The Boring Days and Awesome Nights of Roy Winklesteen

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After befriending a quirky neighbor, a sheltered boy, longing for adventure, gets caught up in a nocturnal world of crime-fighting antics where he struggles to obtain a balance between too much risk and no risk at all. More

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About Sally Dill

I am a nightlifer (night owl) who is terrified of the dark. Ironic—I know—but I wouldn’t want my life to be any other way. I have no doubt that the fear of what I can’t see heightens my imagination, while the nighttime freedom, inspiration and quiet provide the ideal environment for me to transform my thoughts into reality. Of course, when you're up most the night, the demands of a nine to five world often feel like a cruel conspiracy against the light bulb and all those who take full advantage of its potential.
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 (night owls), 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.

Obviously, writing will never be all that I do. I am still a mother, wife, domestic CEO, part-time employee and caretaker to one very spoiled dog. I hope, however, writing eventually becomes much more of what I do.


Review by: LauraClarke on April 10, 2018 :
"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
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Stacy Decker on April 10, 2018 :
4 1/2 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.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Claire Middleton on April 9, 2018 :
"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.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Kaylee Stevens on April 9, 2018 :
Okay 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.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Samantha Ryan on April 9, 2018 :
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+
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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