Waylon! One Awesome Thing by Sara Pennypacker with illustrations by Marla Frazee. Publication date: April 5, 2016. (We received an ARC of this book with our Scholastic book order, and I will be adding it to my classroom library. All thoughts are my own.)
Waylon may be familiar to fans of Sara Pennypacker's well-regarded Clementine series, but now he has his own story. Straddling the line between young fiction and middle grade at 200 pages, this novel details some of the struggles of fourth grade, especially the growing sense of identity vs. the growing need to conform or at least consider the opinions of one's peers. Waylon also sees the ways his older sister, Neon, is changing, as she withdraws from the family and fully embraces her outsider-highschooler vibe.
I think this book will appeal to students who love mysteries, science, and stories about friendship issues. Throw in a new student and some critical scientific observations, and you have an entertaining and engaging story!
Looking for more great books for this age? Check out the #3rdfor3rd tag for book recommendations written by my third graders about their favorite books or the Read This Next tag for their recommendations about what to read after you finish a certain book.