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The Bigfoot Files

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  167 ratings  ·  63 reviews
From the author of Hour of the Bees comes another captivating story that deftly blurs the line between reality and magic -- and will leave you wondering What if?

The Loch Ness Monster. The Frogman. Bigfoot. Twelve-year-old Miranda Cho used to believe in it all, used to love poring over every strange footprint, every stray hair, everything that proved that the world was full
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published September 19th 2018 by Candlewick Press
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Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love when a book unexpectedly surprises you and you discover an author you've never read before and knew little about, but find that you give yourself over to their writing with such trust because they are wonderful at weaving their tale. One does not see the cover and title of a book The Bigfoot Files and think: Mother-daughter relationships.

As a boy, like many kids, I was fascinated by all manner of legendary creatures: Loch Ness monster, Bigfoot, the Lizard Man (a South Carolina creature th
Joshualyn Prater
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC copy from netgalley for my honest review, so thank you netgalley and publishers for offering me this book! ♡
The Loch Ness Monster. The Frogman. Bigfoot. Twelve-year-old Miranda Cho used to believe in it all, used to love poring over every strange footprint, every stray hair, everything that proved that the world was full of wonders. But that was before her mother’s obsession with monsters cost Miranda her friends and her perfect school record, before Miranda found the stack of
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
**I received an ARC of this book - thanks so much to Candewick Press for sending me a copy but it didn't change my opinion!**

So, if you know me at all, you know I have to read allllllllllllllllllllllllllllll the YA and MG Bigfoot books. If I even see the hint of the big furry creature, this girl is 245% in. So, when I found a book that not only features my love AND other magical, crytozoological creatures? This girl had to put a lid on herself because she was about to spill over with the feels.

Beth Griffin
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Bigfoot Files is a magical book that makes you want to believe! 12 year old Miranda has lost the magic of her childhood, and is dealing with some very grownup problems. From the pressure of middle school, to the loss of friends, a runaway father, and a mother who acts like a child, Miranda is so stressed she’s pulling out her own hair. She decides to take one last trip with her mom to get their life back on track. The trip turns out to be more of adventure than she bargained for as she striv ...more
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Okay – if you are a fan of Bigfoot, Lochness monster, actually anything like that at all, you need to read this. Person I am a massive fan of anything like this, any animal conspiracies then I am all over it like a fat kid on grandma’s freshly baked cookies. Trust me – I am one of those weirdos that believes that there are still Megalodon’s alive, so receiving The Bigfoot Files in the post was honestly the best thing ever, so I had to read it asap!
This was also a little dark and emotional, and w
Ok, I will admit it, I am fascinated by Bigfoot. Sea monsters, the Loch Ness monster, and all those other mythical creatures draw my attention because their identity is baffling. Do you believe it or do you not? Are those individuals who seek after them weird or are they unlucky? When I saw the title and the synopsis for this novel, I had to read it!

Miranda’s mother studies cryptozoology. Her mother investigates and organizes the hunts for legendary creatures, in the hopes of proving their exis
Em Jay
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley

THE BIGFOOT FILES is the story of Miranda, a hyper-practical girl dealing with her cryptozoologist mother. But there are so many threads to this book, including absent fathers, obsessive compulsive tendencies, friendship fallouts, money worries, school pressures...yet it manages to combat these AND keep a beautifully magical tone.

The scenes in the Fable Forest were my favourite. The imagery Eagar uses is so vivid and ethereal, and the bonding between Miranda and Kat was ten
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book has a lot in it. There is a lot to digest. I applaud the author for doing his with a middle grade novel. Middle grade is often known for its fun, it is whimsical and fantasy filled. Even the realistic fiction is presented this way. I would call this book magical realism. There is a suspension of belief. I mean the title tells you that we are dealing with Bigfoot, right? Miranda is a little girl going on 30 because she feels she has to be the adult to her mother's make believe. In this ...more
Aug 31, 2019 rated it liked it
A fast paced, easy to follow read I would like to rate 3.5 out of 5 stars. I managed to read this overnight and I found this take on Big Foot was quite interesting. Whilst we are following a storyline of chasing big foot, we are also following a story of what it's like to be obsessed with hunting for big foot and the impact it can have with those around them. What I also enjoyed about this book is the big question of "What If" hanging over our heads the entire book. I picked this up as I have ne ...more
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
i really liked that book,it had so much drama and was really enjoyable!

