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Title:
The sasquatch escape / by Suzanne Selfors ; illustrations by Dan Santat.
ISBN:
9780316209342

9780316225694
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York ; Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 2013.
Physical Description:
214 pages : illustrations, map ; 20 cm.
Abstract:
Spending the summer in his grandfather's rundown town, ten-year-old Ben meets an adventurous local girl and together they learn that the town's veterinarian runs a secret hospital for imaginary creatures.
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Summary

Summary

When Ben Silverstein is sent to the rundown town of Buttonville to spend the summer with his grandfather, he's certain it will be the most boring vacation ever. That is, until his grandfather's cat brings home what looks like . . . a baby dragon?

Amazed, Ben enlists the help of Pearl Petal, a local girl with an eye for adventure. They take the wounded dragon to the only veterinarian's office in town -- Dr. Woo's Worm Hospital. But as Ben and Pearl discover once they are inside, Dr. Woo's isn't a worm hospital at all -- it's actually a secret hospital for imaginary creatures.

After Ben accidentally leaves the hospital's front door unlocked, a rather large, rather stinky, and very hairy beast escapes into Buttonville. Ben and Pearl are tasked with retrieving the runaway creature, and what started out as an ordinary summer becomes the story of a lifetime.

Suzanne Selfors delivers a wild journey filled with mythical creatures and zany adventures that are anything but imaginary.
This book includes bonus writing, art, and science activities that will help readers discover more about the mythological creatures featured in The Sasquatch Escape . These activities are designed for the home and the classroom. Enjoy doing them on your own or with friends!


Author Notes

Suzanne Selfors was born in Munich Germany in 1963. She was educated at Bennington College in Vermont, and then graduated with honors from Occidental College in Pasadena, California, in Documentary Film Production. She went on to receive an MA in Communications from the University of Washington.

She started writing seriously in 2002. She began by writing two novels for adults. Her first middle grade children's novel, To Catch a Mermaid, was published in 2007. She followed this with Saving Juliet, published in 2008. In 2015 her title Next Top Villain, made The New York Times Best Seller List.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

When 10-year-old Ben Silverstein arrives in smalltown Buttonville to stay with his grandfather, he is prepared for the most boring summer ever. Buttonville has its share of excitement, however, starting when Ben and a local girl named Pearl see what looks like a dragon flying to the newly opened "worm hospital" outside town. When Ben discovers an injured dragon hatchling, he and Pearl head to the hospital, which is actually a refuge for imaginary creatures (including that other kind of worms-dragons) run by the mysterious Dr. Woo. While there, Ben accidently releases a sasquatch, and he and Pearl are sent to retrieve it. Selfors (Smells Like a Dog) has created an entertaining story that will pique readers' interest from the first dragon sighting. Ben is a relatable main character, and daring, outspoken Pearl is the perfect partner in crime. Santat's characteristically dynamic illustrations (not all seen by PW) complement a story that will have readers eager for the next book in the Imaginary Veterinary series. Ages 7-12. Author's agent: Michael Bourret, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. Illustrator's agent: Jodi Reamer, Writers House. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Horn Book Review

While Ben is spending the summer with him, Grandpa's cat catches a baby dragon. Ben and local girl Petal take it to the only vet around, Dr. Woo's Worm Hospital, which is actually a secret haven for imaginary creatures; a wild search mission for an escaped sasquatch, captured exuberantly in Santat's illustrations, ensues. Information on fantastical creatures and related activities are appended. (c) Copyright 2013. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.