Lena, the sea, and me

Maria Parr, 1981-

Book - 2021

In this sequel to Adventures With Waffles, best friends Trille and Lena find their seaside escapades disrupted by a new soccer coach, who puts Lena's goalkeeping dreams on hold, and a new girl on whom Trille has a crush.

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Subjects
Genres
Action and adventure fiction
Bildungsromans
Humorous fiction
Published
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press 2021.
Edition
First US edition
Language
English
Norwegian
Item Description
"Originally published as Keeperen og havet by Det Norsek Samlaget, Oslo"--Title page verso.
Physical Description
284 pages ; 19 cm
Audience
Ages 7-10.
ISBN
9781536207729
1536207721
Main Author
Maria Parr, 1981- (-)
Other Authors
Guy Puzey (translator), Lara Paulussen (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Narrated by 10-year-old Trille, this inviting book traces another eventful year in Mathildewick Cove. Readers of Adventures with Waffles (2015) may remember that Lena is known for leaping headlong into dangerous situations and her next-door neighbor Trille for following close behind her. In this sequel, new elements come into play. After an unbearable new soccer coach leads both kids to quit the local team, Lena joins a girls' team in town, while Trille secretly hopes to spend more time with Birgit, his first crush, who has survived a homemade-raft disaster with Lena and Trille. While he ventures into unfamiliar emotional terrain, Lena excels as a fierce soccer goalie and a devoted friend to those she loves, including Trille and his grandfather. Published in Norway in 2017, the novel is driven by the vividly portrayed characters who make up the small community. Trille and Lena are growing and changing all along the way as this episodic and sometimes amusing story unfolds. The concluding chapters are among the most surprising, poignant, and memorable in this engaging series. Grades 3-5. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 3–6—Fans of Parr's Adventures with Waffles will be thrilled to revisit best friends (and neighbors) Lena and Trille as they navigate another year in the small Norwegian town of Mathildewick Cove. Lena is still a firecracker and Trille is still quiet and kind, and they are definitely still getting into trouble! Hoisting Trille's little sister up a flagpole, venturing into the fjord on a flimsy homemade raft, and caroling during a hurricane are just some of the funny adventures the pair attempt this year. They are also starting to grow up. Trille is navigating his interest (and Lena's resentment) toward Brigid, the new girl in town, as well as the fear that comes with watching his grandfather getting older. Lena is dealing with the disappointment and insecurity that comes with being overlooked by her new soccer coach and struggling with music lessons. Scandinavian details like picking bilberries, drinking red currant squash, and fishing for enormous halibut provide delightful insight into living elsewhere on the globe. The story has a lovely cyclical quality as it moves through the seasons. Fishing with Trille's grandpa is a highlight early in the story, but near the conclusion the same outing is so much more poignant as Trille, having lost some of his naivete and gained some maturity over the year, recognizes what a gift is to be found in those experiences. Parr shows enormous respect for the way children navigate so many of life's changes—births and aging, first crushes, the responsibility that comes with loving a family and nurturing friendships—and paints the emotions of the children as complex and dignified. VERDICT A captivating celebration of all the sweet (and bittersweet) feelings that come with growing up.—Alyssa Annico, Youngstown State Univ., OH Copyright 2021 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

In this sequel to Adventures With Waffles, best friends Trille and Lena find their seaside escapades disrupted by a new soccer coach, who puts Lena's goalkeeping dreams on hold, and a new girl on whom Trille has a crush.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

In this sequel to Adventures With Waffles, best friends Trille and Lena find their seaside escapades disrupted by a new soccer coach, who puts Lena’s goalkeeping dreams on hold, and a new girl on whom Trille has a crush. Simultaneous eBook. Illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

In a charming sequel to Adventures with Waffles, Trille and Lena navigate the rough waters of friendship when a new soccer coach and a new girl in school disrupt their seaside escapades.Trille and Lena may be getting older, but they still find everyday adventure—and trouble—in their coastal village, including sinking every raft they build, getting little sisters stuck up flag poles, and attending those dreaded music lessons. But that’s not all. The arrival of a less-than-encouraging new soccer coach is putting twelve-year-old Lena's goalkeeping career in doubt. And Trille is wondering how to impress the girl who has just joined his class. As the best friends battle the elements and their own emotions, one thing is for sure: they're not giving up, not if Lena has anything to do with it! In Maria Parr’s follow-up to Adventures with Waffles, the acclaimed author returns to Mathildewick Cove with a rib-tickling story of growing up.