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Little Bigfoot, Big City: The Littlest Bigfoot, Book 2

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Tender, wise look at tested friendship amid paranormal plot.

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The close bond between two misfit girls -- one in the human world, the other in a Bigfoot village -- is strained nearly to the breaking point in the second book in Jennifer Weiner's sensitive series. After bonding over their shared feeling that they don't belong, Alice and Millie are pulled apart by their pursuit of very different goals in Little Bigfoot, Big City. Newcomers to the series will catch up quickly, but readers of the first book will better appreciate the emotional depth.

Weiner is strongest when she probes the acute pain of losing faith in a friend and seeing your good intentions harm others. The diverse characters -- spanning gender, ethnicity, and ability -- allow her to reinforce explicit and subtle lessons on compassion. The plot takes some jarring turns toward an abrupt cliffhanger, and some of the developments raise troubling questions (why would a loving parent create an emotionally distant facade?). But Weiner's skill with her characters' emotional lives makes it worth the sometimes bumpy ride.

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