The Big Red Bike by E. J. Tims

An ordinary summer brings about an extraordinary change in a young boy’s life, as he spots the Big Red Bike in the window of the local bike shop. This transforms his life that summer through his determination to earn the money and purchase the bike through his many different jobs.

Mr. Paterson, the bike shop owner, soon learns that Jay, a 9 year-old boy from an underprivileged family is determined to have the bike and will do about anything it takes to earn it. After he brings in a down payment, they sit down and sign a contract for the purchase. Jay is working from 5:30 in the morning until 7:00 each night to fulfill his dreams while trying as well to be a kid!

He is about to embark on a bitter, sweet journey through the summer bound by the friendships of his three buddies and a shop owner that will forever change his life. As they experience the sweet, and funny, sad and true heartfelt times.

As the summer draws to an end his best friend Larry is killed in an accident which forces them to face the reality of life.

You will laugh and cry through the many life lessons learned with his friends during the summer of 1955.

E.J Tims has been writing short stories for many years, but not until his wife pushed him to finish this book did he realize that he had always wanted to tell this story about Larry. He has written for local newspapers and covered local sports. He attended the BYU Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers Workshop.

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