Rld Without Oil novels for kids and teens These days dystopias are far grander They re all pseudo perfect societies or violent reality show offspring Books that actually deal about the nitty gritty details of things like running out of a basic necessity like nergy don t often happen unless the moon gets hit by a big old asteroid Life As We Knew It The Book with No Pictures etc or something There s something strangely uplifting in Connor s world Thend of the world may seemingly be at hand but humanity has taken it on the chin and simply adapted to a bike based Cosplay Deka, Vol. 3 economy There s a comfort in the law and order you find here Yes there s some low level theft and some distant violence but compared to the family dynamics and friendly neighbors not to mention the deliciously described food a child reading this book is going to come away from it with the understanding that as long as families stick togetherven horrible situations can be overcomeTo know the work of Leslie Connor is to know how well she writes for the 9 12 crowd She s amazing at it She just gets people Take for Baba Sali example this moment in the book when a guy the family has been helping appears on a Sunday to help them work and mentions how they never take any time off Dewey s brother Vincenters carrying milk buckets Our work is our play said Vince with a raging lack of Wax and Paper Workshop enthusiasm He walked by me no hands free and stole a bit of the bagel I was holding There are people who would give their right hands to write little family moments like that I should know I m one of them She s dead on with description too mentioning things like My face ached in that about to start crying sort of way Ain t a man woman or child alive who doesn t know something about thatI also love that this is anco friendly book in the best sense of the term Which is to say it doesn t take a gigantic message and bash you repeatedly over the head with it In 2009 that book was Operation Redwood by S Terrell French a book that would pair very well with this one This year it s Crunch I love that the story makes it clear that the crises here is due to politics Not geology That s hugely plausible It also means that the Alignment ending where the oil is restored is believable Otherwise you d have tond it with somebody discovering a new source of oil in the Gulf or something and nobody really wants to go that routeKids these days imagine me saying this with my old time granny voice with their ballet class and their soccer practice and their math club and all that stuff why they don t have time to be kids any do they I think this as I read this book and read about Dewey s dilemma Dewey is sort of a one of a kind hero in this tale because he willingly forces himself to work and work and overwork of his own volition He s about killing himself in the bike shop much like those kids who get overbooked with after school activities I think there s than one child out there who won t just see things from Dewey s point of view but will actively identify with his dilemma They may How to Disappear Completely even root for him to continueven as his family and friends urge him to let go a littleWhen I was a kid I was shown an Survival of the Fittest episode of that old PBS show Signal where the scary British narrator imagined a world in which we lost all our power and had to return to the plow I spent weeks imagining how I would get my family out to a friendly farm where we could start our new lives together Crunch follows similar ground but won t inspire the nightmares I suffered as a too imaginative kiddo This is going to sound bad but Connor is one of the very few hope infused middle grade authors I can stand to read I think that s because I believe invery word she writes At this point she s poised to catch on big with the kids but you have to get them to discover her first I found that my children s bookgroup went nuts for Waiting for Normal when they read it for themselves I can t wait to lob Crunch at their noggins next A book you shouldn t missFor ages 9 12 Why isn t this tagged often as SF It s totally What If we actually ran out of gasoline diesel to the point at which adul This is a good book with an interesting premise the gas shortage has turned into a complete unavailability of has turned into a complete unavailability of So bicycles are now the chief mode of transportation and the bike repair business is booming But the parents are stuck away from home so the kids have to manage on their own with the help of the community I am always struck by the ways Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom (Heroes in Training, especially American authors seem to find ways to get rid of the parents so that the kids have agency on their own I would have bet that this was an American bookven before I looked it up and found out
