Crunch by Leslie Connor
"Dewey Marriss is stuck in the middle of a crunch."
Each July Dewey's mom went to work with his dad. She rides with him in his 18 foot truck for a few days so that they can celebrate their anniversary. His mom likes the scenery and she supports him in his lifelong search for the best fish and chips. Ususally they had someone stay with them while his parents were gone, but this time they were on their own. His older sister Lil was eighteen, and he was fourteen, and his younger brother Vince was thirteen. Their younger siblings were only five years old. This year Lil thought they could take care of themselves for a few days. They felt that they could also run the "Bike Barn" which was the family business where the boys helped their dad regularly.
Things were going great until the "crunch" stranded Dewey's parents and they couldn't begin
their way home. The "crunch" was a word Dewey used to describe the situation this shortage
has caused. Because no one was able to get fuel, people wanted their bikes fixed so that they could use them, and no one wanted to wait. Everyone wanted their bikes fixed now!
Things weren't bad enough, when parts for the bikes started to turn up missing. who would do such a thing? How were they going to keep the business going and when and how were their parents going to get home?
This is a very good book. It's a bit of a mystery and a great read in general.