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The Adventures of a Girl Called Bicycle
A Margaret Ferguson Book
by Christina Uss
Jonathan Bean, Illustrator

Reinforced | 320 pages | 51/2x81/4 | US$ 16.99
ISBN: 9780823440078 | 06-05-2018

Grade: FIFTH | Age: 8 to 12

Themes: Adventure, Acceptance & Belonging, Friendship, Coming of Age, Family & Relationships, Emotions & Feelings

About the Book

One girl, two bicycle wheels, and a four-thousand-mile journey to friendship . . . come together in this charming debut novel, the first book published by Margaret Ferguson Books at Holiday House.

Twelve-year-old Bicycle has lived at the Mostly Silent Monastery in Washington, D.C. for as long as she can remember, surrounded, mostly, by silence. Every time she meets other children, she’s astonished by how noisy they are—and can’t stop herself from pedaling away from them on her trusty bike, Clunk. Her guardian, Sister Wanda, decides to fix this friendship problem by sending Bicycle to a camp, where she’s guaranteed to make three friends. But Bicycle, an introvert and a loner, decides that if she must make a friend, she’ll do it her own way. Without telling Sister Wanda, she sets off with Clunk on a journey across the United States to attend the San Francisco Blessing of the Bicycles. There, she hopes to meet her idol, a famous cyclist, whom she is sure will become her first and best friend.

Bicycle expects pedaling across the country won’t be much harder than pedaling around the neighborhood—how steep can the Rocky Mountains really be? She has no way of knowing that she’ll end up with a ghost haunting her handlebars and have to contend with a bike-loving horse, bike-hating dogs, bike-crushing pigs, and a bike-stealing bandit.

Over the uphills and downhills of her journey, Bicycle discovers that friends are not such a bad thing to have after all, and that a dozen cookies really can solve most problems.

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Margaret Ferguson Books

Christina Uss has written about bicycling and travel for magazines and newspapers. The Adventures of a Girl Called Bicycle, her first novel, was inspired in part by her own experiences while biking across the United States, once widthwise and once lengthwise. She lives with her twins in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts. Visit her online at

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