#that i am #I am Many of the Australian kids books keep the parents in the books In the Australian books the kids are allowed to try to solve their problems as much as possible themselves with the parents there for backup if needed In the American books most of the time the kids are left to solve the problems on their own often with help from others in the community but not usually the parents I am not sure what that says about the two mindsets It makes me feel that the Australian kids are trusted to venture out on their own as they are able The American kids aren t necessarily trusted to do so they are thrust into the necessity to do so by various circumstances Americans seem to Things Set Out To Find expect that the kids will make it through the problems largely on their own because they have to Aussie kids are allowed to make it on their own but support is there and given if it is needed What if gasoline ran out I mean RAN OUT As in you are stuck wherever your last tank took you This is what happened to Dew s parents and suddenly he and his siblings are on their own for the foreseeable future in a world where cars can no longer take you where you need to goLuckily they are a resourceful bunch and Dew and his brother happen to have a knack for fixing bikes In a world where cars are useless bikes very uickly become a hot commodity Between keeping the house running with his older sister and staying on top of a bike repair business that begins to boom Dew stays plenty busy as they wait for their parents to somehow make their way back homeThis was a smart story that I really njoyed Dew is a hard working but imperfect character who learns a lot through the course of the summer I loved the incredibly probable future and how people have to handle the complete upheaval that can result when just one small resource runs dry While it is absolutely a feel good story there are some tense moments and Dew has to deal with some frustration I fell for the whole thing a great read. 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 xposing the thief only make trouble for Dewey and his siblings“Charming and original” Kirkus Reviews starred revi. ,
I m not much of a middle grade reader but I saw the author at a conference and wanted to try one of her books This was The Golden Age extremelyngaging I loved the solution it wasn t too convenient or obvious Of all the things I read over break this was my favorite Dewey s father is a trucker and his mother goes once a year with him to celebrate their anniversary leaving Dewey and his two older and two younger brothers and sisters on their own The family also runs a bike repair business When there is suddenly no fuel available anywhere the mother and father get stuck in Canada and the bike repair business really takes off With the help of caring neighbors and friends as well as a young man Dewey befriends the children manage to take care of matters at home run a hugely su I truly njoyed this book Connor has created a very love able character in Dewey Dewey s not perfect but he s hard working and learns from his mistakes The characters in Crunch are uirky and humorous providing for a fun read about a serious situation I doubt that people in real life would adapt to gas pumps running dry as well as the characters in this book However one can hopeI have to admit that I did find Dewey s older sister Lil to be rather bossy and somewhat annoying Poor Dewey was doing all the work while she spent her days working on her art not that art isn t serious While Dewey did make mistakes and perhaps got in over his head he did remarkably well for a 14 year old child Meanwhile Lil was content to let Dewey shoulder all the work If if she was going to act in the place of their parents she could have done so with a little consistency and not just when it suited herAll in all I found this to be a feel good read that dealt with a serious situation in a humorous way It was a uick read and I didn t want to stop once I startedRecommended for 5th Grade and upMrs Archer s rating 4 12 of 5 While the fuel shortage premise might make this sound like a story that grapples with political and nvironmental issues all of that takes a back seat to the story of how one family of kids manages on their own for a summer With their parents stuck out of town without a way to get home the kids have to decide how much responsibility to shoulder and how much they should be the parents as Dewey and Lil say to ach other Throw in a littl I njoyed so many things about this book the whole idea of gas running out and That Loving Feeling everyone having to walk or bike really intrigued me What would we do in the crunch I thoroughlynjoyed the characters as well Dewey Marriss is a young teen trying to run a bike shop while his mom and dad are stuck and can not get home because there is no gasoline Dewey is clever and innovative he is a true problem solver I loved his spirit and his attitude I think our young readers will Daybreak Volume 3 enjoy this book It hasnough action to keep the reader moving and draws you in fast 25 January 2010 CRUNCH by Leslie Connor HarperCollinsKatherine Tegen Books Earth Day 2010 336p ISBN 978 0 06 169229 1 Change it had to comeWe knew it all along The Who Won t Get Fooled Again The cost of making provision for rapid transit would in 1955 be minimal in terms of the Undoing Gender expressway s over all cost acuiring 240 feet of land instead of 200 feet and building heavier foundations would cost for the wholeighty five mile length of the Alice (The Chronicles of Alice, expressway perhaps anxtra 20000000 The xpressway was going to cost 500000000 anyway For 20000000 for an increase in the cost of only 4 percent you could take the
Step That Would Insurethat would insure the xpressway would one day be able to fulfill the function for which it was being built Robert A Caro from his Pulitzer Prize winning THE POWER BROKER ROBERT MOSES AND THE FALL OF NEW YORK Knopf 1974 Caro was writing about the Long Island Expressway I recall it being somewhere around 1960 when on a Saturday afternoon my father
