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4.15  ·  Rating details ·  1,979 ratings  ·  381 reviews
The search for Bigfoot gets juicy in this funny and touching story that's perfect for fans of Kate DiCamillo's Flora & Ulysses and the movie Smallfoot!

Lemonade Liberty Witt's mama always told her: When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. But Lem can't possibly make lemonade out of her new life in Willow Creek, California--the Bigfoot Capital of the World--where she's f
Hardcover, 308 pages
Published May 2nd 2017 by Crown Books for Young Readers
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EpicReader8 Yes, this is a great book! I also suggest the audiobook, which is read by Tara Sands.

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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Lemonade Liberty Witt's mama always told her . . .
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade

God!!!!! How did I manage to read two death books in one day!!

This middle grade book went straight to my favorites list! And there's Bigfoot!! Yes!!

Lem doesn't want to leave her home when her mom dies but she has to go to the country to live with a grandfather she never knew existed. She's obviously sad and there are some heartbreaking moments in the book. I cried and I laughed because besides all of
This is a story about a Twinkie-eating cryptid stalking the woods of Northern California. And the story of a little girl, Lemonade Liberty Witt, so sad because she lost her mum and has to go and live with her grandfather. Then she meets quirky eleven-year old Tobin Sky, CEO of Bigfoot Detectives Inc, the sole Bigfoot investigator in the small town, also a sad kid as he lost his father in Vietnam and is made fun of by the local kids.... Lemonade (Lem) and Tobin set out to investigate mysterious s ...more
5 STARS!!!


I finished this a couple of hours ago but I feel good saying that this has become one of my favorite books of the year and of all time! This was such a beautiful, hilarious, heartbreaking, and heartwarming read and I want anyone who is reading this review to go get yourself a copy now because this is a book every reader needs in their lives and on their shelves. I'll have a lot more to say in my Book Thoughts video for this but goodness was this an epic read.

It's full of adventure, my
Wow. Loved everything about this story. It had it all. Mostly a wonderful friendship between Lemonade and Tobin. So many emotions while reading this. A must-read. Will for sure be reading this with my class next year.
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic. Almost breathtaking. It's the best middle grade novel I've read in awhile.

I was so moved by this book, and I adored the time period of the setting (1970's). Young people will learn so much about the decade by subtle details, and I was nostalgic for some of the simpler times for being a child in the summer.

Although this is labeled as both a mystery and historical fiction, it's much more a story about grief and the definition of family. Lemonade has lost her mother and she's struggling
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everybody
I loved this book so much! I laughed (a lot), I cried (a little), and had a very warm feeling in my heart when I finished. Very much in the Judy Blume style (specifically her books for younger readers). While this is a "kids" book, I'd say it's a must-read for all ages. I especially loved the friendship between Lemonade and Tobin, and after reading I'm craving some of Mrs. Dickerson's cookies. ...more
Stephen Connor
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 52books2017
A heart-warmer. Set in the mid-70s, in the aftermath of the Vietnam war, Lemonade is in mourning after her mother dies, and so moves to Willow Creek to live with her grandfather.

She meets Tobin, a boy who is obsessed with finding Bigfoot but struggles to make friends with others. Lemonade helps him to deal with his problems, and the two find more than they were bargaining for...

Some of Savage's language and repetition reminded me a little of Kate DiCamillo, and she creates a lovely story of fri
Carol (Reading Ladies)
4.5 Stars

“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!”

