Children’s Book Reviews
Children's Book Reviews: The Biker's Brother
Publish December 22, 2017
Against his brother’s wishes, Josh follows his brother Jamie to a biker party. There, he falls for Brenda, a young woman with her own ties to the biker community. When Brenda’s brother Trent turns up dead, and Jamie is pinned for it, Josh enters the biker world to find the real killer. What Josh finds, however, is a turf war he doesn’t understand, and bodies that keep piling up the deeper he digs. As Josh tries to clear his brother’s name, he quickly realizes he may be in over his head.
Non-fiction author and journalist Peter Edwards brings his considerable knowledge of biker gangs in Canada to a teen audience in The Biker’s Brother. After working his way back from a football injury, Josh is eager to use his athletic skills as his ticket out of St. Thomas and into a university education. Derailed by Jamie’s arrest, Josh comes to realise there are more important things in life than football, and fighting for Jamie’s release from prison might mean sacrificing his own future.
Josh’s investigation is an education in the different leadership styles in biker gangs, as well as the discovery of groups that use the biker lifestyle to focus on political agendas and selling drugs. A detailed look at a side of Ontario not often explored in teen fiction, The Biker’s Brother is a high-stakes read complete with a dash of doomed romance, brotherly loyalty, and a nail-biting, who-dunnit mystery.
An avid promoter of Canadian teen fiction, Amy Mathers completed the Marathon of Books in 2014. The money she raised allowed the Canadian Children’s Book Centre to fund the Amy Mathers Teen Book Award. She also reviews for the Canadian Children’s Book News and writes a monthly article for the CCBC e-newsletter.
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