The Adventures of a Girl Called Bicycle by Christina Uss
Sister Wanda discovers something unusual amid the Mostly Silent Monastery construction clutter: a silent little girl with no name and no past. Wearing a shirt emblazoned with the word BICYCLE, she is appropriately given the name Bicycle. Our young heroine takes to the monastic life, spending her days intently listening and studying. Her fortune changes the day that she accompanies the monks into town and discovers her namesake, a discarded bike. Scraping together all her loose change, Bicycle becomes the proud owner of the two-wheeler, christened Clunk.
Sister Wanda is concerned because her young charge lacks youthful companions and enrolls Bicycle in the Friendship Factory’s camp. Determined to escape from the well-meaning intentions of Sister Wanda, Bicycle decides to bike from Washington D.C to San Francisco to meet her cycling hero Zbig.