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Chasing Alliecat

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  99 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Dumped with relatives in a small Minnesota town for the summer, Sadie Lester is relying on her mountain bike to save her from total boredom. Then she meets Allie, a spiky-haired off-road mountain biker who's training for a major race. Allie leads Sadie and Joe, a cute fellow cyclist, up and down Mount Kato, and the three become close friends. But the exhilarating rush come...more
Paperback, 277 pages
Published February 8th 2011 by Flux (first published February 1st 2011)
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I can sum up Chasing AllieCat in three words: exciting, mysterious, and completely believable. Rebecca Fjelland Davis has taken a dull summer out in the boons and made it a life-changing experience for three teenagers.

Sadie is a fantastic narrator. The entire story is told from her first-person perspective, and we, the readers, do not lack for any visual descriptions or her opinions on what his happening - we are always in the know, although we don't know anything until Sadie does. One of the ch...more
Chasing AllieCat is an exciting story with lots of mystery and action--and great sports sequences! You get to know a wonderful group of characters and care for them--and fear for them. I loved it. Chasing AllieCat is a blood-pumping, heart-thumping ride!
Rebecca Fjelland Davis
One early reader says: "A good read for any age. Judy Blume meets Steig Larsson."

Here's the publisher's synopsis:
Sadie Lester has been dumped with relatives for the summer. Boredom seems inevitable in her small Minnesota town until she meets Allie—a spiky-haired off-road biker with incredible grace and speed. Training for the upcoming bike race, Allie leads Sadie and cute fellow cyclist Joe up and down Mount Kato—an exhilarating rush that pushes their limits. The fun ends abruptly when they str...more
Jan 15, 2011 Lauren rated it 5 of 5 stars
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It's as simple as this: Chasing AllieCat blew me away in the best way possible, and I have a very strong feeling it will do the same to many other YA book lovers out there, because this book simply has it all: strong characters, a mysterious plot that will keep the reader guessing to the very last page, romance, and plenty more!

Chasing AllieCat tells the story of Sadie, a girl who has officially been left in a Minnesota town along with her younger brother for the summer while their parents go to...more
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From the moment I read the synopsis, I knew I wanted to read Chasing Alliecat; the premise of the story intrigued me. However, I was a little iffy about the mountain biking, would I understand the terminology, would it keep my attention? I had nothing to worry about; Chasing Alliecat is one hard book to put down.

Sadie's parents have a troubled relationship; in order to reconnect they decided to work on a project together in Egypt. Sadie and her brother are sent to spend the summer with their ext...more
Laura (booksnob)
It is summer in Mankato, Minnesota and Sadie is stuck spending it with her Uncle Scout's family. Her only consolation is the mountain bike she brought with her and her goal to enter a race. Then she meets an unlikely friend named Allie and they begin a unique friendship racing through the woods on their bikes. Soon Joe enters Sadie and Allie's life. Joe just moved to Mankato for the summer and now lives in Uncle Scout's very crowded house. The three are fast friends and all begin training for a...more
In terms of realistic fiction, Chasing Alliecat was my first foray into this world in YA fiction. This book hooked its fingers into me and drew me into reading from the very first chapter. If this is what all realistic fiction is like, well please let me say that I'm more than happy to go find some more! I felt so invested in these characters that I loved every minute of this book. Absolutely amazing.

If you are the type of reader who wants their characters to be well developed and drive the plot...more
Reading Teen (Andye)
I'm going to be honest, when I first heard that this book was about teens who mountain bike I was skeptical. But, I was wrong. Although I did think it was a little convenient that the only other girl she met also was a mountain biker, and then Joe came to live with her family and he rode mountain bikes as well. But, it's a story so whatever. I loved how strong Allie was, my favorite part was probably when she screamed her head off at Joe because he smoked, and after that he stopped. She always k...more
Originally reviewed on my blog, Books from Bleh to Basically Amazing.

