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Bigfoot Crossing

by (author) Gail Anderson-Dargatz

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Feb 2023
NON-CLASSIFIABLE, General, Thrillers & Suspense, Siblings
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2023
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Feb 2023
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
  • Reading age: 9 to 12


Jay doesn't believe in Bigfoot.

His dad loves hunting for Bigfoot, but searching for a mythical creature in the dark isn't Jay's idea of fun. Especially because he always gets stuck looking out for his little sister while his dad plays with the cool gear, like night-vision goggles. But while out on a camping trip, a large creature starts hunting them, and then Jay’s father goes missing. Jay is forced to start tracking the creature himself while still keeping his sister safe. It turns out that not only is Bigfoot real but it isn't the only threat in the woods. There’s a different kind of monster out here, one who is armed with a gun. Jay must act fast to save his father before it’s too late. And he needs Bigfoot’s help to do it.

This short novel is a high-interest, low-reading level book for middle-grade readers who are building reading skills, want a quick read or say they don’t like to read! The epub edition of this title is fully accessible.

About the author

Gail Anderson-Dargatz, whose fictional style has been coined as "Pacific Northwest Gothic" by the Boston Globe, has been published worldwide in English and in many other languages. A Recipe for Bees and The Cure For Death By Lightning were international bestsellers, and were both finalists for the prestigious Giller Prize in Canada. The Cure For Death By Lightning won the UK’s Betty Trask Prize among other awards. A Rhinestone Button was a national bestseller in Canada and her first book, The Miss Hereford Stories, was short-listed for the Leacock Award for humour. Her most recent novel, The Spawning Grounds, released in fall 2016, was again a bestseller. After nearly a decade of teaching within the Optional-Residency MFA program in creative writing at the University of British Columbia, Gail now mentors writers around the world through her own on-line forums. She lives in the Shuswap, the landscape found in so much of her writing.

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  • Commended, Junior Library Guild (JLG) Gold Standard Selection
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens

Editorial Reviews

“A novel that asks each of us to question our own belief system and to ponder if seeing is truly believing. Highly Recommended.”

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“A fun, spooky, middle-grade read…[that’s] dialogue-heavy, which keeps the pace up and makes for a can’t-put-it-down read.”


“Pulse-pounding…A terrific addition to the high/low canon for readers seeking a thrill.”


“[Many] twists and turns…This reader couldn’t finish it fast enough.”

Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD)

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