Author: Lindsay Eagar
Genre: Middle Grade
Publish Date: October 9, 2018
Taken from Goodreads
From the author of Hour of the Bees comes another captivating story that deftly blurs the line between reality and magic—and will leave you wondering What if? The Loch Ness Monster. The Frogman. Bigfoot. Twelve-year-old Miranda Cho used to believe in it all, used to love poring over every strange footprint, every stray hair, everything that proved that the world was full of wonders. But that was before her mother’s obsession with monsters cost Miranda her friends and her perfect school record, before Miranda found the stack of unopened bills and notices of foreclosure in the silverware drawer. Now the fact that her mom’s a cryptozoologist doesn’t seem wonderful—it’s embarrassing and irresponsible, and it could cost them everything. So Miranda agrees to go on one last creature hunt, determined to use all her scientific know-how to prove her mother, once and for all, that Bigfoot isn’t real. Then her mom will have no choice but to grow up and get a real job— one that will pay the mortgage and allow Miranda to attend the leadership camp of her dreams. But when the trip goes horribly awry, will it be Miranda who’s forced to question everything she believes?
First of all, I was super excited to get this ARC from NetGalley, Candlewick Press, and Lindsay Edgar, thank you so much for this copy! It seemed like such a fun story, especially having grown up in the Pacific Northwest with tales of Bigfoot and even Bigfoot festivals. It only seemed natural to want to read this chapter book and I’m so glad I did!
This story is mostly set in the Olympic National Forest in Washington State. I used to live not far from here and it’s just beautiful, lush and green unlike any forest I’ve been in! If Bigfoot exists, I bet he’d be here!
The real story here is not in searching for Bigfoot or whether you believe. The real story is the relationship between Miranda and her mother. Miranda likes to be organized and plan for everything and her mother couldn’t be more different, and it is embarrassing for her. Her mom spends her days searching for Bigfoot, analyzing scat samples, preserving footprints and updating her Bigfoot blog.
I think every child at this age can relate to feeling like you know everything and your parents are total losers. I know, I did as a kid! But as the story goes on, things don’t go exactly as Miranda has planned, and just maybe she doesn’t know everything she thought she did.
This is an awesome middle grade book, I just loved it! I love the magical feeling of the mother and daughter on their trip together and how they work through their differences!
I will definitely be looking for more from this author! All my opinions are my own and this book will be published October 9, 2018 and you can find it on Amazon at the link below.
Have you read this one? Will you be looking for it? Have you read The Hour of the Bees?
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