Unpuzzle this: What do you get when you mix a rescue mission, a fifty-year-old motorbike, an eleven-year-old boy and his weird, witchy grandma?
Zack Mosel’s mum and dad are away in far-off Slovodnia, so Zack has no choice but to spend his summer holidays with ‘Mag the Hag’, his eccentric grandmother. But before the summer can get too boring, Zack finds out his parents have gone missing, and he and Mag take it into their own hands to unravel the mystery surrounding his parents’ disappearance.
As Mag and Zack trek across Europe, they face wilderness, danger, new friends, enemies and excitement … all while traveling on the seat of an extraordinary motorbike.
In 2012, The Broomstick Bike was awarded a White Raven from the International Youth Library (IYL) in Munich, Germany. Each year the language specialists (Lektoren) at the IYL select newly published books from around the world that they consider to be especially noteworthy. The White Raven label is given to books that deserve worldwide attention because of their universal themes and/or their exceptional and often innovative artistic and literary style and design. The judges said: ‘Full of word play and clever ideas, this mostly off-road novel will entertain and inspire young readers’.
PRAISE FOR THE BROOMSTICK BIKE
‘[Veronica Bennett’s] style has always been characterised by humour, imagination and verve. This one looks like fun from the very outset …’ Books Ireland First Flush
‘An exciting adventure story … just enough of a hint of magic to life the tale well anove the ordinary.’ Teresa Doran, Books Ireland
‘A riveting read for nine years plus.’ Primary Times
‘The plot is thrilling and perfectly paced … bounces with lively dialogue … The tension, excitement and sparky wit never falter in this most entertaining read.’ Irish Examiner
‘Full of word play and clever ideas, this … will entertain and inspire young readers …’ Judges, The White Ravens 2012 award
‘A humorous adventure story …’ Bookfest 2011-2012 Recommended Reads
Click here to listen to RTE’s Little Pages show with Grainne Clear. Grainne discusses The Broomstick Bike with her young reviewer, Zara.
Veronica Bennett has been an English teacher and a journalist, but now spends her time writing books for children and young adults. Her first book, Monkey, was published in 1998, and she has since written twenty-two more books for kids and teenagers. The Broomstick Bike (published in 2011 by Little Island) is the only children\'s book that’s taken her on a motorcycle ride, though! In 2012, this book was named a White Raven by the International Youth Library in Munich, Germany, which means it\'s a children\'s book that the library thinks is super-duper – and they should know.