Publication Date: July 31, 2015
Story Perspective: Alternating Third-Person
Themes: Friendships, Choices, Self-Discovery
Twelve-year-old J.T. is not the most popular kid at his school. He tends to shy away from others. However, when big-shot Billy Matrix is ready to catch the mysterious Bigfoot/Sasquatch on video, J.T. suddenly has a purpose that makes him excited.
What J.T. discovers is not only something that only legends speak of, but something within himself that he never thought possible.
This book was part of the OnlineBookClub Book of the Day program. It sounded like a fun and sweet read. Though not super spooky, there is the question if Bigfoot (a.k.a. Sasquatch) is a real creature or one that people just imagine in their minds.
What I loved and wished was explored more were the Sasquatches. The way the author portrayed them were gentle, caring, and sweet. I also loved the little unexpected twist at the end; it was very fitting. The only issue I took was that I wanted more scenes with these gentle creatures. Perhaps because it was a children’s book, but the readers only get a snapshot of the Sasquatches. I believe this will be part of a series, so maybe the author will explore the mysterious creatures more.
Most characters were likable and given some background. J.T. is the one we get to know more, and I would also say that Billy was given his time in the spotlight, too. It was nice knowing the antagonist’s backstory and made it sort of easier to sympathize with him more. For the most part, everyone else was fairly one-dimensional, but it was easy to keep track of the secondary characters regardless.
The plot had both its exciting moments and its slightly dull moments. I found anything involving the legendary Bigfoot was fun and exciting, while some of the buildup to certain scenes were less so. Without giving too much away, there was a sequence of events toward the end that I questioned if it sends the right message to children. There was a big action that took place and no real consequence was given to the one who decided that action (if that makes sense). However, I can see children overlooking this due to overall outcome of the story.
Overall, this was a fun and quick read that I’m sure some children would enjoy.
I would recommend this book to upper elementary and middle grade children who would enjoy to read about the infamous Bigfoot. Also, adults who are young at heart may enjoy this tale.
Was this a book of my choosing or one for review?
48 out of 50 books of my choosing for 2018!