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The Green Bicycle

ISBN-10: 0147515033
ISBN-13: 9780147515032
Author: Al Mansour, Haifaa
Interest Level: 5-8
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group

Publication Date: April 2016

Copyright: 0

Page Count: 368

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Interest Level

Grades 5-8

Reading Level

Guided Reading:
Lexile: 790L
Accelerated Reader Level: 5.6
Accelerated Reader Points: 11.0
Grade Level Equivalent:

BISAC Subjects


JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Alternative Family

In the vein of Year Of The Dog and The Higher Power Of Lucky , this Middle Eastern coming-of-age story is told with warmth, spirit and a mischievous sense of humor Spunky eleven-year-old Wadjda lives in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, with her parents. She desperately wants a bicycle so that she can race her friend Abdullah, even though it is considered improper for girls to ride bikes. Wadjda earns money for her dream bike by selling homemade bracelets and mixtapes of banned music to her classmates. But after she's caught, she's forced to turn over a new leaf (sort of), or risk expulsion from school. Still, Wadjda keeps scheming, and with the bicycle so closely in her sights, she will stop at nothing to get what she wants. Set against the shifting social attitudes of the Middle East, The Green Bicycle explores gender roles, conformity and the importance of family, all with wit and irresistible heart.
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