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Beast: Face-To-Face with the Florida Bigfoot

Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Apr. 2020. 224p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780374313692.
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Gr 5 Up–Adam Parks remembers seeing something in the road that night and despite the policeman’s suggestion, it definitely was not a bear. After a car crash leaves Adam in the hospital and his parents missing, presumably dead, the news reports that he saw a Sasquatch and his lucidity is now in question. Adam, not even knowing what a Sasquatch is, looks it up online and finds hundreds of hits with descriptions of “Bigfoot’”and “Sasquatch.” Off to prove himself, Adam takes off into the black snake and alligator waters of Suwanee River in search of the mysterious creatures and proof that he is right. There, Adam finds an answer and learns that the secrets of the Suwanee are more beautiful than he could have ever imagined. The heavy topics of losing parents and graphic descriptions of eating from dead carcasses may make this title appropate for an older middle grade audience.
VERDICT As with all of Keys’s amazing books, give this to the reluctant reader seeking an outdoors adventure or to someone who loves survivalist fiction.

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