drove me up South Oyster Bay Road to take a lookme up South Oyster Bay Road to take a look were living in nearby Plainview at the time and work on the Expressway had just reached that point on its trek Marketing Warfare eastward All of the giant machines were parked below on the yet to be paved roadway for the weekend It was uite an impressive sight to the degree that I can well recall thatxperience so vividly a half century later I was born the same year as the LIE which came to be known as the World s Longest Parking Lot Robert Moses had had his way The land necessary for ventually providing rapid transit along the LIE was deliberately not acuired In THE POWER BROKER Caro notes how many communities in Brooklyn and ueens had developed in relationship to their proximity to subway stations People could choose to live where they were able to walk to and from the subway on workdays and real downtown areas developed As Caro proposed the development of suburban Long Island subway on workdays and real downtown areas developed As Caro proposed the development of suburban Long Island have volved ntirely differently if rapid transit stations had been built along those ighty five miles of the Long Island Expressway And we can only imagine if rapid transit had been built into the LIE how much petroleum would have been saved over these fifty five years that me and the LIE have now been around Try telling a pair of five year olds that you don t know when their mommy and daddy are coming home I I just really wanted them to come home now Angus said He blinked back tears W well how many days Eva wanted to know She was trying hard to suck it up tooLil suatted down arms wide Okay come here she said She gathered them in I know you miss them But you have Vince and Dew and me We re going to keep on taking good care of you And when there is Hearts and Bones (Hannah Trevor Trilogy, enough fuel again Mom and Dad will come straight home to us This is just some bad luck Nobody could have known But part of me was thinking that we should have known Or somebody should have In Leslie Connor s fun and provocative new book CRUNCH there isn t a fuel shortage going on There is no fuel period The five Marriss kids are home alone Dad is a trucker and Mom is with him because it is their annual workpleasure on the road anniversary celebration Now Mom and Dad are out of diesel and stuck up in Canada because gasoline and diesel fuel have run out Everywhere It being summer fourteen year old Dewey from whose point of view the story is told has already been busy at home working with brother Vince at the family bicycle repair business the side business his dad had started while the parents are gone To characterize the bicycle repair business as suddenly booming now now that there is no fuel is an understatement In fact it is becoming Dewey s life and obsession The highway is free of motor vehicles Walkers are over to the right using the slow lane and the fa. By the award winning author of Waiting for Normal and All Rise for the Honorable Perry T Cook Leslie Connor Muliple award winner Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Book Smithsonian Magazine Notable Book for Children Cooperative Children’s Book Center ChoiceCrunch asks What might happen if thearth’s supply of gas runs out It’s a perfect classroom read?. Stest bicyclists are utilizing the left hand passing lane No anchovies You ve got the wrong man I spell my name from The Further Adventures of Nick Danger No fuel also means no trucking of food or other goods which means that buying local is going to uickly become a way of life How bad and how uickly might this spiral out of control Dewey goes shopping with big sister Lil while Vince guards the bicycles outside She stood staring at the shelves then at other people s carts The look on her face was suddenly strange I think we should skip the list and just get what we can get she said And a lot of it What do you mean Let s just get to it she said She leaned toward me and spoke uietly Start picking things that we can store for a while Like that cheddar That was a good one Dew Now I was kind of creeped out This grocery run felt like a preemptive strike Imagine what all of this would be like in reality Think about where you live and what it would be like if you could suddenly only travel by foot or bicycle Or imagine what it would be like if we have warning than they have gotten in this rapidly intensifying story Consider how you might utilize your motor vehicles differently if supply concerns were to cause gasoline to rise to 6 per gallon 10 per gallon 15 per gallon or 20 per gallon Impossible you say Look at the rising price of gold and think about how many people would be involved in bidding up the price of gasoline than the price of gold If you could lock in say a thousand gallons of gasoline at near today s prices knowing that it would double in price over the next six months wouldn t you go to some lengths to do so yourself Which of course creates a self fulfilling prophesy What Nature is an Evil Bitch, or How Jared Learned to Stop Worrying and Let His Freak Flag Fly else might you do if you were faced with walking or bicycling from this point forward If you add in the cost of the fuel consumed atven 10 