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3.42  ·  Rating details ·  188 ratings  ·  47 reviews
Welcome to Woundabout, where routine rules and change is feared. But transformation is in the wind....

In the wake of tragedy, siblings Connor and Cordelia and their pet capybara are sent to the precariously perched town of Woundabout to live with their eccentric aunt. Woundabout is a place where the mayor has declared that routine rules above all, and no one is allowed to
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published June 23rd 2015 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Learning English by myself through children's books. I really loved this book! And the vocabulary wasn't so difficult to understand. ...more
Ms. Yingling
May 24, 2015 rated it did not like it
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After the death of their fathers in an unfortunate bomb explosion on the family capybara ranch, Connor and Cordelia are sent to live with their aunt Marigold in the odd town of Woundabout. They are allowed in the town only because their aunt is good friends with the mayor- they meet a boy whose parents desperately want to move into town because they think the air will be good for his sister, who has been injured and is in a wheel chair. Or is the air bad for children? All
May 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
What a delightful and whimsical book. Cordelia and Connors' parents die in an accident on their capybara farm and the children move to the town of Woundabout to live with their Aunt Marigold. Their arrival in Woundabout is perceived as wonderful by some and with trepidation by the Mayor and some of the other town folk. The siblings learn that everyone must follow a routine and that they will have to go away to boarding school and summer camp for most of the year and that they aren't supposed to ...more
Abby Brithinee
May 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
For a story about grief, Woundabout is remarkably uplifting. After the death of their parents, Connor and Cordelia move to Woundabout to live with their Aunt, and the city they find themselves in is strange and still and completely devoid of change or growth. In their need to move on after grieving, they push the city to move on as well, with mixed results.

The characters are young and sweet, curious and strong, and I was really rooting for them. The descriptions in the book are creative and wond
Apr 30, 2019 rated it liked it
An unusual fable about grief, growth, and change.
Jun 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: juvenile
Okay, I read all books that mention capybaras. That's because I have a pet capybara. So I was very disappointed that the capybara in this book is a dog with another name. Except that it swims, it is exactly a dog, and a small dog at that. I had hoped that a children's book would actually strive to teach children something about the subject of their book, but such is not the case in this "middle grade" novel.

So why did I put "middle grade" in quotes? Because the author really talks down to the re
Mar 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really liked this one!
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
This was one from my list to read, and I'm not sure anymore why it was. Two kids tragically lose their parents in an explosion on their capybara ranch, so they go live with their eccentric aunt in this weird town. There's no technology, and a lot of people think that the children arriving is a bad thing. Everyone has their own routine and no one is allowed to change them. The children find this confusing and upsetting. So of course they walk into the perfect way to change everything and everyone ...more
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a fun and interesting book. The story unfolded well and the mysterious town was an intriguing setting. The book did seem to skew a bit young for middle grade and may come across a little bluntly. That said I think the fun of the mystery makes up for this.
Cecilia Rodriguez
Dec 30, 2017 rated it liked it
After their parents die, eleven year old Connor and his nine year old sister,
Cordelia are sent to Woundabout to live with their Aunt Marigold.
Rosen's Steampunk mystery is an allegory about grief and change.
There is also an underlying environmental message about alternative
Sweet orphan book with curious orphans in a mysterious town where nothing changes. I liked the fun adventure and the message of the importance of change in our lives.
Jul 25, 2018 rated it liked it
I randomly bought this book at dollar tree for $1. I didn't realize it was a kids' book. I ended up thoroughly enjoying Woundabout. ...more
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens-lit
An interesting title that reminded me of Series of Unfortunate Events. Two orphaned kids sent to live with an unknown relative and find themselves in peculiar circumstances in a peculiar setting. Felt a little slow in places, redundant in others. Overall, setting and plot are strong enough to carry you through. For readers of SoUE looking for similar titles, this is worth a try.
Katy Noyes
Sep 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I had hoped this would be a 'find' for a book club I run, but on reflection, this is one for already confident readers who enjoy something a little different, rather than a group of differing abilities who may be used to something more straightforward.

This is wonderful though. In a start reminiscent of James and the Giant Peach and A Series of Unfortunate Events, our young heroes, Connor and Cordelia, are left orphaned by an unfortunate accident (not a stampeding rhino or fire) on their
Lisa Wolf
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I can't say enough about this wonderful middle grade novel! Woundabout is the touching -- yet not heavy -- story of orphaned siblings Connor and Cordelia, who go to live with their aunt Marigold in the very weird town of Woundabout after the death of their parents. Woundabout is a strange, strange place, under the firm control of a dictatorial mayor who hates questions and any deviation from routine. The park is brown and dried up, the river barely flows, and wind constantly buffets the cliffs o ...more
May 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
The concept of the plot was very intriguing (kids shipped to live with Aunt after parents die...Aunt lives in crazy town with bizarre Mayor who forbids both "change" and anyone asking questions), however the execution was lacking. The two main characters seemed rather flat. While I appreciated their respective interests in architecture/urban planning and photography, they seemed more of a means to an end than anything else. The continual comparison (Connor would say he felt like [insert architec ...more
After the tragic death of their parents, siblings Connor and Cordelia are taken in by their aunt. Although they've received presents from Aunt Marigold in the past, they've never met her, and are understandably anxious. The town where she lives, Woundabout, is a decidedly strange place too, and children are not welcome there. As the two orphans and their capybara Kip try to settle in, they realize that this is a place where nothing changes. Even the park where they go to play is filled with barr ...more
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Nov 27, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: not-recommended
Rosen, Lev Woundabout, illustrated by Ellis Rosen, 278 pgs. Little Brown and Company. 2015. $17.00. Language: G (0 swears, 0 “f’); Mature Content: G; Violence: G.

