Moped Summer

Come back when you’re 16!

That’s the message Seth gets every time he goes on a job interview. He’s unbelievably frustrated.

Cincinnati. Summer, 1979.

At 15, Seth is the youngest kid in his class. He’s a year behind all of his friends who can now drive and have abandoned him to work at extremely cool summer jobs. 

But everything changes when he stumbles upon a beautiful, used, banana-yellow moped at a garage sale. Now, with some spiffy wheels beneath him, Seth sets up an incredible delivery service in Clifton, the college campus across town, and soon becomes embroiled in the lives of the locals:

  • George, the cantankerous, disco-dancing comic store owner, who wants Seth to only make deliveries for him
  • Fuji and Hamster, who need help when their tiny record store accidentally inherits 10,000 8-track tapes
  • Feisty Maria, who just wants to keep her father’s Greek diner afloat
  • Seth’s punky best friend, Kim, who’s obsessed with trying to get on the local TV show, Juvenile Court

Soon enough, all come to rely on Seth’s good humor and ingenuity – if only he can balance everyone’s needs and drama, while staying out of trouble with his parents…and the police.

Alex Bernstein’s new YA historical novel MOPED SUMMER is a breezy, fast-paced, incredibly funny, coming-of-age beach read that will appeal to fans of This Will Be Funny Someday by Katie Henry and Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos.

MOPED SUMMER is about that one perfect summer when you first discover who you really are.

For a synopsis or full copy of the MOPED SUMMER manuscript, contact the author at

Praise for other books by Alex Bernstein:

“Alex Bernstein writes comedy you could hang in a gallery” – Dylan Brody, author of Relatively Painless.

“The best pure pop writer in America today” – NewPopLit

“Creative, funny, bittersweet, and different from most holiday fare” – Diane Tayler, Living Las Vegas

“An ever-intriguing menagerie of colorful characters that will keep you grinning” – Best Indie Book Award


Alex Bernstein is the award-winning author of “Plrknib”, “The #$@!# Bicycle Boys Save Christmas, Again!” and the Miserable series of books (“Miserable Adventure Stories”, “Miserable Holiday Stories”, “Miserable Love Stories”). His work has appeared at McSweeney’s, NewPopLit, The Big Jewel, The American Bystander, Yankee Pot Roast, Cincinnati Magazine, USA Today Magazine, Swink, Litro, Back Hair Advocate, Corvus, BluePrintReview, Hobo Pancakes, Gi60, The Rumpus, The Legendary, MonkeyBicycle, and PopImage, among numerous others. He’s a staff writer on Disney Jr.’s “P. King Duckling” and Discovery Kids “The Dog & Pony Show”. And he is the co-founder and Head Writer for the Curtains on Fire podcast and writers workshop.


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