per gallon how much will it really be costing you for that Captive Spirit espresso or that pint of ice cream that you impulsively decide that you cannot do without and hop into the car for How about the cost of driving to the City for the day because you cannot be bothered with the inconvenience of sitting on the bus for all those hours of stops and then having to transfer to city buses to get to you destinations Might it be a good idea for us to begin changing our behaviors now rather than waiting for The Crunch to hit Don t it always seem to goThat you don t know what you ve gottill it s gone It IS a pain in the neck to take the bus I only do it some of the times that I go down to San Franciso or Oakland or San Jose It doesn t help that a decade ago Golden Gate Transitliminated the commute route that passed within a mile of my farm But if the alternatives were walking or bicycling sixty or miles Reading CRUNCH as we head for the fortieth anniversary of the first Earth Day I ve feeling like a failure My behavior my modeling and my advocacy have been so inconsistent I knew in the Seventies what was coming My good intentions have been there but the follow through hasn t been At least not Memories of a Non-Jewish Childhood enough to match the urgency of the problem I have never really treated it like the life and death situation that it will be for many It could all come to pass sooner rather than later Doing a uick check online I ve just found a CNN article from 2003 discussing how some Swedish scientists were saying that petroleum producing nations have wildly inflatedstimates of their reserves that petroleum production will peak in 2010 instead of 2050 as had once been predicted and that prices will thereafter begin to rise astronomically But irregardless of the xact timing the change it has to come We ve known it all along And after the past forty years I also know that government is not going to magically make it happen the past forty years I also know that government is not going to magically make it happen need to do it ourselves And so I will begin my morning with one little step and one promise for the day I ll make a list of verything lse I need to get done in town Where I M Heading For A Dental Check Up This I m heading for a dental check up this and promise myself that I ll not go running back to town again until I have another full list of rrands to accomplish One step at a timeRichie Partington MLISRichie s Picks Leslie Connor forgive me I sometimes forget how awesome you are It s nice to rely on an author To know that you can trust them to write book after book that isn t crap That s true on the adult side of things but I feel it s particularly important to remind folks of this on the children s literary side as well When a parent or a teacher or a librarian discovers a writer that fills a gap in their collection and fills it well they re allowed to go a little nuts I went a little nuts when I realized the sheer awesomeness of Leslie Connor for the first time I had loved her picture book Miss Bridie Chose a Shovel Sure Of course I did I m human I d missed her YA novel Dead on Town Line which I m now thinking I d kind of like to read But it was her middle grade book Waiting for Normal that convinced me of her brilliance Waiting for Normal A book that by all rights due to its premise and its title I should have hated on sight and yet I fell for it hook line and sinker Now Connor has settled a little thoroughly into the middle grade range and once she tries her hand at something new Every fiber in
#my being makes #being makes want to sell this to you as a post apocalyptic hellscape world without oil with a family tale right out of The Penderwicks That s not The Body on the Doorstep (Hardcastle Chaytor Mysteries, entirely accurate but if it gets you reading this book fantastic Whatever works man Whatever worksIt doesn t get much worse than this You seevery year Dewey s parents go on a kind of pseudo honeymoon to New England his dad s a trucker leaving their sons Dewey and Vince and Angus and Eva the five year old twins with their Limonada eldest teen daughter Lil Only this year there was a snag Due to forces beyond their control the country is out of oil No oil Zip zero zilch And as it happens Dewey and his family happen to run the local bike repair shop Now that all their neighbors are bike bound they re getting some serious business Dewey is dedicated to keeping the shop going but that s before he discovers there s a thief stealing from it Who s the culprit Is is someone they know Worse still the crises doesn t look like it s going tond anytime soon mom and dad are halfway across the country and the family is growing tense Something it s clear has gotta giveWe don t get as many realistic worst case scenario books for kids as you might think Back in the 70s when there was an actual oil shortage you couldn t throw a dart in a children s library without hitting about ten different futuristic In a Wo. ?to spark discussions about Le Bizzarre Avventure di JoJo - Golden Heart Golden Ring energy conservation and the future of our planetDewey Marriss is stuck in a crunch He never guessed that the gas pumps would run dry the same week he promised to manage the family's bicycle repair business Suddenlyveryone needs a bike And nobody wants to waitMeanwhile the crunch has stranded Dewey's parents far up north It's up. .