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Kids Fiction 660
Peer Pressure at its Best
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Joy loves to tinker with things and fix them up, just like her Granddad. While searching for her next project with him, they discover an old, rusty bike that needs a lot of care. But nothing is too big of a job for Joy, and with the help of her Granddad, they put together the fanciest bike in existence. However, when Joy takes it out for a ride, she notices people laughing at her. This upsets her and makes her feel embarrassed about her bike, so she ditches it. Each time her Granddad asks about her bike, she feels bad for lying until it's too much to handle.

JOY RIDE is more than just a story about a girl and her new bike. It's a thought-provoking multi-generational tale that addresses sensitive topics like peer pressure and bullying. Joy has a unique bond with her grandfather and it's obvious he knows she's lying, but he allows her the space she needs to learn from the mistake of it. Joy's experience teaches children the importance of being yourself, even though others may not always like it. The colors are vivid and I love how close Joy is to her grandfather.

Final Verdict: JOY RIDE is a great way to teach your children about bullying and being true to yourself. It's sad how prevalent bullying is in schools and that this is a topic we even need to bring up. But Joy's journey is an inspiring one as we watch her overcome challenges and learn that lying is wrong. The guilt will always win out in the end.
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