The Littlest Bigfoot
By Jennifer Weiner
September 13, 2016
Source: from pub for review
From New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner comes a laugh-out-loud funny and painstakingly real tale of friendship, furry creatures, and finding the place where you belong.
Alice Mayfair, twelve years old, slips through the world unseen and unnoticed. Ignored by her family and shipped off to her eighth boarding school, Alice would like a friend. And when she rescues Millie Maximus from drowning in a lake one day, she finds one.
But Millie is a Bigfoot, part of a clan who dwells deep in the woods. Most Bigfoots believe that people—NoFurs, as they call them—are dangerous, yet Millie is fascinated with the No-Fur world. She is convinced that humans will appreciate all the things about her that her Bigfoot tribe does not: her fearless nature, her lovely singing voice, and her desire to be a star.
Alice swears to protect Millie’s secret. But a league of Bigfoot hunters is on their trail, led by a lonely kid named Jeremy. And in order to survive, Alice and Millie have to put their trust in each other—and have faith in themselves—above all else.
Twelve-year old Alice feels too big, too awkward, too unforgettable. Shipped off to a new school each year, Alice always hopes to make a real friend...but never does. But when she’s sent to an experimental school in the woods, Alice meets Millie Maximus, a true kindred spirit. As a Bigfoot, Millie feels too small, too loud, and too adventurous amongst her kind. Despite Alice being a NoFur (human) and Millie being a Bigfoot, the two girls quickly form a strong friendship, but when some Bigfoot hunters, led by a lonely, misunderstood boy, are too close to revealing Millie and her village’s whereabouts, Alice and Millie must find their courage and rely on each other to save the day.
Jennifer Weiner’s The Littlest Bigfoot is a humorous and heartwarming middle-grade tale about friendship, the beauty in differences, and finding where you truly belong. From body image to bullying, LGBTQ issues, the complexities of family relationships, and beyond, Weiner deftly explores the chaotic, unpredictable, and sometimes painful tween years, with laugh-out-loud humor, authenticity, and thoughtfulness. Young readers will find Alice, Millie, and Jeremy’s lives, thoughts, experiences, and reactions so relatable. Of course, the more fantastical and supernatural elements (we are talking Bigfoots!) are also great and a lot of fun! Weiner introduces a refreshing and intriguing twist on Bigfoot lore and myth, creating a wonderfully detailed and vivid Bigfoot culture.
The Littlest Bigfoot is full of likable, humorous, and interesting characters, Alice, Millie, and Jeremy each offer a unique and engaging perspective, and I really enjoyed getting to know each one of them.
The Littlest Bigfoot concludes with a surprise revelation that has me so excited for more!
My final thoughts: With its clever storytelling, likable characters, and beautiful message, The Littlest Bigfoot is a fun and exciting read!
Jennifer Weiner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of fourteen books, including Good in Bed, In Her Shoes, which was made into a major motion picture, and Who Do You Love. A graduate of Princeton University and contributor to the New York Times Opinion section, Jennifer lives with her family in Philadelphia. Visit her online at JenniferWeiner.com.
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