Adventures with Waffles

By: Maria Parr

Illustrator: Kate Forrester

Trille thinks it would be nice for Lena to tell him just once that he’s her best friend: “She doesn’t need to say it loudly or anything. She could just say it hidden behind a cough.” Black-and-white illustrations.

ISBN: 9780763672812

JLG Release: Aug 2015


Sensitive Areas: No sensitive areas
Topics: Friendship , Family life , Grandfathers , Norway , Waffles , Loss of a loved one , Adventures , Midsummer's eve celebrations

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Awards & Honors

2018 Flicker Tale Award Winner, Non-Fiction
Capitol Choices 2016
ALA Notable Books for Children 2016, Middle Readers
2016 USBBY Outstanding International Book List, Grades 3–5
2015 Cybils Awards Nomination, Middle Grade Fiction
Triple Crown National Book Award 2016-2017

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine, The Horn Book Guide^, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly

Horn Book

Young narrator Trille’s best friend is his next-door neighbor, Lena, almost nine, perhaps best described as a more-realistic Pippi Longstocking. Fierce, fearless, daring, hilariously blunt; she “eats like a horse and looks like a bicycle,” says Trille’s grandpa. The timider Trille wishes he knew whether he was Lena’s b Young narrator Trille’s best friend is his next-door neighbor, Lena, almost nine, perhaps best described as a more-realistic Pippi Longstocking. Fierce, fearless, daring, hilariously blunt; she “eats like a horse and looks like a bicycle,” says Trille’s grandpa. The timider Trille wishes he knew whether he was Lena’s best friend as well, but he doesn’t dare ask. With Lena’s penchant for thrill-seeking, their small close-knit community of Mathildewick Cove provides all the adventure they need, whether they are attempting to reenact Noah’s ark on Uncle Tor’s fishing boat (mayhem ensues), playing pirates (Lena’s impersonation of a ship’s figurehead results in a minor concussion, one of many), or joining in the family’s annual sheep roundup (Lena gets stuck on a ledge and has to be rescued by a helicopter). There are quieter adventures as well, such as when they start a retirement home for slaughterhouse-bound horses or advertise for a dad for Lena (“Must be nice and like boiled cabbage”). The novel is episodic but strongly plotted, with larger changes in the lives of the families woven into Trille’s smaller-scope story. Set in contemporary Norway, the story takes place over one year, book-ended by two Midsummer’s Eve celebrations that poignantly encapsulate all the changes, happy and sad. Readers will not be surprised that in the end Trille finds his own voice, and the courage to finally ask the crucial best-friend question; readers, of course, will already know the answer. martha v. parravano

Book Details

ISBN

9780763672812

First Release

August 2015

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

5" x 7"

Page Count

240

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.8; Points: 5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 4.4; Points: 9;

Lexile

Level 720L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Candlewick

Potentially Sensitive Areas

No sensitive areas

Topics

Friendship, Family life, Grandfathers, Norway, Waffles, Loss of a loved one, Adventures, Midsummer's eve celebrations,

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