Wolfie & Fly

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Written by Cary Fagan, Illustrated by Zoe Si

Renata Wolfman has no friends, and she likes it that way. Other kids are annoying: they whine, talk too much, tell stupid jokes, share germs, or, worst of all, they “make things up.” Renata only likes “real things” and “facts.” She loves to read about marine life and build realistic models of actual things. When Renata is left home alone one day she builds a submarine out of a refrigerator box, and just as she is about to enjoy it, her pesky next door neighbor, Livingston Flott (a.k.a. “Fly”), bursts into her house to escape the wrath of his older brother. Fly makes up songs and has all sorts of ideas on how to improve the submarine, ideas which turn out to not be entirely terrible. Can Wolfie (as Fly calls her) learn to deal with Fly and join him on an undersea adventure?

This is a perfectly crafted chapter book that explores the push and pull between introversion and the need for friendship with humor, adventure, facts, and imagination. I feel like everyone young and old should get to know Wolfie and Fly, they are both such great, quirky kids.

Review by Joshua Whiting, Library Media Program, Educational Technology Dept.
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 1-6

Wolfie & Fly
Written by Cary Fagan, Illustrated by Zoe Si
Tundra Books
90 pages
Release Date: January 10, 2017

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