About This Book:
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.
*Review Contributed by Karen Yingling, Stafff Reviewer*
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The really interesting part of this book was Trille and Lena’s evolving friendship. Friendships are so key to middle grade readers, and it’s interesting to see the two as they investigate their own separate identities. Lena isn’t a fan of music, but Trille feels more drawn to the piano. He also doesn’t feel the same way about soccer as avid player Lena does. They still have plenty in common, but they are apart enough that Trille starts to worry about their friendship. The way that Lena is the most central character, but is seen through Trille’s eyes, reminded me a bit of the way we see Spinelli’s Stargirl through the eyes of Leo.
I haven’t seen a lot of titles translated from Nordic languages, but I’m always interested in seeing how people live in different parts of the world. This is somewhat similar to Rose Lagercrantz’s My Happy Life (which is set in Sweden) series, and would definitely be a great book to hand to a reader who has met and adores Astrid Lindgren’s classic works.