Monthly Archives: July 2016

Waylon! One Awesome Thing.

Waylon one awesome thing cover

Title:   Waylon!  One Awesome Thing
Author:   Sara Pennypacker
Series:  Waylon!
Recommended for:  readers in grades 2-4 (and as a readaloud to the same grades) 
Pages:  198 p.
Call Number/Link:  J Fiction Pennypacker, S.

Rating:  ****






Waylon, a boy with the mind of a scientific genius and the vulnerable heart of an eight year old, is trying to understand his older sister and deal with changes among the kids at school”   – Provided by publisher. –



I love this author’s Clementine series.  Waylon is a boy from Clementine’s class.  I liked this book, but Clementine remains my favorite kid at their elementary school.

Waylon is a quirky child.  He reads a lot, loves science and has an amazing memory for random scientific things he’s read.  He loves to tell people about these scientific facts (and his ideas) at great length.  Not everyone appreciates that, including some kids in his class at school who think he talks too much.

Waylon is not thrilled with ways that things at school are changing in fourth grade.  A boy named Arlo divides the boys in the class into two teams.  Members of one team aren’t supposed to socialize with members of the other team, even if they are best friends.  Waylon winds up being one of two boys in the class who are not on a team.  On one hand, he’s happy to avoid having muddy pine cones pushed down the back of his shirt in a conflict between the teams.  On the other, he doesn’t enjoy being left out.  But mostly, he wishes that everyone in his class could get along and be friends again.

Waylon also has a teen sister who is going through an awkward, unfriendly stage.  She’s gone emo, wants to be called Neon and frequently disagrees with her parents.

Waylon is a nice boy and tries his best to make things better, both at home and at school.


One Awesome Thing would be a good classroom readaloud, especially at the beginning of the school year.

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Posted by on July 7, 2016 in Juv, Realistic


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Your Lie in April vol 1

23995516Title: Your Lie in April vol 1
Author: Naoshi Arakawa
Series: Your Lie in April
Recommended for:  Grade 6th and Up
Pages: 224
Call Number/Link:  GN Teen Lie

Synopsis: Kosei Arima was a piano prodigy until his cruel taskmaster of a mother died suddenly, changing his life forever. Driven by his pain to abandon piano, Kosei now lives in a monotonous, colorless world. Having resigned himself to a bland life, he is surprised when he meets Kaori Miyazono, a violinist with an unorthodox style. Can she bring Kosei back to music, and back to life?

Review: This is a manga that one of the teens recommended we buy at on of our Otaku Days. The first volume is spectacular, I really enjoyed it and can’t wait to read more. It has a lot that teens can relate to since it’s mainly about doing things that because you were forced to. It’s also about finding out how to love those things anyway. And about how sometimes you just have to break the rules/break out of the box if it’s what makes you happy. I’m extremely interested to see where the series goes. For those who like Fruits Basket, Strobe Edge, or Ouran High Host Club this would be a good recommendation.

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Posted by on July 6, 2016 in Graphic Novels, Teen


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100 Days of Cake

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Title:    100 Days of Cake
Author:   Shari Goldhagen
Series:  —
Recommended for:  teen girls who like sad books and aren’t picky readers
Pages:   339 p.
Call Number/Link:   Teen Fiction Goldhagen, S.

Rating:  *






“Molly suffers from depression, and when she finds out that the exotic fish store she works at is closing down, her whole life, which is already hanging on a thread, starts to crumble”– Provided by publisher.


The title immediately grabbed me.  100 days of cake?  What a wondrous idea!!!!

Spoiler alert:  it’s not really about cake.  deep sigh.

It is the summer before her senior year of high school, and Molly is battling a severe case of depression.  It is not a new development in her life.  Molly is on antidepressant medication and sees a counselor once a week, but she continues to struggle.  It doesn’t help that she has a crush on her counselor, or that he makes a pass at her.

Molly’s mother was feeling a bit desperate when she heard the idea that baking a cake per day for 100 days could lead to happiness.  She decided it was worth a try.

Molly’s best bud at work (another high school student) is interested in Molly, but she is too scared to date him.  She thinks he’ll be disappointed when he finds out that she’s not super cheerful and fun.  (He already knows, but likes her anyway.)

Had to force myself to finish the book.  I can usually read quickly, but plodded through this one.


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Posted by on July 6, 2016 in Realistic, Teen


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RhymocerosTitle: Rhymoceros
Author: Janik Coat
Series: N/A
Recommended for: Ages 6 months – 6 years
Pages: 36
Call Number/Link:   E Coat, J.

Synopsis: A blue rhinoceros unabashedly subjects himself to undignified elements in order to demonstrate sixteen pairs of rhyming words, from “caring” and “daring” to “stinky” and “inky.” Surprising novelty features such as gold foil stamping and flocking enhance this unique, gifty, high-design concept board book.

Comments: This is a pretty cute book. I was looking for a board book with furry blurrylarge touch and feel sections on the page. Only about 5 pages are especially tactile, (bumpy, furry, mossy, glossy, and quilted), but most of the pictures are very cute. Blurry looks just how the picture would look without glasses, Inky looks like someone has really scribbled on the page, and Gold is actual reflective gold foil.

My 9 month old son loved all the tactile pages and would flip between them to feel each one. Older children will find the rhymes educational and the pictures funny. Because this is a large size board book, it’s “hidden” with the other E books and is in relatively great shape. I would love to do this book for a storytime! chilly frilly

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Posted by on July 5, 2016 in Concepts, Picture Books