Benny J. & The Broken Bicycle Gang
It's tough for 11-year-old Benny J. to be the man of the house, when his mother insists he needs to be babysat by his 13-year-old bossy sister! After his parents divorce and he is forced to move to a new town, leaving behind his father, friends, and brand new bike. Maybe if he earns enough money to buy a bus ticket he can just go back home, but when that time comes, will he be able to leave? More
From the author of The Wishing Fields comes another heartwarming adventure! Benny J is prepared for the ultimate sucky summer. His parents have just divorced and he's sure he'll never see his father again since his father doesn't seem that interested in visiting him. The worst thing is Benny J and his mom and older sister had to move so his mom could get a job. It gets worse! Even though he's 11 and doesn't need a babysitter, his sister, Jemma is in charge of him, and boy, is she bossy! She's 13 and thinks she rules the world. Could it get worse for Benny J? YES! He is also stuck sharing a room with Jemma until they can afford to move to a bigger place. Benny J decides his only way out is to earn enough money so he can run away from home to live with his father. He gets a job at a bicycle repair shop and, with good used parts, builds his own bike. With the help of his 2 new friends, he just might win the bike competition and that would give him enough money for a bus ticket to his father's.