Friday, May 31, 2019


Disclosure: I was provided with a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

An empowering new series from the cyclist who runs!

When I first heard of this chapter book for ages 8-12 year olds, I knew it would be perfect for my two girls to read, and then talk about together.  I loved how the main character in the book was a girl, and that she liked things that my girls liked including riding their bikes, reading comic books and watching superhero movies.  And, when I showed the girls the book, they were quick to grab it.  I ended up buying a second copy of the book, which is only $9.33 on Amazon, so that they could read together, and not have to worry about waiting for the other one to read it first.

The girls finished the book within two days times, and had a lot to say about the book.  Not only was it a quick read and easy to to understand story, but they really loved Lindsay, the main character in the book.  They also loved how the book was set up with a chapter and then a training log which had a superhero tip.  As they read the book, they both wished they could have been in Lindsay's squad, as they wanted to race against the boys to show them that girls can compete right alongside them. 

I found myself strapping on their helmets and grabbing their bikes to act out parts of the book they read, as they rode around our long driveway.  They took turns being Lindsay, as well as working together to show their "girl power" and the power of friendship, to tackle the impossible.  I loved seeing my girls really get into this book, and getting the idea and themes of the book.  They both shared their favorite parts (which were most of the book) with each other, and both agreed that they hope for more books like this one.  I told them that this was the first in this new "Shred Girls" series, and they were both over the moon excited.  They asked when the next book would release.  Unfortunately, I couldn't find another book releasing soon, but I told them I would be watching the Shred Girls website and would pick up any subsequent releases for them to enjoy.

This is a truly a great book for young girls who are reading chapter books, who love sports and are looking to read a book with a girl as the main character.  Girls will not only enjoy this book, but will gain confidence from participating in sports, like BMX racing.  This book reminds girls they can do anything they put their minds to.  This book exudes "Girl Power" all the way, and is a great read, especially for upcoming summer reading.

More about the book:

"An empowering new series from the cyclist who runs is guaranteed to give readers an adrenaline rush!

Lindsay can't wait to spend her summer break reading comics and watching superhero movies--until she finds out she'll be moving in with her weird older cousin Phoebe instead. And Phoebe has big plans for her: a BMX class at her bike park with cool-girl Jen and perfectionist Ali. Lindsay's summer of learning awesome BMX tricks with new friends and a new bike turns out to be more epic than any comic book--and it's all leading up to a jumping competition. But some of the biker boys don't think girls should be allowed to compete in BMX. Now it's up to Lindsay, Jen, and Ali to win the competition and prove that anyone can be great at BMX.

Booklist raves that SHRED GIRLS is “a feel-good sports book all about girl power emphasizes strong friendship, not making assumptions, and putting yourself out there.”

By Molly Hurford, illustrated by Violet Lemay / Rodale Kids / Ages 8–12

HC: 978-1-63565-277-2 / $13.99/ $18.99 Can.
ebook: 978-1-63565-278-9 / $8.99 / $10.99 Can.

About the Author:

MOLLY HURFORD (@mollyjhurford) is the author of four books on cycling, and a writer for Bicycling Magazine as well as many other fitness and outdoor publications. She’s the co-host of The Consummate Athlete Podcast, creator of, and a lover of all things bike-related. She spends her time traveling the world to find the best places to ride, race, and explore. Her mission is “to get girls and women to embrace wellness and adventure!” Lindsay’s Joyride is her middle-grade debut. 

Disclosure: I was provided with a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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