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from LibraryThing Early Reviewers in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Bigfoot Files is an easy book to get wrapped up in.

Lindsay Eagar tells us the story of twelve-year-old Miranda, who feels like she can’t have any friends, because when she brings them home and they discover her cryptozoologist mother, they’ll be mortified. As she’s grown out of the stories of faeries and
Sep 21, 2018 rated it liked it
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I got this book via NetGalley.

This was a unique middle-grade, to say the least. I had never read a book about Bigfoot before, even though I used to be really into cryptozoology. But this is more than a book about Bigfoot.

The mother-daughter relationship was complicated and somehow really relatable. My mom doesn't chase after cyptids, nor have a car with the face of Bigfoot like a Cars (the movie) phenomenon. But it felt close. Miranda's mom's only job is being a freelancer cryptid blog writer, a
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Mirando Cho is tired of being the parent. The 12-year-old student council president is dead set on securing a spot in a leadership camp this summer that will get her out of the house and away from her cryptozoolist mom, Kat. Kat's obsession with mythical monsters, especially the ever-elusive Bigfoot, has taken center stage in her life: bills have gone unpaid, the house is in danger of foreclosure, and neither her father nor her grandmother is interested in helping out. It's time for Kat to grow ...more
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a free advanced copy of this book from the LibraryThing Early Reviewers giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

Miranda Cho is an overachieving teen who is extremely embarrassed by her mother Kat’s career as a cryptozoologist. Don’t know what a cryptozoologist is? They are people who search for the existence of mythical creatures...AKA Bigfoot hunters. Told from Miranda’s point of view, we learn that she is super organized, lives by her lists, is student council president and worki
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Candlewick, I've read this latest book by Lindsay Eagar, out in October. I have previously loved Lindsay's Hour of The Bees, then Race To The Bottom of The Sea, all three realistic family stories of girls struggling to overcome personal (inside family) challenges, brushed with the magic of both believers and non-believers. In The Bigfoot Files, there happens to be a television show that follows and documents those thought-to-be-crazed searchers and believers of beings in our world lik ...more
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Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
What if? Miranda has always been surrounded by cryptozoology -the study and belief of Bigfoot, Fairies, Werewolves and all manner of other creatures. Her house is full of her mum's (Kat) collection of hairs, footprint casts, fairy figurines and photos.

Miranda would share her mum's excitement on their trips around the country, following recent sightings and clues, but lately something's changed. What if it's all fantasy?

Their van, 'the Critter Mobile', is plastered with Kat's website 'The Bigfoot
Jaina Rose
Oct 24, 2018 rated it liked it
This review and many more are available on Read Till Dawn .

Um . . . okay.

I mean, I don't believe in the Loch Ness Monster or the Frogman or Bigfoot or any other fantastic creature for that matter. I like books that play with their existence, or that work them into the plot, but I don't believe they're real.

Miranda's mother does, and she's gone really nuts about proving that they are. And that's great and all, and the book is a nice story about mother-daughter bonding, but at the same time I s
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lindsay Eagar has a way with words. A way of making you feel and see what is happening in and around her characters. It feels magical to me, and I can appreciate what she is doing. This style of writing, explaining things in multiple ways, some literal, many figurative, can bog down a reader not wanting to get lost in the writing. I'd hand this story to a reader that isn't in a rush, one that wants to wander alongside Miranda, finding out who she is and what makes her so, in her own good time.

Jenny Ashby
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
I started, intrigued by the story which seemed to boil down to the same basic bones as several other YA books - a teen who is forced to be the parent in the family thanks to an irresponsible adult. With that in mind I moved pretty quickly through the first half of the book as Miranda enacted her plan to shake her mother back to reality. Although really, I was already questioning what was supposed to happen there. Something on this one trip was suddenly going to open her mother's eyes to how craz ...more
Rebecca Light
Miranda grew up chasing after mythical creatures with her quirky scientist-like mother. Her father left when she was young and she's not sure why or if she'll ever learn the truth about him. As Miranda grows up, she finds herself questioning her mother's beliefs and dreads when she is dragged along on her mother's explorations. She loved tagging along when she was younger, but things have changed now that she is in high school and has more important things like grades and being president of the ...more
J.L. Slipak
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

If you believe in fairies–clap your hands!
If you believe in bigfoot–stomp your feet!

