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The littlest Bigfoot, Jennifer Weiner

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The littlest Bigfoot
Title
The littlest Bigfoot
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Jennifer Weiner
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Language
eng
Summary
The story of twelve-year-old Alice, a misfit who is ignored by her own family and shipped off to boarding school. She'd love a friend, and one day she rescues mysterious Millie Maximus from drowning in a lake. Millie, it turns out, is a Bigfoot, part of a clan that lives deep in the woods. Alice swears to protect Millie and her tribe, and the two girls try to find a place where they both fit in
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  • Grades 4-7 Alice has gone from school to school over the last few years, and the Experimental Center for Love and Learning is the latest attempt to find a place where the bulky, awkward 12-year-old might fit in. Tucked away in a woodsy corner of upstate New York, the Learning Center is super inclusive, welcoming a wide variety of mold-breaking types. Unbeknownst to the students, their school is near a bigfoot encampment, and there’s one bigfoot—unusually small Millie—who’s feeling just as lonely as Alice, whose large frame makes her wish she could disappear. When Millie starts to drown and Alice saves her, they become fast friends. Meanwhile, another misfit kid—Jeremy—is on the hunt for a bigfoot camp, after he catches a glimpse of the fabled beast while out in the woods. Weiner alternates among Millie’s, Alice’s, and Jeremy’s perspectives, and each character emerges with a distinctive voice and well-rounded personality. With descriptive writing, lots of bookish references, and a cliff-hanger ending, this series starter will have plenty of appeal. -- Pino, Kristina (Reviewed 8/1/2016) (Booklist, vol 112, number 22, p68)
  • Gr 4–6—Weiner's middle grade debut tells the story of Alice, a 12-year-old girl who is ostracized and bullied because of her larger size and unruly hair. Alice begins attending the rural, offbeat Experimental Center of Love and Learning—the eighth school to which her wealthy parents, who want little to do with her, have sent her—where she rescues an unusual girl named Millie from drowning in the lake. Millie is a young Yare, or what humans commonly refer to as "Bigfoot," but she is small and fascinated by human life, unlike the rest of the larger, stronger Yare in her tribe, who forbid her from interacting with "No-Furs," or humans. Alice and Millie quickly bond, but Millie is soon threatened when she is spotted by a painfully average boy named Jeremy, who hopes to carve out his own niche by discovering Bigfoot. Weiner's three young outcasts are well-developed as each seeks belonging, acceptance, and friendship. While Alice loathes her hair and size, Millie admires these attributes and insists Alice is beautiful and strong, and the novel concludes with a feeling of camaraderie and inclusivity as the teachers and students at the Experimental Center stand up for Alice and Millie. The epilogue leaves several unanswered questions, creating an opening for a sequel. VERDICT A heartwarming tale about friendship and belonging that will resonate with those young readers who have ever struggled to fit in or find their place in the world.—Laura J. Giunta, Garden City Public Library, NY --Laura J. Giunta (Reviewed 08/01/2016) (School Library Journal, vol 62, issue 8, p97)
  • Two girls, one a human and one a Yare, or Bigfoot, feel that they don't fit in with their families and communities. Aside from the fact that they are all white, large, 12-year-old Alice, with her hugely unruly hair, looks quite different from her beautiful, distant parents. She's been mocked and bullied at all seven schools she's attended. When her parents send her to the Experimental Center for Love and Learning in upstate New York, things seem to be different. The school lies in a beautiful setting near a forest and a lake—across which lives Millie, a very small Yare child. The Yares, known to humans as Bigfoots, live in secret, constantly fearful that humans will discover, then kill or imprison them. Millie, however, wants to learn about the No-Furs, cherishing a desire to become a singer in the No-Fur world. Inevitably, Millie and Alice become friends, but it leads to discovery of the Yares. Will the Yare community be forced to move to escape the humans? Or can Alice and Millie find a way to keep the secret? Weiner writes an engaging tale that helps children to understand both bullying and the difficulties faced by people who in some way deviate from the norm. She alternates the narrative between Alice and Millie, giving the Bigfoots humorously distinctive vocabulary: "snackle" for "snack," for instance, and "a straightness" for "straight." Enchanting right up to the sequel-beckoning end. (Fantasy. 8-12)(Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2016)
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Weiner, Jennifer
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Index
no index present
Intended audience
Ages 8-12
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 6
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True
Series statement
Littlest bigfoot
Series volume
1
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  • Sasquatch
  • Boarding schools
  • Self-esteem
  • Girls
  • Friendship
  • Survival
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
The littlest Bigfoot, Jennifer Weiner
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Map on end pages
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volume
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rdacarrier
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Control code
000058554222
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First aladin hardcover edition.
Extent
289 pages
Isbn
9781481470742
Lccn
2016021758
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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map
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(OCoLC)939707954
Label
The littlest Bigfoot, Jennifer Weiner
Publication
Copyright
Note
Map on end pages
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
  • cartographic image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000058554222
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First aladin hardcover edition.
Extent
289 pages
Isbn
9781481470742
Lccn
2016021758
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
map
System control number
(OCoLC)939707954

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