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Waylon! One Awesome Thing


Series
Waylon!

by
Sara Pennypacker
pictures by
Marla Frazee

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Disney Hyperion
Imprint
Disney-Hyperion
ISBN
9781484701522

Awards and Honors
Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) 2018—2019 Nominee Beverly Cleary Children's Choice Award 2018–2019 Nominee 2019 North Carolina Children's Book Award Final Nominee Booklist 2016 Top 10 Books for Youth, Humorous Novels
Booklist 2016 Top 10 Books for Youth, Contemporary Middle-Grade Novels
New York Public Library 2016 Best Books for Kids, Easy Readers
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The boys in Waylon’s class form rival recess teams, but Waylon has no interest. He wants to be friends with everyone—well, maybe not Baxter, who is so bad he allegedly went to jail! Black-and-white illustrations.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

208

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 7 3/4"

AR

4.6: points 3

Lexile

680L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

6

JLG Release

Jul 2016

Book Genres


Topics

Genius. Brothers and sisters. Schools. Change. Friendship. Dogs.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine, The Horn Book Guide^, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal*

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
The creative team behind the “Clementine” books (Hyperion) launch a new series starring Waylon, Clementine’s science-obsessed classmate. His universe is exploding in a very personal “Big Bang.” Popular kid Arlo has divided all the fourth-grade boys into rival teams, which bums out Waylon, who prefers collaboration over competition. And his older sister Charlotte, aka Neon, has gone goth. When Neon reveals that it’s just an act to keep both their parents and school cliques at a distance, Waylon responds, “Oh wow! Batesian mimicry!” New kid in school Baxter helps Waylon solve the rival teams problem when they concoct a plan to free Dumpster Eddy, a local shelter dog whose time is dwindling. In a rollicking conclusion, a group of kids defy team lines—even Arlo joins in—and work together on the canine caper. Pennypacker draws readers in quickly. Waylon’s conflict with Arlo is established in the first chapter, and much of the action takes place during the high points of any kid’s school day—lunch and recess. Waylon’s parents are refreshingly stable yet slightly quirky characters, and Neon is intriguing enough to merit her own series. In Pennypacker’s skillful hands, Waylon is an appealing everykid whose passion for science just might spark readers’ curiosity as he contemplates ideas from angstroms to alien hand syndrome. VERDICT A winning, welcome new series for chapter book readers.—Marybeth Kozikowski, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY

Horn Book

Aspiring scientist Waylon loves brainstorming. It is while mulling over seemingly impossible situations that his best ideas come about—say, giving humans gills so they can breathe underwater. But as fourth grade begins, Waylon discovers that he has something very different to consider: all the boys in the class are being divided into two teams by king-bee Arlo. Puzzled, but not ready to be left out, Waylon is relieved when Arlo selects him to be on his Shark-Punchers team (the other team having been dubbed the Others). He then worries about how long he will be on the team, what he needs to do to stay on it, and what will happen if he is kicked off. Home is confusing too, with his older sister suddenly wanting to be known as Neon, dressing in black, and hiding out in her bedroom. Using heart and brain, Waylon tries to make sense of all these changes while staying true to himself. This Clementine series spinoff (Clementine, rev. 9/06, and sequels) features another likable kid with lots of heart (and for those missing Waylon’s classmate Clementine, she does have a few cameos). Give this to readers who enjoy realistic school stories with a tinge of scientific inquiry. Final art not seen. monica edinger

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
The creative team behind the “Clementine” books (Hyperion) launch a new series starring Waylon, Clementine’s science-obsessed classmate. His universe is exploding in a very personal “Big Bang.” Popular kid Arlo has divided all the fourth-grade boys into rival teams, which bums out Waylon, who prefers collaboration over competition. And his older sister Charlotte, aka Neon, has gone goth. When Neon reveals that it’s just an act to keep both their parents and school cliques at a distance, Waylon responds, “Oh wow! Batesian mimicry!” New kid in school Baxter helps Waylon solve the rival teams problem when they concoct a plan to free Dumpster Eddy, a local shelter dog whose time is dwindling. In a rollicking conclusion, a group of kids defy team lines—even Arlo joins in—and work together on the canine caper. Pennypacker draws readers in quickly. Waylon’s conflict with Arlo is established in the first chapter, and much of the action takes place during the high points of any kid’s school day—lunch and recess. Waylon’s parents are refreshingly stable yet slightly quirky characters, and Neon is intriguing enough to merit her own series. In Pennypacker’s skillful hands, Waylon is an appealing everykid whose passion for science just might spark readers’ curiosity as he contemplates ideas from angstroms to alien hand syndrome. VERDICT A winning, welcome new series for chapter book readers.—Marybeth Kozikowski, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY

Horn Book

Aspiring scientist Waylon loves brainstorming. It is while mulling over seemingly impossible situations that his best ideas come about—say, giving humans gills so they can breathe underwater. But as fourth grade begins, Waylon discovers that he has something very different to consider: all the boys in the class are being divided into two teams by king-bee Arlo. Puzzled, but not ready to be left out, Waylon is relieved when Arlo selects him to be on his Shark-Punchers team (the other team having been dubbed the Others). He then worries about how long he will be on the team, what he needs to do to stay on it, and what will happen if he is kicked off. Home is confusing too, with his older sister suddenly wanting to be known as Neon, dressing in black, and hiding out in her bedroom. Using heart and brain, Waylon tries to make sense of all these changes while staying true to himself. This Clementine series spinoff (Clementine, rev. 9/06, and sequels) features another likable kid with lots of heart (and for those missing Waylon’s classmate Clementine, she does have a few cameos). Give this to readers who enjoy realistic school stories with a tinge of scientific inquiry. Final art not seen. monica edinger

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