Okay, okay… I did both :)

We all want to believe in magical creatures, mysterious monsters and lore, like bigfoot.
So when I saw this book on the for new publications, I had to have it!

This author has an incredible talent in weaving a tale, drawing in the reader, and making it all seem possible just by using words. You will want to believe by the tim
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The Bigfoot Files by Lindsay Eagar, 371 pages. Candlewick, 2018. $17

Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G; Violence: G.



Miranda is the middle school student body president and is looking forward to the summer leadership camp she has worked so hard for. There is just one thing standing in her way - her mom. Her mom keeps pulling her out of school to go on cryptozoologist expeditions and if Miranda misses any more school she will have to d
Ed Gosney
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Are you a believer? When you’re flipping through channels on your TV, do you stop when you find mention of Chupacabra, Nessie, or the granddaddy of them all, Bigfoot? Do you yearn to be a Cryptozoologist? If you answered yes to any of these questions, or even if you just like a good story with a sense of wonder, then I strongly suggest that you read The Bigfoot Files by Lindsay Eagar, which comes out October 9, 2018, from Candlewick Press.

It’s the story of twelve-year-old Miranda, a smart girl,
Olivia Chin
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
When I was growing up, my dad would take me and my little brother into the woods to look for Bigfoot. I wrote an essay in college about my memories of searching for clues, finding deer tracks, and following after my dad as we trekked along. Looking for Bigfoot wasn't all that serious- or else Dad wouldn't have brought his two children along- but it was interesting. The mystery of Bigfoot drew us in. Was he or she out there somewhere? We weren't sure, but we liked visiting the woods anyway.

It's b
Katie Wechtler
Jul 17, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned-books
I did not come close to finishing this book, but I feel I need to warn off parents who, like me, think this might be a good fit for their 9 year old Bigfoot lovers. IT IS NOT.

Amazon recommends it for the 9-12 year old age range. I started listening to the audiobook with my kids, and chapter one had the protagonist engaging in minor self injurious behavior (pulling out her own hair) and describing how the momentary pain helps her block out the stress in her life. WTF? Nothing in the description
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
What does it take to believe in the impossible? For Miranda it's proof; scientific proof and nothing else. When you have a cryptozoologist as a mother, it's hard to keep your life orderly. Miranda is forced to join her mother, Kat, on trips all over the country trying to find evidence of Bigfoot, fairies, and other creatures most don't believe exist. Miranda is a worrier, a perfectionist, and an ex-believer. She agrees to one last Bigfoot expedition, with the plan to finally make her mother admi ...more
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I picked up this book because of how much I enjoyed The Hour of the Bees, and because my brother told me he saw Bigfoot . . . well, he called him Sasquatch. He lived ten miles up a dirt road in the northern California mountains, alone in his traditional teepee, back in the day. His hikes took him deep in the woods, and I have no reason to doubt his word. So I was curious about this book and wondered what Eagar's attitude is towards the shy and often sought creature. Well, the author did not disa ...more
Dec 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Miranda has had an unusual childhood. Her mother, Kat, is a cryptozoologist. They have traveled all over looking for monsters like Bigfoot. Now, Miranda has grown into a highly organized, highly tense pre-teen. She struggles for perfection, hoping that nobody will notice her very unconventional home life.
I mostly enjoyed this story of how we judge unfairly, even the people closest to us, and how sometimes the thing we are looking for is right in front of us, if we will only choose to see it. I
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-it
Being on a YA kick and also loving Bigfoot, I knew I had to buy this as soon as I saw it. Fortunately, it was everything I hoped for. It's a story about growing up too fast, rebelling by being responsible, and learning to trust your own imagination. Kat and Miranda are such good characters, and the author does such a good job at turning Kat from the antagonist to the hero through the book. If you're a daughter without a father, this one will especially stick with you.

Added bonus: I can now add "
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Miranda’s mother, Kat, is a starry-eyed cryptozoologist who sees magic everywhere, much to the shame and embarrassment of her 12 year old daughter. Miranda wants nothing more than a life solidly grounded in picture-perfect reality. She agrees to one last creature hunt where she plans to confront her mother with the facts, with the impossibility that any of her magical creatures are real, with the inescapable reality that their lives must change course...but the forest has some stories yet to tel ...more
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