The first thing Lemonade Liberty Witt sees when her social worker drives her into Willow Creek, California, is a kid with a safari hat striped tight under his chin running across the road. Which is weird, but everything about Lem’s life is weird right now.
Lem has just lost her mom, and she’s being dropped off to live (temporarily, maybe) with a grandfather she hardly knows. A grandfather who eats bran for breakfast, not Life cereal, has no Twinkies in the cupboard, and can’t seem to figure out Lem doesn’t like tomatoes in her egg salad. There’s no fluffy rainbow comforter on her bed, no favorite teacher, Miss Cotton, no old friends, and no stars on the ceiling. Everything is wrong.
So when Tobin Sky, owner of the above-mentioned safari hat and founder of Bigfoot Detectives, Inc., decides that Lem should be his new assistant Bigfoot detective, Lem agrees only for something to do until she gets to go home. Which is how she gets involved in what has the potential to be the greatest scientific discovery of the 20th century – actual, concrete proof of the Bigfoot’s existence. And suddenly, a summer of waiting to go home turns into a summer of camping expeditions, footprint castings, vegetable thievery, a lot of cookies, a few Twinkies, a little serendipity, and maybe, just maybe, a new place to call home.
Full of heart, humor, healing, and maybe a Bigfoot or two (keep your eyes open and your Polaroid ready), Minnesota author Melissa Savage’s debut novel was a marvelous story of family, friendship, and making lemonade when things get tough. I loved Lem’s growing relationship with her grandpa Charlie, and neighbors and fellow Bigfoot enthusiasts Mrs. Dickerson and Mr. Harold will make you cheer for awesome adults (sometimes hard to find in kids’ books!). Tobin definitely hits my top 5 of great sidekicks (although he would argue that Lem is his sidekick, thank you very much!) and his mom’s love for her son and his friends sparkles through the pages. Joining the ranks of Kate DiCamillo, Sharon Creech, and Holly Goldberg Sloan, Lemons is for anyone who loves a good summer story that’ll make you thrum with happiness. Add it to your beach bag soon!