A Bike Like Sergio's (A Junior Library Guild Selection)

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9780763666491: A Bike Like Sergio's (A Junior Library Guild Selection)

Finders keepers, right? When Ruben picks up someone's lost money, he finds out how hard it can be to do the right thing.

Ruben feels like he is the only kid without a bike. His friend Sergio reminds him that his birthday is coming, but Ruben knows that the kinds of birthday gifts he and Sergio receive are not the same. After all, when Ruben's mom sends him to Sonny's corner store for groceries, sometimes she doesn't have enough money for everything on the list. So when Ruben sees a dollar bill fall out of someone's purse, he picks it up and puts it in his pocket. But when he gets home, he discovers it's not one dollar or even five or ten—it's a hundred-dollar bill, more than enough for a new bike just like Sergio's! But what about the crossed-off groceries? And what about the woman who lost her money? Presenting a relatable story told with subtlety and heart, the creative team behind Those Shoes pairs up again for a satisfying new picture book.

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About the Author:

Maribeth Boelts is the author of numerous books for children, including Those Shoes, a previous collaboration with artist Noah Z. Jones, and Happy Like Soccer, illustrated by Lauren Castillo. She lives with her family in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Noah Z. Jones is the illustrator of Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts as well as Not Norman: A Goldfish Story by Kelly Bennett, The Monster in the Backpack by Lisa Moser, and Welcome to the Bed and Biscuit by Joan Carris. He lives in Glendale, California.

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2017 Charlotte Zolotow Highly Commended Title

"Boelts lays out Ruben's ethical dilemma and emotional turmoil without preaching, and his struggle and journey toward the moral choice--which includes an interlude in which he believes he has lost the money--is both dramatic and genuine. Jones's mixed-media illustrations capture the scuffed-up feel of Ruben's urban neighborhood, as well as the sweet earnestness of the bespectacled hero and his multiracial family." Starred Review: Publisher's Weekly

This tale of temptation, ethics, guilt, and family love is firmly grounded in the economic realities of today, as was the earlier collaboration between Boelts and Jones, Those Shoes (rev. 11/07)...The resolution is realistic for a kid with a loving, supportive fam- ily, and it leaves plenty of room for talking about what is most important in life from an authentically childlike perspective.
—Horn Book

Continuing from their acclaimed Those Shoes (2007), Boelts and Jones entwine conversations on money, motives, and morality...Embedded in this heartwarming story of doing the right thing is a deft examination of the pressures of income inequality on children.
—Kirkus Reviews

Maribeth Boelts captures the agony of a moral dilemma in “A Bike Like Sergio’s” (Candlewick, 40 pages, $15.99), a picture book for 5- to 8-year-olds. To Ruben, it seems that every other kid has a bicycle. “Ask your parents again,” says his affluent friend Sergio. “Your birthday’s coming.” True, but, as Ruben says, “Sergio forgets there’s a difference between his birthday and mine.” Later, when Ruben sees a dollar bill flutter from a woman’s purse, he picks it up. “I don’t chase her,” he tells us; “it’s just a dollar.” Except that it isn’t: It’s a $100 bill, and now Ruben can have the bike he wants. Or can he? And should he? In this rewarding tale, Noah Z. Jones’s expressive, naïve illustrations reinforce the sincerity of a boy’s valiant struggle with temptation. -The Wall Street Journal

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