From New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner comes a laugh-out-loud funny and painstakingly real tale of friendship, furry creatures, and finding the place where you belong.
Twelve-year-old Alice Mayfield is uncomfortable in her own skin. Ignored by her family, shipped off to boarding school, Alice slips through the world unseen and unnoticed. More than anything Alice would like a friend. And when she rescues mysterious, spirited Millie Maximus from drowning in a lake one day, she finds one.
But Millie is a Bigfoot, part of a long-forgotten clan who dwell deep in the woods, silent and hidden from the human eye. Most Bigfoots believe that people—No-Furs, as they call them—are dangerous, yet Millie is fascinated with the No-Fur world. Millie is convinced that humans will appreciate all the things about her that her Bigfoot tribe does not: her fearless nature, her lovely singing voice, and her desire to be a star.
Alice swears to protect Millie and her tribe, and the two girls go in pursuit of a place where they both fit in. But what they don’t know is that a league of Bigfoot hunters is on their trail, led by a lonely kid named Jeremy. And in order to survive, Alice and Millie have to put their trust in each other—and their faith in themselves—above all else.
"Weiner makes a winning debut with this witty story of outcasts coming together...well-drawn characters, high comedy and an open-ended finale will leave readers eager for the next installment."
"An engaging tale that helps children to understand both bullying and the difficulties faced by people who in some way deviate from the norm... Enchanting right up to the sequel-beckoning end."
"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."
—School Library Journal
"Bigfoot believers and non-believers alike will enjoy this story that focuses on the importance of friendship and acceptance amidst bullying, loneliness, and a lack of self-confidence."
—School Library Connection
"Plenty of youngsters—legendary creatures or not—will relate to this smartly crafted tale of appreciating your own quirks."
—Bulletin of the Center of Children's Books
"While readers will root for Millie to fulfill her singing ambitions and escape her well-meaning helicopter parents, it is quietly angry Alice and her love/hate relationship with her body that give Weiner’s familiar themes of self-love and respect an astute middle-school voice. Young readers who have ever felt too big or been made to feel small will feel just right in the cheerful glow of Weiner’s contemporary fairy tale."
—New York Times Book Review