Ten year old Lemonade Liberty Witt believes her mom about making lemonade when life gets difficult. However, Lemon faces circumstances that test her lemonade-making abilities. After the death of her mother, she is sent to live in another town with a grandfather she’s never met. Her life gets better when she makes a new friend, Tobin Sky, who is CEO of Bigfoot Detectives, Inc. Yes, there have been suspected Bigfoot sightings in this wooded Nort
Jan 17, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Nicely written for what it is (formulaic middle grade grief book. Cue eye roll.) but gosh it was just. so. boring. Why did I make myself finish it instead of abandoning after the first 50 pages? I guess I thought maybe, just maybe, something interesting and unexpected might happen. Nope. I thought Lemonade was pretty well written as a preteen, except that she tended to freely share her feelings more often and more articulately than is believable for that age. One major beef: Why did all these ad ...more
Megan Rogers
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, own
I read this aloud to my 9 yr old and we both really enjoyed it. The main character, Lemonade Liberty Witt, comes to Willow Creek, CA to live with her grandfather after her mother passes away. She struggles with grief, making friends and deciding where she wants to live long term. She has lots of adventures while working as an assistant for 10 yr old Tobin's Bigfoot Detectives Inc. Lemons takes place in the mid 1970s and has a fun, nostalgic feel to it but is still very relatable for today's kids ...more
Laura (bbliophile)
I know I tend to cry quite a lot while reading, but I really didn't expect a story about two kids searching for Bigfoot to make me tear up so many times. ...more
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Friends, this is an absolutely wonderful story. You all know that I consistently praise Middle Grade books for dealing so well with life lessons, and tough topics. Lemons is a shining example of exactly that. It was fitting, I think, that I was working my way through my own loss right around the time I was in the middle of reading this book. Middle Grade or not, this book really helped me sort things out. As Lemonade learned and grew, I worked my way through my issues right along with her. Which ...more
Phil Jensen
Nov 11, 2017 marked it as notes-on-unfinished-books  ·  review of another edition
Comments after reading the first 33 pages

A plucky girl with a tragic past moves to a small town and makes friends with quirky people.

I've read this story before. As these books go, this one seems to be better put together than The Higher Power of Lucky, but with less engaging details. Although Bigfoot is used as a stronger metaphor, "dog scrotum" is a more interesting gimmick. Of course, it's nowhere near the level of Because of Winn-Dixie, The Great Gilly Hopkins, or Anne of Green Gables, so wh
Milky Mixer
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Move over, Nancy Drew. Lemonade Liberty Witt is on the case! I can't even say how much I loved this book! Whether you're 10, 16, 40, or 66, this book is going to charm you, delight you, move you, and keep you turning the pages with its sweet/tart blend of Goonies-style small town mystery, Judy Blume-style life lessons, and the most endearing, scrappy protagonist y'all will meet! Plus, who doesn't love a good Bigfoot story? Run to your neighborhood bookshop and pick this up right now (unless you' ...more
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this. Had me laughing all the way through with Lemonade and Tobin's dialogue. I won't spoil it but there was a couple of moments which brought tears to my eyes. One moment in particular seriously dared those tears to spill over and down my cheeks. ...more
Nirupa Mathew
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-books, 2017
This was one of Seylah’s favorite reads this fall and she literally harassed me until I agreed to read it. She was absolutely right that I would love it. It was the sweetest youth fiction story I have read since Wonder!
Jan 05, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Listened to this in audiobook form. Very good. Such a great story about finding family.
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I have to admit, the first couple of chapters, weren't really blowing me away. I was enjoying the story but I wasn't completely invested in it. Then I got to Chapter 14 and wow, I was blown away. Lemons, ended up being very good and the closer it got to the end, the sadder I got that it was almost over.

Lem, Tobin and Charlie were all likable, even with their quirks. I liked how Lem's relationships with Tobin and Charlie developed over time. Even though she was hesitant and perhaps even resist
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I simply loved this book. Lemonade Liberty Witt has been told all her life to make lemonade if life hands her lemons, but unfortunately she is handed a lot of unfortunate loss and heartache. This book navigates the murky waters of emotions while maintaining a lighthearted subplot of finding Bigfoot in the surrounding forest. It is a great story for all ages and has something for everyone from humor and wit to character development and triumph. Not to mention suspense and mystery. Sasquatch is a ...more
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! It would be a perfect end of 4th grade, beginning of 5th grade read aloud. Strong Newbery Award contender.
Lemons by Melissa Savage

First, you have to admire the cover... just so pretty... love the colors and the kids.

