Into the Woods

J. Torres
Faith Erin Hicks

Bored while visiting his grandmother for the weekend, Rufus, an ordinary ten-year-old boy, ventures into the nearby woods after he spies his young neighbor Penny heading there. A city kid, Rufus quickly loses sight of Penny, but while making his way back to Grammy's, he's drawn to an unusual object he sees hidden inside a tree: it's a totem, carved out of wood and hung on a cord. Rufus places the odd-looking thing around his neck and reads out loud the word inscribed on it: “Sasquatch.” Suddenly, strange things begin happening all around him --- and to him. Rufus doesn't know what's going on, but he's sure of one thing. He'll never be ordinary again!

This is the first title in the unique Bigfoot Boy graphic novel series by award-winning author J. Torres. This intriguing story about an everyday kid who unexpectedly finds himself with a special power will have young readers hooked from the start. The artwork by Eisner Award-winning cartoonist Faith Erin Hicks keeps the action moving at a fast pace. With talking animals, likable characters and a plot steeped in magic and mystery, this compelling tale told in pictures and snappy dialogue will be a popular choice for newly independent readers, with particular appeal to reluctant readers. Inspired by the mythologies of the Pacific Northwest, it could also work in the classroom as an introduction to folklore and mythology.

978-1-55453-711-2 | Sep 1, 2012
List Price: USD $17.95, CAD $17.95
4-color 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 100 pages
Grades: 2 To 5 / Ages: 7 to 10

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Awards & Reviews

“... magic, humor and just a hint of menace. ... This one gets everything just right. Be prepared for young Sasquatch fans roaring for more.”
— Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review, June 2012
“A solid introduction to a new adventure series, and young readers will clamor for a second volume.”
— Booklist, September 2012
“The rich, expressive full-color artwork shines, adding humor and ably carrying the story.”
— School Library Journal, November 2012
2013 - Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award, Canadian Library Association, Short-listed
2013 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner
2012 - Best Children's Books of 2012, Kirkus Reviews, Winner

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