After moving from place to place, Nickel finds a real home when he moves with his aunt Starla and her husband, Joe, back to Joe's family farm. But a run-in with a school bully threatens to pull Nickel down. Then he finds Joe's old bike--it's hard to ride, but warm to the touch, more like a living creature. Can this mysterious bike help Nickel free himself from his violent past and protect his new life?

Cougar 2001, HarperTrophy

ISBN-13: 9780380732401

Trade paperback

Cougar 1999, Greenwillow Books, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780688163372