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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  2,110 ratings  ·  414 reviews
Some friends fade away....Others disappear.
Imagine you and your best friend head out West on a cross-country bike trek.
Imagine that the two of you get into a fight -- and stop riding together.
Imagine you reach Seattle, go back home, start college.
Imagine you think your former best friend does too.
Imagine he doesn't.
Imagine your world shifting....
Shift is a tour de forc
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published May 20th 2008 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Hallie
Apr 10, 2012 Hallie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
I almost have a hard time believing that this was Bradbury's first book, when the second was Wrapped, which was a real let-down. Shift occasionally seemed a tiny bit unrealistic, with the two boys managing such emotional articulacy, but it was a great story well told. And - purely irrelevant but fun for me - one of my absolute favourite yarn companies is Beaverslide Dry Goods,, which is in Montana. I'd been looking at their colour cards dreaming of my next yarn order, and some of the names of co ...more
The Loft
Shifting gears isn’t as easy at you’d think. Sometimes the chain catches; other times the incline proves more challenging than anticipated. In Jennifer Bradbury’s psychological mystery, it’s a bit of both, metaphorically speaking.

Best friends Chris and Win embark on a bike trek across the country, from West Virginia to the coast of Washington. At least that’s the plan. They have just graduated from high school and are eager to test themselves and explore the world. That seems to be what Chris is
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Bobby
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Clay
Three and a half-stars. I liked this mystery/boy-finding-himself novel where college bound Chris's best friend Win vanishes on a summer cross country bike trip. Has a couple of stockish characters (the awful, overdetermined father and the FBI guy) and less would have been more in some of the weighty conversations toward the end, but I'll be looking for more from this author. Those in the book group: Could we talk about covers? This one sat in my pile too long because of the jacket. Didn't think ...more
Aaron
Chris and his best friend have decided to use the summer after their high school graduation to ride cross country from Virginia to Seattle by bike. It is their last hurrah before they have to settle down with school.

In alternating chapters, you learn that things didn't turn out quite as they had expected as Win disappears during their extended bike ride. Chris has settled down at college only to be faced with accusations that at the very least he knows where Win is and even some suspicions that
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David Taylor
I finished reading the book Shift by Jennifer Bradbury about two teenage boys who take a trip on two wheels across the country just after graduating high school. This was going to be their last adventure before heading off to college. Chris and Win have planed their whole trip out going all the way from East Coast to West Coast on bike. Chris’s parents are very worried about him, while Win’s parents feel like it is a good idea. The two boys head out on the adventure of a lifetime. Unexpectedly C ...more
Helen
I really enjoyed this book, with its combination of page-turning mystery, buddy story, and coming-of-age tale. I found the characters well-drawn and the dialogue authentic. Definitely an engaging read.
Gigi
I think that this is a great book about friendships and self-discovery. Chris and Win learn that though they have been friends their whole life, they ave outgrown each other. I have to admit to crying in several places at the end, when the whole story about Win leaving was disclosed to Chris. I understand how Chris felt, and I think that the author did a great job showing the eventual separation between the two boys. Overall, this book is a great short read, and I know that I will never forget i ...more
Bclement
"On my honor, I pledge that I have neither given nor received unauthorized help on this assignment nor have I presented someone else's work as my own."


