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3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  2,415 Ratings  ·  457 Reviews
Some friends fade away….Others disappear. Now in paperback, a riveting mystery that will “keep the pages turning” (Chris Crutcher, author of Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes).

Imagine you and your best friend head out West on a cross-country bike trek. Imagine that you get into a fight—the cheap SOB won’t kick in any cash—and you stop riding together. Imagine you reach Seattle,
ebook, 256 pages
Published July 6th 2010 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2008)
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Jenny When they tried camping the first night at a legitimate "campground" it turned out to be an RV park. The owner's husband referred to his wife and told…moreWhen they tried camping the first night at a legitimate "campground" it turned out to be an RV park. The owner's husband referred to his wife and told them "The lady wouldn't like that" when they asked if they could pitch a tent in the grass. He repeated it despite their offers to pay and assurances they wouldn't destroy anything until he finally chased them off. It became a joke for the rest of the trip and they never tried to camp at a "real campsite" again.(less)
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Jul 08, 2008 Hayden rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen, mystery, guy-book
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
Jan 19, 2009 Clay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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
Dec 27, 2008 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 30, 2008 Aaron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Feb 26, 2009 Bobby rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 07, 2009 Frank rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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.
"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
Feb 23, 2010 Alicia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Tabitha Olson
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Sep 18, 2010 Smart_chic rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 02, 2010 Jacky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 10, 2012 Hallie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 19, 2011 Andy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Riley Conway
Sep 14, 2011 Riley Conway rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Shift by Jennifer Bradbury, friends Chris and Win—known as Chrisandwin by everyone at school for their attached-at-the-hip nature, decide to take a cross-country bike trip from their home in West Virginia to Washington state following their high school graduation. It’s both a last-hurrah before going off to separate colleges and a way to avoid the minimum wage drudgery of a summer job. But something goes not quite as planned—at least for Chris. He and Win (short for Winston) get separated tow ...more
Kim Lanza
Apr 01, 2013 Kim Lanza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-ya
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!
Apr 06, 2013 Erin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Sep 28, 2013 Krista rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Pedro Guzman
Oct 03, 2013 Pedro Guzman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The main character in the book Shift is Christopher. Chris is a very organized teenager who just graduated from high school. He and his best friend Win planned a trip to Seattle, which they would get to on bike. Chris’ house hold consists of a mother who disagrees with this bike trip because she doesn’t want her “baby” to go off riding through the country alongside an irresponsible and reckless kid who had proven to be a very bad influence on Chris. But then there’s Chris’ father, who is excite
Oct 03, 2013 Jared rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shift, a novel written by the author Jennifer Bradbury, is a story about a high school graduate named Chris and his friend Win who decide to go on a cross-country bike ride. Chris, someone who is generally not popular in school, and quite frankly lazy, doesn’t tend to want to do much of anything. When his strict mom pushes him to get a summer job before going to college in the fall, he says that him and Win have decided they are going bike across the country; only the bike ride wasn’t necessari ...more
Dec 15, 2013 Avie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 15, 2014 Helen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
David Taylor
Mar 08, 2015 David Taylor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 24, 2015 Bethany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Now he was hurling gravel by the handful at a speed limit sign.
'It's trying to push me back!'
It seemed unwise to point out that he had been drafting behind me for the sixteen miles we'd managed since our lunch stop at the phantom post office.
'I'm not going back!' he screamed into the air, sounding like a four-year-old threatening not to go to school.
'The wind'll die down, Win,' I said, but he wasn't listening to me.
'I'm going to make it,' he shouted again, but with less vehemence.
Then I realize
Dec 13, 2015 Macklin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Shift” by Jennifer Bradbury was a very enjoyable, fast paced book. The first chapter started off with a scene you would normally see at the end of the book. The investigator starts to ask Chris, the main character, where his friend is. This throws us into the mystery and the focus of the book right away. Win and Chris were to meet Win’s uncle in Seattle at the end of the trip, but they got separated from each other the last week. The investigator is talking with Chris, “Win has no uncle in Seat ...more
Andrew Ma
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Apr 04, 2016 Hhslibrary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great read about friendship and growing up. Win and Chris have been best friends since 3rd grade. After graduating high school, the two set out to bike across country, from Atlanta to Seattle. Chris's story begins during his first week at college, and in addition to adjusting to that new life, he has to deal with an FBI agent who is asking a lot of questions about Win. Turns out, 3/4 through their epic trip, Win and Chris have a falling out of sorts and they separate. Chris continues to t ...more
Marthe Wassink
Oct 02, 2016 Marthe Wassink rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Mooi hoe het verhaal zich langzaam ontvouwt. In het boek wisselt het perspectief tussen tijdens de reis en na de reis, dat maakt het verhaal spannend. En het is natuurlijk een supergave reis!
Lily Sullivan
The book was very well-written and I believe that the author has a very good imagination. The plot and flow throughout the book keep the reader interested and I found that it was an enjoyable book to read. However, the plot at some points is slightly hard to believe because the characters and their reactions to certain events seem robotic or not quite sentimental. I believe that if the plot and the characters were made to seem more "real" that this book could easily receive five stars.
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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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