According to nightlifer Roy Winklesteen, daylifers have no idea what they're missing. So, when a 2 a.m. glance out his bedroom window reveals a neighbor is hiding a secret of mythic proportions, Roy's summer break looks a lot more exciting. Seeking a cure for being the most ignored kid in all of fifth grade, Roy knows an awesome adventure will surely get him noticed in middle school. He watches and waits for the perfect time to move in for a closer look at the mysterious man who lives one street over. Roy's spy mission doesn't go as planned. Still, he manages to gain access into his neighbor's world--where mind-blowing inventions are more common than furniture and fighting crime involves transforming criminals into bumbling fools smothered in questionable goo. Every night with the neighbor brings Roy one step closer to the most daring adventure of his life. But even if he survives, he can never tell anyone about it.
|Product dimensions:||5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.46(d)|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Regardless, the lack of sleep didn't stop me from getting an advanced degree, being a designer at a large architectural firm, or creating and running my own business.
Like most nightlifers, I get things done. And what I want to do for the rest of my life is what I have always wanted to do-write. THE BORING DAYS AND AWESOME NIGHTS OF ROY WINKLESTEEN is my first book-and, yes, the title is meant to be unapologetic.
Table of Contents
CHAPTER 1 THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL
CHAPTER 2 THE FIRST 21 HOURS
CHAPTER 3 THE NEXT 64 HOURS
CHAPTER 4 THE NEXT 169.5 HOURS
CHAPTER 5 THE NEXT 15 MINUTES
CHAPTER 6 THE NEXT 8 MINUTES
CHAPTER 7 THE NEXT 1.75 HOURS
CHAPTER 8 THE NEXT 15.5 HOURS
CHAPTER 9 THE NEXT 5.5 HOURS
CHAPTER 10 TIME? WHO CARES?
CHAPTER 11 THE NEXT 12.5 HOURS
CHAPTER 12 THE NEXT 379.5 HOURS
CHAPTER 13 THE NEXT 14 HOURS
CHAPTER 14 THE NEXT 43.5 HOURS
CHAPTER 15 THE NEXT 242 HOURS
CHAPTER 16 THE NEXT 32 MINUTES
CHAPTER 17 THE NEXT 397 HOURS
CHAPTER 18 THE NEXT 12 HOURS
CHAPTER 19 SHOW TIME
CHAPTER 20 TIME TO FLY
CHAPTER 21 THE FINAL HOUR
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
"The Boring Days and Awesome Nights of Roy Winklesteen” by Sally Dill is a fun, enchanting story you just want to dive into and stay lost in, and I finished it in two nights. It’s been a while since I’ve read something with such appeal that didn’t feel super cliché or something I’ve read a dozen times before. So rare in this genre! … Sally Dill does a good job of balancing an imaginative and complex storyline that isn’t confusing or frustrating or overwhelming –especially for younger readers-- but is just complex enough to keep us totally hooked! And I like how it is written in such a way that we really get inside Roy’s shoes and experience it all through his eyes, but it is very relatable too even though he’s a young boy. The notion of nightlifers/daylifers is totally great and true! I’ve also been a nightlifer my whole life, even as a child, so I thought that was a clever take…But Dill tackles some pretty big ideas here and like that she doesn’t dumb it down for her younger audience. A great read, one I can see being in the libraries of junior highs… might skew a bit young for the High Schoolers. Recommend.
I knew by the 20% mark that I would really love this book and it would go on my MG/YA favorites shelf, and I was right! I admit I had no real expectations when starting it, seeing as how I’d never read the author before and sometimes new authors can be hit-or-miss. I was so immersed in this wonderful, fun book and impressed with the level of creativity that Sally Dill puts into “The Boring Days and Awesome Nights of Roy Winklesteen”. I loved the characters and the energy Ms. Dill uses. Solid and consistent world building throughout, which is really important for creating a believable story, especially if it has any ‘fantastical’ (or unusual) elements. It’s not perfect, however, and I did feel at times there was too much narrative “telling” and backstory that would have been better ‘shown’ through dialogue and action. This book is told through so much narration, while done well is just a LOT, especially for the intended age group – they like to see more white-space and lots of dialogue/conversations. This would pull us into the story and the action and be more a part of the action instead of being at arm’s length. This caused the pacing to be erratic at times, but not too terrible. For the most part the editing was very clean, (only minor punctuation things here and there) and I appreciated how the ending wraps up nicely, but it also leaves the door open for possibly more. Can’t wait! Recommend for MG/YA and older.
