books for preschoolers in Canada. Both were a huge success and have since achieved international acclaim. Red is Best 25th Anniversary Edition was released in 2006 a newly illustrated Big or Little? was published in 2009. Kathy’s latest book, The Man with the Violin (2013), was greeted with rave reviews, including starred reviews in Kirkus and uill & uire. Illustrated by Duan Petricic, this beautifully evocative picture book tells the true story of world-renowned violinist, Joshua Bell, who conducted an experiment by anonymously playing his priceless violin in the Washington D.C. subway station. Kathy grew up in Toronto. “My love affair with books began as a child,” she says. “I remember regular visits to the library, getting stacks of books to read.” She still has a notebook of stories that she wrote when she was in grade four. She believes that reading a lot is the key to becoming a good writer. In the early 1970s Kathy attended university while teaching elementary school. In 1981, she took a course called “How to write and get published.” The titles she has published in the years since range from picture books to young adult novels, from historical fiction chapter books to short stories in the horror genre. 2008 sees the publication of her first brand-new picture book in sixteen years! Kathy enjoys visiting schools across Canada, and especially talking with fellow writers. In 1987 she traveled to England as part of an exchange of Canadian and British children’s authors. She has helped students across Canada pursue their own creative projects through the Writers in Electronic Residence program, and in many communities has conducted writing workshops for children and for adults. When she’s not busy writing or reading, Kathy is a self-proclaimed jigsaw puzzle addict. Her children now grown, she lives with her partner, editor Peter Carver, in a hamlet not far from Guelph, Ontario.

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Awards

  • Winner, Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice Selection

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