Chasing Alliecat by Rebecca Fjelland Davis is the story of Sadie, Allie and Joe, three teenagers who live to mountain bike. Sadie's parent's have a strange relationship, and after their divorce, Sadie's mom sends Sadie and her sister to stay with Sadie's aunt so that she can go to Egypt to do archeological research with her ex-husband. Joe comes to stay with his uncle, (the husband of Sadie's aunt) because he is having a hard...more
Summary: Sadie Lester has been forced to stay with her aunt and uncle in the boonies, Minnesota, for the summer while her parents have a wild Egyptian adventure. While escaping from her relatives’ packed house one night, Sadie meets Allie, a girl who seems to have quite a few secrets and a passion for mountain biking. Sadie and Allie become fast friends, and one day they stumble upon something heinous while biking in the woods, setting off a chain of events that leave Allie missing and Sadie in...more
Summer is not turning out quite how Sadie Lester would have liked. Even though her mother basically dropped her off in the middle of Minnesota to live with her aunt and uncle and their bajillion kids for the summer, Sadie is determined to still find time for her true passion - mountain biking. Fortunately, Sadie quickly discovers that the wilds of Minnesota are actually the perfect place to not only one her riding skills but to escape the craziness of her new home. And her skills quickly begin t...more
Why I read this: I don't real a lot of realistic fiction, but this one looked intriguing.

Plot: I love the mystery behind Allie when you meet her in the book, how tough she is and how unwilling to reveal any type of contact information to Sadie. It becomes apparent that something is going on pretty much from the start when it comes to Allie. She won't share a lot about herself with Sadie except for her love of riding. When Joe comes along and steals Sadie's attention just a bit, you can feel the...more
Sue Wargo
As a school librarian this was in my pile to read before putting out for my students. I tend to want to read things with material that might be mature so I can help the books get into the right hands. This was a riveting story with a fast paced plot of bike-riding teens that find a very beat-up and almost dead man in the woods that turns out to be a local priest. He survives to go to hospital for treatment, but Allie one of the teens proceeds to vanish also. The story revolves around bike racing...more
Heidi Schutt
Sadie's two goals for the summer: get a job and ride her mountain bike. Riding everyday with fellow-climber Allie Baker, Sadie finds herself getting stronger and more prepared for her first race. Then they discover a body in the woods and Allie disappears before race day. Will Sadie be able to race without Allie? Where is Allie?
I would definitely recommend this to teens looking for a good mystery book (or coming of age/romance). It's pretty simple (like most YA books, I guess), but I liked the mystery surrounding Allie and I really loved that the girls in this book were strong and tomboyish. It felt really modern in that way, as well as the teens' view of homosexuality. I didn't love it, but I don't think I'm the ideal reader for this book either. Preteen and teen girls with a tomboyish side would probably really love...more
May 14, 2014 Josiphine marked it as to-read
This book takes place an hour from my house. O_o
I found this book to be sloppy.

It had a good concept, but was really poorly written. I found it boring and lacking the action that it seemed to promise. The ending is simply a long exposition dump and details that were not necessary, and the climax was not well thought out and very unimpressive. Plus, the whole relationship between the protagonist and her love interest is way more creepy and off-putting than romantic. This book needed way more editing and thought before being published.

There was stuff I really liked in here and some stuff that didn't work for me. This is a good one for reluctant readers and those looking for a good story about alternate athletes -- these kids are bikers! I saw the mystery from a mile away but I don't think that other readers will nor will it deter them. Longer review to come.

Full review here:
A good book, and unusual in that it's a YA where the teens seek help from adults when they're in a very scary situation. But one major frustration. What adult in their right mind lets three teenagers wander around town on their own with a nutcase and his henchmen out to get them?
Carol Riggs
The characters were interesting and well-drawn, and amazingly, I actually liked the sports/mountain bike scenes! The scenes were woven in with the plot and characters. It wasn't a book ABOUT mountain biking, but it was a story that involved it. And that worked well.
Very interesting story, and I liked how the biking was incorporated into the book. Some of the writing was a bit meh, but the story moved along quickly and it really held my interest. I'm giving this book to a friend of mine who lives in Mankato. They'll love it!
This was a really good book full of adventure, mystery, friendship, and romance. It was a very fast read, but one that I very much enjoyed.
Caroline H
Wow, loved the characters, several twists I did not expect, I want to know more about the the lead characters!
Stephanie A.
Other than the Minnesota-wth-recognizable-towns setting, nothing particularly memorable.
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Rebecca Fjelland Davis is a novelist and children's book author who lives in Minnesota. She is currently an instructor at South Central College in Mankato, where she teaches Composition studies, Literature and Film, and Critical Thinking in Humanities.

Becky grew up on a farm outside of Huxley, Iowa. She graduated with honors from Waldorf College, from St. Cloud State University (earning her Bachel...more
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