"The Boring Days and Awesome Nights of Roy Winklesteen” is such an utterly charming story, one which I would have no hesitation having my children read. It is a “clean” Middle Grade/YA action/adventure suitable for most ages, but it is definitely geared toward the younger crowd (10 on up, I’d say) who will flock to this adventure that is as clever as it is funny. Sally Dill has a great way of writing in a believable manner with a voice that is convincing for the age group. Like the whole idea of Roy and Bart teaming up and they are fun leads who children (and adults) will enjoy rooting for. A well-written and tightly knit plot will appeal to all readers, not just middle-grade, but that is the target audience. It has a solid universal message that everyone can understand and appreciate, and it is a lot of fun to read. The ending wraps up well (no cliffhanger, fortunately) but I hope to read more from Sally Dill someday! Highly recommend.
"Boring Days and Awesome Nights” was ‘awesome’ and anything but ‘boring’! Very easy to get sucked into this story with ‘nightlifer’ Roy Winklesteen when he spots his neighbor doing something very bizarre in the middle of the night. The two become friends, and Roy gets the ‘awesome’ summer experience he is looking for! I had a great time reading this fun book, and I think the plotlines were original enough to keep my attention (even if some parts felt a bit familiar – it’s okay). I enjoyed the characters as they felt real and not contrived-- Really liked Roy, but also the others were good too, like Bart. The author writes very descriptively and with a lot of fun energy, so we are never bored—very important for this age range. Like when younger teens can be the ‘heroes’ of the story and do something unusual and special but done so in a somewhat believable manner (not totally contrived or preposterous settings) and that is done nicely here even if there are a few places that test the bounds of credibility… This book is geared toward younger readers, but I think it is written strongly enough to have a wider crossover appeal. A quick book that I read in one sitting – or maybe I just didn’t want to put it down! Recommend for ages 11 and up.
4.5 stars "The Boring Days and Awesome Nights of Roy Winklesteen” is one fun, riveting book that I enjoyed much more than I was expecting to! And even though I didn’t really know what the book was about when I started [[the description is intriguing, but vague, in my opinion]], as the story began to unfold and become clear where it was going, I was having a lot of fun. In a way it reminded me a bit of “Encyclopedia Brown” (one of my favorite series when I was younger)but it definitely has its own special angle, and action/sense of adventure. It was also very intelligently written and kept me engaged – never felt ‘dumbed down’ for a younger audience which I appreciate. The story flowed well, and the author writes very authentically for the age range and genre. Does a great job of making us feel like we are really a part of the story, and I liked how it all wrapped up. A nice message for all. This is a very clean book, no violence or anything which I appreciate. I’d definitely read more from this author in the future. Recommend for ages 10+
I definitely liked “The Boring Days and Awesome Nights of Roy Winklesteen” by Sally Dill and can honestly say I’ve never read anything like it before. Reminded me of a show I’d watch when I was younger on Saturday morning (and I mean that in a good way!) I thought it was well-written and kept my attention from beginning to end – no easy feat usually! It wasn’t cliché or predictable, and I thought for the most part the pacing was great and prose was solid. I liked the narrative voice and energy Dill uses, it feels authentically “younger” (not like an adult ‘trying’ to sound like a kid) and that is hard to fake, in my opinion. And Roy makes a great lead. We can really get inside his head and see things as they develop though his eyes, even though it is written in 3rd person. Good character development with him, and I liked the others too, but I am glad that the cast was small (only a few characters, really) Although at times it probably could have used some more tension, some higher stakes or consequences, and least Roy has a goal that we can get behind, and the light, fun tone of the book will appeal to younger readers. Best suited for the pre-teen/MG crowd, but I can see older adults enjoying this as well as the plot is actually pretty interesting and made me laugh on occasion.
4.5 stars I had a lot of fun reading “The Boring Days and Awesome Nights of Roy Winklesteen” (phew- that’s a mouthful!) because had a really creative and original plot, and overall the writing is very good with near flawless editing. Not what I’d normally read, I admit, but this is an exciting, energetic, and action-packed tale that will appeal mostly to Middle-Grade and Young Adults with fun characters and interesting storylines. The descriptions were vivid, and the conversations felt genuine – I was surprised by a few things that happened, chuckled out loud several times, and felt invested in outcome, especially what would happen with Roy and the Flyer. I liked his relationship with Bart and thought they made a good pair. However, at times I felt like could have been trimmed down some, as there were a few scenes and conversations that didn’t feel necessary for advancing the plot… more like just unnecessary filler or chit-chat. But not bad, in fact I like how the book got right into the action right away when Roy as a “nightlifer” spots an intriguing sight outside his window late at night and sets him on his awesome summer adventure. Liked that it wasn’t predictable, and the ending was really cute. I think this could actually make a fun series to have Roy find more awesome adventures to discover (just not swimming with sharks, lol) Overall and exciting adventure that was a ton of fun and some enjoyable action. I would recommend to ages 12 and up.