I chose to read Shift by Jennifer Bradbury for my summer reading. Shiftis a coming of age novel about two best friends, Chris and Win, who take a cross country bike trip during the summer before college, starting in West Virginia and ending in Seatle where Win has an uncle. Chris and Win have been raised in two completely different atmospheres. Ch
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Lolene
I'm irritated with this book right now, so I shouldn't write a review. I just finished it, and I wanted to throw it across the room and maybe stomp on it just a little bit. This debut novel by Jennifer Bradbury is an award-winner, so who am I to give it only two stars? Because I'm wiser than all those critics who raved over it, evidently! It's too teen-angst ridden, too "I'm going to go on a long bike trip and find myself and define my relationship with my best friend who has jerks for parents a ...more
Tabitha Olson
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Erin
I'm giving this one star and I think that might be too generous. This story featured underdeveloped characters who apparently were quite stupid.
The story centers around two friends who go on a bike ride across the country. They split up and only one comes back. Then after telling his parents and his friend's parents what happened he goes back to normal life until an FBI agent shows up to question him on his friends disappearance. Apparently his friend's parents think he killed his friend or som
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Becky
It's yellow. There's a bicycle. The cover alone could never persuade me to pick this one up. Yet, I'm glad I did. Really glad. I enjoyed this one a great deal. I like the way this one is told. I like the story. I like the characters. I like satisfying nature of it all. She made me care. The story isn't traditionally told--it's revealed in bits and pieces. We'd have one chapter set in the present, the next chapter set in the past, etc. (This framework is a trend I'm seeing quite a bit of in my Cy ...more
Andy
Not having read a review or the dust jacket, I dove right into this book. I saw it listed on a library teen list of some sort, it was available, and so I checked it out of my public library.

At first, I thought the main characters, Chris and Win, were girls with guy names. The way they talked and behaved did not seem guy-like to me, and I never shook that initial feeling for a majority of the book. It annoyed me but not enough that I wanted to put the book down. I like the idea of a present tense
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Smart_chic
Best friends Chris and Winston take a cross-country bicycle ride from West Virginia to Washington State the summer after high school graduation. What is supposed to be one last adventure before they leave for different colleges turns into a mystery when only Chris returns home.

Chapters alternate between recounting the events of the trip and the investigation into Winston's disappearance. Chris soon realizes he is the prime supect and must do everything he can to find his friend.

Shift is an easy
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Krista
Among my favorite types of books are those about journeys. In this case, longtime high school buddies Chris and Win embark on a cross country bike trip during the summer after their senior year. Things get complicated when Win disappears by choice near the end of the journey. The narrative shifts between Chris's freshman year of college and the summer road trip, filling in the details of the dynamics of the friendship and the aftermath of Win's disappearance. We know fairly quickly where Win wen ...more
Alicia
This journey book was unique in that the journey is one of self-awareness, rebirth, and biking cross-country. Many would refer to this as a "boy book," but anyone can relate since the pressure Win feels from his parents and life isn't unique. So, Win and his friend Chris decide after their high school graduation to bike cross-country, but what Chris doesn't know is that Win has other plans-- plans that eventually lead the FBI to Chris' door.

A curt mystery wrapped up in a coming-of-age story and
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Hayden
This book is about these two dudes who graduate from high school and then spend the summer biking from West Virginia (where they live) out to Seattle. Along the way one of the dudes disappears, and his rich jerkbag dad sends a posse out to find him.

Meh. I really only enjoyed this book two stars' worth, but I think maybe it actually deserves 3. For a dudely book (or for any book really), it was pretty sappy. Actually, I might bump it up to four stars if I thought the author was TRYING to write a
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Ella Walker
I think the book Shift by Jennifer Bradbury, is a great mix of mystery and realistic fiction. The main character Christopher Collins is an 18 year old ordinary boy, who's summer has just ended. A week before his entry into university, he is informed that his best friend since sixth grade Winston, with whom he spent all summer, has gone missing. Chris was also the last to have seen him. With the F.B.I questioning him, and school coming up, Chris is in a heigh state of anxiety.
I recommend this boo
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Amir Morgan
Shift by Jennifer Bradbury is a realistic fiction novel, with a twist of suspense and mystery. A story about two teenage best friends becoming young adults in the hope of going on their last trip for their last time together for a while before separating into two different colleges; they plan on doing a biking cross-country trip, they'd really like to go because they hadn't done anything fun like this. Or at least what they believed would be fun. The story is told in cycled random chapters, that ...more
Randy
First-time novelist Jennifer Bradbury mixes mystery and coming-of-age in this story of two best friends, Chris and Winston, who graduate from high school and set out on a cross-country bike trip. You learn right away that only Chris makes it back. And Win? Missing or dead, no one knows for sure.

