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Hey, Mom, Can I Ride My Bike Across America?: Five Kids Meet Their Country
Dead Poets Society meets Stand By Me as 5 real 12- and 13-yr.-olds ride their bicycles 5,000 miles across America. They want to see if their country is as wonderful as their teacher says it is.
Paperback, 439 pages
Published October 1st 1990 by Seigel Boettner Fulton
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The United States isn't a nation that makes touring it by bike easy: those who wish to do it must tackle mountain ranges, broad deserts, a cornucopia of potential natural disasters -- and that's not even including American drivers. Imagine trying to do it while simultaneously watching over five teenagers -- five kids, really, a group of three boys and two girls, all eleven between eleven and thirteen years old. That's what John Siegel Boettner, a middle-school teacher in California, did in the y ...more
Although dated, this is probably one of the best touring books I've read. I'm tempted to give it 5 stars, but I don't think it's quite _that_ good. It's a great story of 5 kids in middle school, their teacher and his wife who bike across the country east to west in 1986. Seigal Boettner does a great job capturing the kids interactions with all the different flavors of Americans, a great job capturing the trials and tribulations of their 4 month odyssey, and a great job describing his feelings an ...more