Illustrator: Violet Lemay
Series: Shred Girls #1
Published by Rodale Kids on May 7, 2019
Genres: Middle Grade, Contemporary
Source: The Publisher
My content rating: MG (No questionable content)
An empowering new series from the cyclist who runs Shred-Girls.com is guaranteed to give readers an adrenaline rush--and the confidence girls gain from participating in sports!
It's time to ride and save the day!
Lindsay can't wait to spend her summer break reading comics and watching superhero movies--until she finds out she'll be moving in with her weird older cousin Phoebe instead. And Phoebe has big plans for Lindsay: a BMX class at her bike park with cool-girl Jen and perfectionist Ali.
Lindsay's summer of learning awesome BMX tricks with new friends and a new bike turns out to be more epic than any comic book--and it's all leading up to a jumping competition.
But some of the biker boys don't think girls should be allowed to compete in BMX. Now it's up to Lindsay, Jen, and Ali to win the competition and prove that anyone can be great at BMX.
Girl Power at its best! Shred Girls follows Lindsay as she goes from shy superhero wannabe to BMX biker extraordinaire. Lindsay spends her time reading superhero comics and imagining a world where she defeats the supervillain, but in real life she feels like an outsider, never quite sure enough of herself to fit in. When her parents leave her with her older cousin Phoebe for the summer, Lindsay’s not sure what to think—after all, Phoebe’s always seemed like she’d fit the villain mold. But it turns out, Phoebe plans to teach Lindsay how to really fly—on a bike. Lindsay is both excited and nervous—but she might be even more terrified of making new friends. I loved that Lindsay gained confidence throughout the book, both in her riding and in her friendships. Neither subject was immediately easy for her, but she learned that, with a little persistence, she could be successful at both.
The book is charming, and will especially appeal to kids who have an interest in biking. Kids who don’t find BMX biking appealing might find themselves getting tired of some of the descriptions of the training—but they also might get excited about a sport they’d never considered before! And girls will be inspired to go after their dreams, which is always a win.
***Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***
About The Author
Molly Hurford is the author of four books on cycling, and a writer for Bicycling Magazine as well as many other fitness and outdoor publications. She’s the co-host of The Consummate Athlete Podcast, creator of TheOutdoorEdit.com, and a lover of all things bike-related. She spends her time traveling the world to find the best places to ride, race, and explore.