Connor and Cordelia were recently orphaned when their parents were killed in an accidental explosion. Now they have moved to Woundabout to live with their aunt. This is a strange town where nothing grows, nothing burns and the mayor has high expectations that the people will never veer from their routines. Nothing must change. The addi
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
2019 Reading Challenge- Read a book you stumbled upon.

*3.5 stars*
For a book I just happened upon in the store, I was pleasantly surprised at what I found! I thought this was a fun and unique story, definitely unlike anything else I've ever read. It does have some similar vibes to the Series of Unfortunate Events series- a dark tale surrounding orphans. The story is a little slow to start but I found that the story picks up after the first 1/3 or so. It definitely won't be a story for everyone, i
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I've had this book for several months now and used it to recover between books. I actually thought it would be more of a graphic novel than words with pictures but despite that it was an incredibly fun book to read that had a powerful message. I hate change but this book showed me that while yes change can be bad it can also be good because without change we become like the citizens of Woundabout-stuck with boring routine. This book made me laugh and worry a little but mostly smile because the s ...more
Jul 31, 2016 rated it did not like it
After an explosion on their parents' capybara-training ranch renders siblings Connor and Cordelia King and their pet capybara, Kip, homeless, they are sent to live with their aunt Marigold in a strange town called Woundabout, where nothing changes and routines rule. The trees in the park are bare, and there is no rushing water in the river. But one day, Connor and Cordelia discover a crank that fits into mysterious holes all over town, and slowly, things begin to change for the better—which is n ...more
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
I really, really loved Lev Rosen's "All Men of Genius," so this was pretty disappointing. While the premise - a brother and a sister move to a town that has banned 'change' - is interesting enough (for the age bracket especially), Rosen clearly should not have ventured into the middle grade sector. He doesn't seem comfortable writing for younger kids - the prose is stilted and over-explanatory. The omniscient narrator explicitly spells out characters' emotions and reactions. This comes off parti ...more
Feb 13, 2015 rated it liked it
I loved the premise of the story and I loved the cover. The second I got my hands on the ARC copy of this book I was sure it was going to go on my short list of middle reader recommendations. The whimsical premise, the non-traditional family and the exploration of deeper themes, it sounded amazing! Unfortunately the writing left a lot to be desired. Every emotion was "told" rather than "shown" and basic concepts were over explained. It seems likely that the author's intention was to make the sto ...more
Karin Schott
Apr 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Grief can keep us stuck. This is the central theme of the story about a brother and sister, Connor and Cordelia, who have lost their parents and are sent to live with an Aunt in the town of Woundabout. The town itself seems stuck, the residents compelled by a rigid mayor to keep their routine and not ask questions. Thus is the mystery that Connor and Cordelia must solve.

I like the book. I wouldn't call it an instant classic but I would say that it remained consistently strong throughout. It is a
Megan Highfill
May 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just finished previewing this to see about recommending it to my students. I'm an elementary and middle school librarian and I'm always looking for new books for my kids. This is an interesting, funny and great read. I love that it is quirky with bits of mystery, science fiction and magic. I also love that the author does not gloss over things. So many middle-grade books assume children are too quiet and innocent to understand realities of the world, and this book respects children's intelligenc ...more
Marathon County Public Library
After their parents’ deaths from an explosion at their ranch, Connor, Cordelia and Kip, their pet capybara, are sent to live with their aunt Marigold in the town of Woundabout. They discover that it is an odd city where routine and conformity rule and nothing ever changes. To maintain the status quo the mayor allows very few children to live there since they could cause change. With their friend Nico, a boy from a neighboring town, Connor and Cordelia uncover a mysterious huge, hidden crank whic ...more
Mar 18, 2016 rated it did not like it
Connor and Cordelia were recently orphaned when their parents were killed in an accidental explosion. Now they have moved to Woundabout to live with their aunt. This is a strange town where nothing grows, nothing burns and the mayor has high expectations that the people will never veer from their routines. Nothing must change. The addition of these two children causes quite a bit of worry, especially as the mayor has lost an important “thing.”

This was a strange book. The writing seemed juvenile
Jun 10, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a whimsical story about 2 orphans and their capybara, who move in with their eccentric aunt in the mysterious, inert, old fashioned town of Woundabout, after their parents die. Since there are many restrictions and secrets in Woundabout, the children must use their natural skills, Cordelia's visual acuity as a photographer, and Connor's strong architectural background guide their search for the secret the mayor of Woundabout won't divulge. The black and white cartoon like illustrations a ...more
Jun 17, 2015 rated it liked it
I received an ARC of this book from Little, Brown in return for my honest review.

Cordelia and Connor are sent to live with their aunt Marigold after the death of their parents. She lives in a town called Woundabout, where change is very much frowned upon. Routine is best. When they discover something has been stolen from the mayor's office, they try to find it and figure out how the town stays the same.

This book is about grief, and yet isn't despairingly sad. You may think you don't want things
Oct 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Woundabout by Lev A.C. Rosen was a great mystery book. The start of the book was sort of confusing, with how Connor and Cordelia (siblings) end up in the strange town of Woundabout with their Aunt Marigold. The whole town is extremely weird. Woundabout gets no internet service and everything is very dull. Most places in town have been shut down by the mayor, who is even more strange than the town. When something goes missing that the mayor thought to be very important, Connor and Cordelia become ...more
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