An ex-con. A tandem bicycle. And a bike trip through the mountains. Not exactly the ideal conditions for a father-son trip. Fourteen-year-old Zeke Taylor lives to race his BMX bike around a dirt track. Not pedal through the mountains from the back seat of a tandem. Especially when the guy in the captain’s seat is an ex-con. Zeke’s father, a.k.a. the druggie, spent the last seven years in prison. Now that he’s free, the druggie wants to make up for lost time. Zeke agrees to the tandem trip only to escape the alternative — his mother’s latest boyfriend, Cowboy. Father and son can barely bike two blocks without killing each other. Four days on a tandem will test their rocky relationship. Can the two put the past behind them? Or will the trip destroy any hope for reconciliation?

Book Details


  • Juvenile Fiction

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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Tandem is a story about a boy named Zeke, who is 14 and loves to ride his BMX bike. His mother is dating a guy that he does NOT like. His dad gets out of prison after 7 years and decides that a bike trip is a good way for them to get to know each other. His dad was a "druggie' and Zeke is not sure if he wants to spend time with him, but he does because he's rather do that than have to be around his mother's boyfriend. The problem is, they have to ride a tandem bike through the mountains. A tandem bike has two seat, and both riders have to work together to ride the bike.

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