Pennypacker, Sara. Waylon! One Awesome Thing. 2016. 208pp. $15.99 hc. Disney Book Group. 9781484701522.
Honestly, whenever Sara Pennypacker writes a new book you should start looking for room in your budget to buy it, because you know its going to be good, and Waylon! One Awesome Thing is no exception. The story features Waylon, a previously introduced (in the Clementine Series) very science-y smart kid who is now running into lots of problems his super smart brain can't solve. His sister is becoming a moody teenager and pulling away from the family, the 4th grade boys are being divided into teams by their "leader" the super-cool Arlo, and all of a sudden a known trouble-maker from last year, Baxter returns to their class. Waylon feels like his world is exploding until "One Awesome Thing" happens that helps Waylon see solutions instead of problems. Sara Pennypacker's style of creating true-to-life characters that readers instantly bond with will make readers fall in love with Waylon. Fans of the Clementine series will love this book, Pennypacker is trying to make it a little more mature then the Clementine series (after all the characters are in 4th grade now) so I believe that students who feel that they are too old for Clementine will like Waylon, as his problems are slightly more complex and mature. Overall this is a great book for any middle-grade collection. Grades 3-6. Highly Recommended. Michelle Bridges, Media Specialist, Sugar Creek Elementary School, Fort Mill, South Carolina.