Lisa Smedman is a novelist, short-fiction writer, and one of the founders of "Adventures Unlimited" magazine. She lives in Vancouver, B.C.
Selected as a 2008 'Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers' by the Young Adult Library Services Association. From Boneshakers to Choppers is the perfect book for kids ages 10 and up who can't get enough of motorcycles.--Terri Schilchenmeyer"The Fairhope Courier (Fairhope, AL)" (08/15/2007) This comprehensive history covers everything from the invention of motorcycles in Germany in 1885, the motorcycle's role in World War I and II, the transition to more general use, the role of Hollywood in shaping the motorcyclist's image, the beginning of motorcycle clubs, the rivalry with people who prefer scooters, to modern motorcycles and their uses today. The book is liberally illustrated with colour photos and illustrations, including some vintage posters and motorcycle ads. Even people (teachers and students) who are not avid motorcycle riders will be fascinated by the information presented here in a lively and interesting format. Lively, wide-ranging ... this colorful survey definitely won't stay on the shelf for long.--John Peters"Booklist" (11/15/2007) Got a future biker in your family or maybe a kid with a need for speed? Then "From Boneshakers to Choppers" is going to make his/her heart sing.... [It's] the perfect book for kids ages 10 and up who can't get enough of motorcycles.--Terri Schilchenmeyer"The Fairhope Courier (Fairhope, AL)" (08/15/2007) Loaded with illustrations and color photographs, this popular history of the motorcycle even touches on the attendant fashion associated with its culture. For a slight book, it adequately and engagingly explores its history. In addition to motorcycle aficionados, students will also find this book a good place to start for paper on history, culture, and invention using the motorcycle as a subject.--Jane Van Wiemokly"VOYA" (08/01/2008)