Twelve-year-old Alice, a misfit who is ignored by her own family, is shipped off to boarding school. 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.
About the Author
Jennifer Weiner (b. 1970) is a bestselling novelist, television producer, and former journalist. She achieved recognition with her first book Good in Bed, a novel shaped by her own early experiences trying to balance love and work. She followed it up with In Her Shoes, which was later turned into a movie of the same name. To date she has written over a dozen books, many of which have become bestsellers. She has also been an outspoken critic of the pejorative label "chick lit."
Date of Birth:March 28, 1970
Place of Birth:De Ridder, Louisiana
Education:B.A., Princeton University, 1991
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I’ve enjoyed several of Jennifer Weiner’s adult books, especially Little Earthquakes, so when I saw that she’d written a middle grade book, I had to snag an ARC at BEA. I enjoyed this story, but the execution wasn’t as good as I would have hoped for. Jennifer often writes about characters who have issues with their body image or don’t fit in well with other women, and this middle grade book is similar. It’s about two young women who stand out in their communities. Millie is the smallest in her tribe of Yare, a.k.a. Bigfoots. She is the chief’s daughter, posed to take over when he dies, but far too interested in the No-Fur (human) world. Alice is a large girl with an uncontrollable mane of hair who’s been kicked out of school year after year. This year she’s landed at an experimental school in upstate New York right across the lake from Millie’s clan. The girls start an unusual friendship and fight against the powers that be. It’s fun and cute, and I know young kids will enjoy their tale. Also in the mix are Jeremy and Jo, also teens who don’t fit in and are obsessed with hunting Bigfoot. They met over an online quiz that Jo gives to Jeremy and they have a lot of sophisticated technology, and medical equipment at their disposal. Jeremy attends the local middle school, and Jo, who is wheelchair bound, is home schooled. I enjoyed all of the characters. Even the bully, Jessica, is well written. But the issue I had was with the pacing. The exposition is almost half of the book. I think this is going to be a series, given the number 1 on the spine of my ARC, but even still, it was a lot of introduction before the action got started. Also, the book alternates between Alice’s, Millie’s, and Jeremy’s points of view, and it often backs up to re-tell a portion of the story from another perspective. It seemed to slow things down even more. The last 50 pages or so were high action and great suspense, so I have great hopes for the future books in the series. I will definitely come back for more, but this first book was a little slow going. http://www.momsradius.com/2016/09/the-littlest-big-foot-mg.html