Win's Bradbury does a masterful job at showing the eroding relationship of the two boys as the trip progresses. Winston is especially memorable; he's the one who's always saying outrageous things or pushi
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Dave.
At first, this book felt like a captivating mystery. It was a real page-turner. That is, until you reach the ending of the book. For one, this book in the mystery genre, so your supposed to keep guessing where Win is, until you discover a surprising plot twist. But, the whole time you could figure he was alive, but there wasn't any slight evidence of where he was hiding until Chris, the main character, already figured it out. Not only that, but the ending was very unresolved. So Win's dad will ...more
Naseer Karim
Shift by Jennifer Bradbury was a very interesting book, dragged me in since page one. This book is about two teenagers going from high school to college at the end of the summer. They wanted to do something fun and be free at the same time. What they did was pedal there bikes across states for 2-3 months, to get to college.Over the time spent on the road they seen and met many people that were friendly towards them. Overall the trip was great until, you get to college and your best friend didn' ...more
Kim Lanza
I met Jennifer Bradbury at a National Project event. I think it was the Inservice Institute in MA but am not certain. When I saw the book propped up on a display in our middle school library, the name clicked and I decided I had to read it. This was another binge-read!

It is an adventure story with a fresh twist and a bit of mystery. I would definitely recommend this to middle school students - - I think it would even work for fifth graders.

A good read!
Frank
YA Book Club Book 3. I felt a bit deceived as it's billed as (and described to me as) something of a mystery. Not so much. It's basically a coming of age story of 2 high school friends on a cross-country bike trip. There's nothing wrong with that and there is some good insight into growing up and out of friendships. However, overall, the writing is nothing special particularly the dialogue which seemed inauthentic at times.
Tyrez
Shift by Jennifer Bradbury is a mystery book. Main character Chris and his friend Win both graduated and wanted to celebrate. Chris and his friend thought of going biking around the country over the summer. Chris came back but he does not know where he went. The F.B.I wanted to know and started to question him about what happened.

I liked the book. I like how they tried to explain everything to keep you from being lost. I don't think they grammar, punctuation or how they set things up was wrong
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Aphillips
enjoyed it immensely, great storytelling that kept my attention coupled with characters that i was able to identify with. Lovely imagery, mixed with humor and a lot of wide open space. Really refreshing read that left me itching to get on a bike and go ride somewhere new.
Joan
Chris and Win have been friends for years. To celebrate their graduation from high school, they go on a bike trip from West Virginia all the way to Seattle, Washington. Along the way Chris is aware of a secretiveness, and a strange change in Win's behavior. When the trip finally comes to an end, only Chris returns and Win is somehow missing. There are a lot of questions and very few answers. Where is Win?

This is a fast, fun, hard to put down book. While somewhat predictable, still a good mystery
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Kary
I LOVED this!! So much more than I could ever have expected! We bought this book a year ago for the middle school library and it has only circulated twice. I decided to give it a try, because it really sounded good, and see if I can get the kids to read it. Well, first I am going to move it from the realistic section and put it in the mystery section - what's more mysterious than your best friend ditching you on cross country bike ride with a secret stash of $20,000? I am so glad I picked this b ...more
Emma (Miss Print)
Chris didn't know what to expect when he and his best friend Win began their cross-country bike ride the summer after high school graduation. Chris had made all of the needed preparations from packing food to making sure his bicycle was balanced. He made sure Win did the same.

And most of the trip was everything Chris hoped it would be. More, even, than he could imagine when they started the trip in West Virginia.

Until everything started to go wrong.

Fast forward to the weeks after the trip:

After
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Jennifer Bradbury is an English teacher living in Burlington, Washington. She and her husband took a two-month long bicycling trek from Charleston, South Carolina, to Los Angeles, California for their honeymoon, changing more than fifty flat tires along the way. She was also a one-day winner of Jeopardy! Shift is her first novel.
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