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WHAT’S IN THE BOX: NOVEMBER 2016 MIDDLE GRADE NOVEL

WHAT’S IN THE BOX: NOVEMBER 2016 MIDDLE GRADE NOVEL

Our featured hardcover this month was The Littlest Bigfoot by New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner. If you don’t believe in the legend of Bigfoot, you just might after reading this book. This is a heartwarming story about loneliness, friendship, acceptance and dealing with bullying.  Alice and Millie are both 12-year-olds. Despite the fact that one is a Bigfoot and one is human, they have much in common. But their friendship is dangerous because the hidden Bigfoot world must be kept safe. This is the first book in a trilogy and we understand it is going to be made into an animated feature.

Root Beer Candy and Other Miracles is the debut novel for Shari Green of Campbell River, B.C. Our heroine Bailey is a believer in miracles and she has a tough road ahead. She and her brother are sent to Arbutus Island to stay with a grandmother they hardly know, while their parents are at a Marriage Repair retreat. Their magical summer on the island helps Bailey to have the faith that her future will somehow work out. This book is written in free verse which may be new to young readers, but after a few pages I’m sure they will settle right into the beautiful flow and writing of the book.

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