Next, there are the characters, little Lemonade Liberty Witt who has come to live with her grandfather after her mother passed away and Tobin. Tobin is a darling... you can almost see him with his hat, he is 10 and the owner and operator of Tobin's Bigfoot Detectives Inc. The last character is Bigfoot.. who is big and hairy and hard to find.

The book is funny with a healthy helping of sadness. It has a hea
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Quirky, adorable, and full of Bigfoot fun & lots of heart.
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-sale
Savage draws on her therapist background to offer a kid-friendly view of families navigating grief, trauma, and upheaval... Plus Bigfoot.
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so sweet and quirky. I kept thinking, "Wow. This child's grief is being handled by the writer so delicately and appropriately," and in the author bio, it says she's a family and child therapist. You can tell! The writing is simple, and the story is nothing groundbreaking, but it's a lovely little story and I just loved the characters. It would make a great read for a kiddo who might have had some loss in the past and needs a read that can help them see their grief reflected in char ...more
I loved Lemons so much when I first read it this summer with no kids around, that I chose it for my first read aloud of the year to my grade 5/6 class. Honestly, I didn't spend a lot of time analyzing why I loved it. It is touching, funny, quirky, and has characters that overcome significant hurdles with kindness—all elements for a great first read aloud.

Rereading it aloud to kids has confirmed my choice. They love it. They are rooting for Lem, are a little bit exasperated by Tobin, who has been
Reading is my Escape
It's the very first thing I see when we pull into town.
-opening lines

This is a charming story about a feisty 9 year-old girl (Lemonade Liberty Witt) who is forced to uproot her life to live with her grandfather (who she never even met) when her mom passes away. Willow Creek is the Bigfoot Capital of the world and Lem's neighbor, 11-year old Tobin Sky, is the CEO of Bigfoot Detectives, Inc. Together, Lem and Tobin follow Bigfoot leads and try to capture him on film.

This is a realistic s
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are few authors who can tackle difficult topics with grace and humor, and do so appropriately for a middle-grade audience. Either the character’s tragedy becomes so heavy that it weighs down the book, or the humor takes over and dismisses the character’s pain. It is a fine line for an author to walk, but one that Melissa Savage does well.

Lemonade Liberty Witt is a delightfully feisty young girl struggling under the heavy burden of losing her mother and being uprooted to another part of the
Ryn Lewis
Lemonade Witt has always been able to make lemonade out of the lemons in her life. Until now. Stuck in the woods with her austere old grandfather after her mother’s death, away from her friends and school, and her only social outlet a Bigfoot-obsessed boy named Tobin who wants her to be his assistant (not partner). Reluctantly caught up in the hunt for Bigfoot, Lem slowly begins to find her place among the residents of the town where her mother grew up.

Much like Dirt, Lemons disguises itself as
Jennifer Druffel
This book has it all: likable, believable, quirky characters, adventure, mystery, love, and loss. It is an important story about the loss of a mother and the gain of a new friend. As ten-year-old Lem adapts to her new life in a new town, she becomes the assistant to Bigfoot Kid Detective Tobin Sky. Over the course of the summer, Lem and Tobin's friendship leads to the discovery of something neither of them could have ever imagined.

Lemons, by Melissa Savage, is one of the best books I have read t
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lemons is a delightful chapter book intended for children ages 8-12. As an adult, I loved it, and I will purchase it for my grandchildren.

Lemons features Lemonade Liberty Witt, a young girl whose mother has passed away. Suddenly “Lem’s” whole life is turned upside down. She meets her grandfather, Charlie, for the first time when she moves in with him. Her first friend in her new town is Tobin who founded and is president of Bigfoot Detectives, Inc.

I laughed and cried as Lem and Tobin along with
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