The Big Hairy Secret

Bk. 1. 128p. (Furry and Flo Series). Stone Arch. 2013. lib. ed. $8.95. ISBN 978-1-62370-033-1.
Gr 3–4—Flo Gardener is tired of moving from place to place with her mom and she is especially unhappy about their newest home at Corman Towers. The building is full of spiders; an odd light shines through the floor; and her new neighbor, Furry, seems especially unusual. Will Flo be able to cope with her latest situation and possibly even befriend Furry or is she destined to be lonely and miserable? This is an odd chapter book with too much going on. At first it seems as though it is going to tackle emotional issues regarding the death of Flo's father, her relationship with her mother, and the constant upheaval in her life, but the story quickly veers in a different direction that randomly involves werewolves and spiders and the hint of something otherworldly at Corman Towers. This bizarre tale will appeal to a very limited audience.—Elizabeth Swistock, Orange County Public Library, VA

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