In Search of Sasquatch

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What is Sasquatch? Thousands of people believe in it. Hundreds say they have seen it. But the
mystery of Sasquatch has not been solved . . .

Sasquatch, also known as Bigfoot, is a cryptid—a creature of cryptozoology. Cryptozoology is the study of creatures not recognized by traditional science, and it is the quest to understand things that cannot be proven via ordinary channels. Kelly Milner Halls interviews cryptozoologists, linguistics ...

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Overview

What is Sasquatch? Thousands of people believe in it. Hundreds say they have seen it. But the
mystery of Sasquatch has not been solved . . .

Sasquatch, also known as Bigfoot, is a cryptid—a creature of cryptozoology. Cryptozoology is the study of creatures not recognized by traditional science, and it is the quest to understand things that cannot be proven via ordinary channels. Kelly Milner Halls interviews cryptozoologists, linguistics experts, anthropologists, biologists, and regular people like us who have seen, heard, or maybe stumbled across evidence leading them to believe that Sasquatch is real. Serious Sasquatch seekers are as skeptical as unbelievers. They are not out to collect great stories. They are out to put together facts. The difference is, they are willing to keep an open mind. Do you believe in Sasquatch?

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Editorial Reviews

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"[An] impressive one-stop shop for Sasquatch enthusiasts...Halls hits the big points but does not leave out double-take worthy, lesser-known stories."—Booklist
Children's Literature - Elizabeth D. Schafer
Does Bigfoot exist? Readers learn how cryptozoology researchers conduct scientific investigations in an attempt to secure factual proof to clarify if that enigmatic animal is real or mythical. An historical section introduces readers to Native American Bigfoot legends and the origin of the word sasquatch. A chart lists several tribes' names for this creature. The evidence section discusses 1950s expeditions by American Tom Slick and Soviet Union professor Aleksander Pronin to Tibet seeking the Yeti. This intriguing book addresses critical examination of the sixty-six second movie of a female Sasquatch filmed by Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin along Bluff Creek in California in October 1967. Quotations and brief interview transcripts complement text. Montra Freitas recalls her encounter with a Sasquatch when she was twelve. Instructions to document Sasquatch tracks are given: note Sasquatch footprints are flat because they have a flexible midtarsal joint, contrasting with a rigid joint in human feet creating an arch, a difference which helps reveal if Sasquatch prints have been faked. Useful technologies for Sasquatch researchers featured include electronic recorders for cryptolinguists to study Sasquatch sounds and motion sensor cameras. Describes and illustrates search methods utilized during expeditions by Squatcher groups such as Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO). Readers can determine how close they might live to a Sasquatch by consulting maps indicating the quantity of Sasquatch sightings the BFRO has confirmed as credible in specific states and Canadian provinces. Provides a glossary, bibliography, and source citations. Supplement with Joshua Blu Buhs's Bigfoot: The Life and Times of a Legend (2009) and Michael McLeod's Anatomy of a Beast: Obsession and Myth on the Trail of Bigfoot (2009). Reviewer: Elizabeth D. Schafer
School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—Fans of mythical creatures and mysteries will get a kick out of this book. While not as effective in documenting the research process as Scott Reynolds Nelson and Marc Aronson's Ain't Nothing but a Man: My Quest to Find the Real John Henry (National Geographic, 2007), this book does a fair job of presenting the evidence for Sasquatch through stories of people who have dedicated their lives to finding the cryptid. Evidence for its existence might leave many kids unconvinced, but they will likely be entertained anyway. Black-and-white and muted color illustrations and photos of people, lush forests, clues, and Sasquatch itself are scattered throughout, breaking up what could otherwise be a text-heavy book. Readers who find their curiosity piqued will be rewarded in the end; the back matter includes a well-designed map of sightings in America and Canada, as well as information that will facilitate further research. The book makes an appealing individual reading experience, but the short chapters and lively narrative also make for an engaging read aloud, especially for groups of children transitioning to longer books or more sophisticated subject matter.—Heather Talty, formerly at Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School, New York City
Kirkus Reviews

A true believer presents the evidence.

Expanding on a partial chapter in her outstanding Tales of the Cryptids (2006), Halls makes her case by tallying Native American legends, the many footprints and reported sightings (a map of the latter claims hundreds from every state except Hawaii), the famous Patterson-Gimlin film, the recorded "Sierra Sounds" and other circumstantial evidence. She also interviews scientists and Sasquatch hunters, includes an account of early searches for Tibet's Yeti, adds the transcript of a panicky 911 call and even covers some proven hoaxes. She maintains a believer's voice, gently challenging refuseniks: "Serious Sasquatch hunters are as skeptical as unbelievers. They are not out to collect great stories. They are out to put together facts. Proof. The difference is, they are willing to keep an open mind." Illustrated with photos, drawings and archival images aplenty and closing with generous lists of print, Web and video resources this is about as convincing as it gets—considering the continuing absence of any incontrovertible physical proof—and should give young cryptid hunters a good hairy leg up on investigations of their own.

All those hundreds of witnesses and researchers can't be wrong, can they? (Nonfiction. 9-11)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547257617
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/25/2011
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 532,670
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: NC1090L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 11.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Kelly Milner Halls lives in Spokane, Washington.  She is the author of many books for young readers, including Tales of the Cryptids: Creatures That May or May Not Exist and Saving the Baghdad Zoo. Kelly also works with author Chris Crutcher and enjoys doing school visits and talks all over the United States.

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  • Posted August 31, 2011

    Carefully researched exploration of fact and theory

    When I wrote TALES OF THE CRYPTIDS, I sought evidence for and against a collection of popular animals from cryptozoology. I was not convinced they existed, but I didn't assume they did not. As I studied Sasquatch, I grew more and more impressed with the scientists and serious people devoted to discovery -- to finding out if a unidentified species might be traversing the North American wilderness. I didn't have room to report on most of that information, so I wrote IN SEARCH OF SASQUATCH. I do not say, even now, that Bigfoot DOES exist. But after writing this book, I'm willing to say it MIGHT. Exceptional interviews with experts, photographs from investigators in the field and inventive illustrations from Rick Spears. Hope you enjoy the possibilities.

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