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4.25 out of 54.25 out of 54.25 out of 54.25 out of 54.25 out of 5 4.25 (8 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Leslie Connor Narrator: Ramón de Ocampo Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2016 ISBN: 9781449840129
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ALA Schneider Family Book Award winner Leslie Connor infuses her timely family stories with humor and hope.

Dewey Marriss is stuck in a crunch. He never imagined America’s gas pumps would dry up the same week he promised to manage his family’s bicycle shop. Suddenly everyone wants a bike, and nobody wants to wait. With his parents stranded far from home, Dewey tries to keep up with his overwhelming responsibilities. Suddenly everyone needs a bike. And nobody wants to wait.

Meanwhile, the crunch has stranded Dewey’s parents far up north. It’s up to Dewey and his older sister, Lil, to look after their younger siblings and run the bike shop all on their own.To top things off, Dewey discovers that bike parts are missing from the shop. He’s sure he knows who’s responsible—or does he? Will exposing the thief only make more trouble for Dewey and his siblings?

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee Anne | 5/18/2011

    " A relatively light story dealing with issues of a major energy crisis. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 5/5/2011

    " Aside from being a great family story and an interesting sort of gentle dystopia, this really made me want to pull my bike out of the spare room and get back to riding. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 4/20/2011

    " I listened to 60% of the book on audio but got so impatient that I read the rest. :) The narrator did a fabulous job, though. I really enjoyed all of the characters. I would love to have Eva and Angus and Vince and Dewey in my family! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsay | 3/12/2011

    " A nice, rural family drama is the midst of a gasoline shortage. It drags a bit towards the end, but not enough to ruin the story or put the book down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 3/10/2011

    " Loved it! Loved the plot, the pacing and most of all -- the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 2/15/2011

    " Fun story with great characters and a good message. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 1/29/2011

    " What a "feel good" book! Neat family who have good friends who step up and help when there's a gas "crunch" that leads to WAY too much business in the family bike repair shop. Just a neat, good book!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 1/27/2011

    " Crunch explores the independence and determination of a teenager and how he balances a responsibility to his family with a demanding bike shop. "

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About the Author
Author Leslie Connor

Leslie Connor is the author of several award-winning books for children, including Waiting for Normal, winner of the ALA Schneider Family Book Award; Miss Bridie Chose a Shovel; Dead on Town Line, a young adult novel in verse; and Crunch. She lives with her family in Connecticut.

About the Narrator

Ramón de Ocampo has won nine AudioFile Earphones Awards for his audiobook narrations. A graduate of the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, he has been seen on television, film, and stages all over the world, including recurring roles on such television shows as The West Wing, 12 Monkeys, Sons of Anarchy, and Medium. He is the winner of a prestigious Obie Award for his stage work.