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The Big Ol' Bike by Rachael Clarke

The Big Ol' Bike

by Rachael Clarke

152 pages
Oliver is small, from footprint to glasses. He gets an old bike for his birthday and loves it, but not everyone does. Challenged to a race by the meanest bully in school, will Oliver be big enough to prove heroes come in all sizes?

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About the Book
Big things are happening in Little Springs…

Everything about Oliver is small, from his footprint to his glasses—and a trio of bullies never let him forget it. When Oliver receives his grandfather’s old bike for his birthday, he rides tall for the first time. But the meanest bully in school doesn’t like that at all. Oliver quickly finds himself challenged to a race. Now, he’ll have to be bigger than he ever imagined in order to prove heroes come in small packages too.

The Big Ol' Bike is a contemporary slice of life for ages 7-10. It's filled with characters who could live down the street from you, or have a locker beside yours at school. Come hang out with Oliver, Austin, and Sue, as they experience excitement, setbacks, and adventure together. Themes of bullying, family, friendship, confidence, and community are all explored.

Longer than average for this age range, The Big Ol' Bike is meant to be transitional between chapter books and middle grade novels. It's an equally perfect choice for eager readers who fly through the pages, and kids who enjoy taking it chapter by chapter.

WARNING: Reading this book may cause an immediate and urgent need to ride your bike. Do not be alarmed—the feeling will pass soon enough. But don't let it. ;)


Oliver, a boy with big dreams and a big bike! I love the family and community relationships in this book and how Oliver has to face obstacles of bullying and doubt. Great family read or class read aloud! This should be on every kid’s bookshelf!
- Jen Lowry - Author
This is a really fun book with a wonderful theme about being kind and standing up for yourself! I read it with my 7-year-old, and he thoroughly enjoyed it! It’s family-friendly, fun, and relatable for both boys and girls!!
- Goodreads Review
You will find yourself rooting for the main characters as they struggle with real-life issues. What a great read for the entire family!
- Goodreads Review



About the Author
Rachael Clarke is a former police officer turned stay-at-home mom living in Portage la Prairie, MB, alongside her sport-aholic husband, mischievous children, and two quirky dogs. Other than sipping coffee, Rachael enjoys writing/illustrating children’s literature, plotting fantastical novels, and publishing multi-genre short fiction under her pen name R.A. Clarke.



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