Bicycles–shiny, whizzing, wobbly bicycles–scare Julian more than lions or tigers. But how can he tell that to his best friend, Gloria? She can already ride with no hands. So instead of telling the truth, Julian makes up a little fib. And he almost gets away with it–until his fib backfires and Julian finds himself in the biggest, most confounding fix ever.
About the Author
ANN CAMERON is the author of fifteen books, including "The Stories Julian Tells," a JLG selections, and "The Secret Life of Amanda K. Woods," a National Book Award finalist. She grew up in a small town on a lake in northern Wisconsin--Rice Lake. she's lived for the past twenty years in a small town on a lake in the Guatemalan highlands. To write "Colibr"i, she traveled to many places in Guatemala where the book is set, crawled around in dark caves, including one where a real Mayan treasure had been found, and consulted Mayan calender diviners.
Bonnie Pryor's many notable picture books include The Porcupine Mouse, winner of the Irma Simonton Black Award. She lives in Gambier, Ohio.
Richard J. Powell is Associate Professor of Art History at Duke University. Dan Cameron is Editor of "Dancing at the Louvre" and Senior Curator at The New Museum of Contemporary Art. Ann Gibson is Associate Professor and Associate Director of Publications of the Humanities Institute at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. Thalia Gouma-Peterson is Professor of Art History and museum director at The College of Wooster. Patrick Hill is a doctoral candidate in the Program in American Culture at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Moira Roth is Trefethen Professor of Art History at Mills College. Michele Wallace is Associate Professor of English and Women's Studies at the City College of New York and the CUNY Graduate Center.
"Librarians wanting stories with black protagonists will especially welcome this."--Booklist.
"When his best friend, Gloria, gets a new bike, Julian (7) is dismayed: he doesn't want to learn to ride, because he's afraid of falling. In a satisfying conclusion, Julian gets his own bike as a reward for considerable labor, and then learns what fun it can be to ride. This is a perfectly constructed young reader, with neat turns in the plot, a loving family, and engaging dialogue."--(pointer) Kirkus.
“Cameron has done an excellent job of portraying children’s fears and their desire to hide them. . . . [A] superb choice for readers going from easy readers to chapter books.”–School Library Journal