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Among the towering fir trees of the Pacific Northwest, a famously elusive creature is in serious trouble. All Elliot wants is a nice, normal day at school. All Uchenna wants is an adventure. Guess whose wish comes true? Professor Fauna whisks the kids--and Jersey, of course--off to the Muckleshoot territory in Washington, where film crews have suddenly descended en masse to Among the towering fir trees of the Pacific Northwest, a famously elusive creature is in serious trouble. All Elliot wants is a nice, normal day at school. All Uchenna wants is an adventure. Guess whose wish comes true? Professor Fauna whisks the kids--and Jersey, of course--off to the Muckleshoot territory in Washington, where film crews have suddenly descended en masse to expose Bigfoot to the world, and the Schmoke logging company is bringing in some awfully large machinery. Can the Unicorn Rescue Society escape the blades of the Schmokes' chain saws? Outsmart a cable news team? And are those big, hairy creatures running through the forest really Bigfoot?


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Among the towering fir trees of the Pacific Northwest, a famously elusive creature is in serious trouble. All Elliot wants is a nice, normal day at school. All Uchenna wants is an adventure. Guess whose wish comes true? Professor Fauna whisks the kids--and Jersey, of course--off to the Muckleshoot territory in Washington, where film crews have suddenly descended en masse to Among the towering fir trees of the Pacific Northwest, a famously elusive creature is in serious trouble. All Elliot wants is a nice, normal day at school. All Uchenna wants is an adventure. Guess whose wish comes true? Professor Fauna whisks the kids--and Jersey, of course--off to the Muckleshoot territory in Washington, where film crews have suddenly descended en masse to expose Bigfoot to the world, and the Schmoke logging company is bringing in some awfully large machinery. Can the Unicorn Rescue Society escape the blades of the Schmokes' chain saws? Outsmart a cable news team? And are those big, hairy creatures running through the forest really Bigfoot?

30 review for Sasquatch and the Muckleshoot

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    The Muckleshoot reservation is the closest reservation to home for me, so it was great to see that Gidwitz worked with not only Native storyteller Bruchac, but with members of the tribal nation as well, and acknowledged the support and work of the tribal cultural director, a Muckleshoot language expert, and the creator of a font (SL Lushootseed Style True Type) that can accurately write the language. For teachers in the area, this would be a fun read.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    This third book in the Unicorn Rescue Society series is hilarious. At least I found it so. I'm not sure if I found it so funny because I was tired when reading it or if the book is just funny. In any case, I enjoyed the silliness found within. And yet it isn't all silliness, it's clear the authors tried to be thoughtful in regards to the portrayal of the Muckleshoot native people. How well they did, I couldn't say because I wasn't familiar with this group before picking up this book. But the Muc This third book in the Unicorn Rescue Society series is hilarious. At least I found it so. I'm not sure if I found it so funny because I was tired when reading it or if the book is just funny. In any case, I enjoyed the silliness found within. And yet it isn't all silliness, it's clear the authors tried to be thoughtful in regards to the portrayal of the Muckleshoot native people. How well they did, I couldn't say because I wasn't familiar with this group before picking up this book. But the Muckleshoot are portrayed as a people in charge of their own land who care for the land and the creatures that live on it. Elliot's ongoing fear of just about anything results in some rather amusing episodes, as does Professor Fauna's incompetence and the inclusion of Jersey, Elliot and Uchenna's Jersey Devil pet. This makes for an enjoyable read for younger middle grade readers who want something less intense than a lot of existing fantasy novels, but just as interesting.

  3. 4 out of 5

    James Biser

    This is another great story as the Unicorn Rescue Society work to save the lives of Sasquatch in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. They work withmembers of the Muckleshoot Native American tribe.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ann Haefele

    Loving this series that I’m reading to my 7 year old granddaughter. Great characters, humor, suspense and a little bit of ecology lessons all packaged into these stories. Enjoyed getting to know the new characters of Mack and Raven in this 3rd story of the series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    PrincessOfParis

    THIS BOOK WAS REALLY REALLY AWESOME 😎 I LOVED LOVED THIS BOOK so now I’m definitely gonna read the hole series twice or maybe three times or more!!! Hey YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK NOW NOW NOW NOW NOW NOW!! I wish I could give you 1,00000000000000 stars ⭐️ so like I said READ THIS NOWWWWWW!!!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Scott

    Girls love this series

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jeimy

    I love the puns and the social critique on this one!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Martha

    Traveling in the Northern Pacific regions of this country recently, meeting some of First Nation people, marveling at their striking artwork, and resolve for preserving their land, I found truly eye-opening! Joseph Bruchac covers this topic brilliantly in Sasquatch and the Muckleshoot. Besides touching on some of the experiences their tribe suffered through, such as forcing the Muckleshoot children to attend Non-Indian schools that disparaged their native culture, we learn that the United States Traveling in the Northern Pacific regions of this country recently, meeting some of First Nation people, marveling at their striking artwork, and resolve for preserving their land, I found truly eye-opening! Joseph Bruchac covers this topic brilliantly in Sasquatch and the Muckleshoot. Besides touching on some of the experiences their tribe suffered through, such as forcing the Muckleshoot children to attend Non-Indian schools that disparaged their native culture, we learn that the United States government took away most of their territory. Before long the main duo of this series, Elliot and Uchenna drop down into Muckleshoot territory during an unexpected accident, and soon meet Mack. Before long he shares some of the Muckleshoot experiences he's suffered through, as the young visitors become rapt to his every word. Mack a brilliant engineer of the Muckleshoot nation, and an old friend of their strange teacher Dr. Fauna, brings the true culture of the Muckleshoot people alive with depth and humor. Mack's constant need to end every story with a pun is hilarious. Bruchac's tale about protecting the Sasquatch with the help of fellow members of the Unicorn Rescue Society is full of suspense and danger for the young members, caused by the malicious Schmoke Brothers. Readers will relate to the main characters of the Unicorn Society's fear (Elliot) and wonder (Uchenna) as they become enamored with Mack and his passsion to save the Muckleshoot's territory and the Sasquatch. A thrilling adventure packed with informative history of the Muckleshoot tribe that readers will love, the illustrations add jus the right flavor.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bree Dumont

    Sasquatch and the Muckleshoot is the third story in the Unicorn Rescue Society series. Professor Fauna pulls Elliot and Uchenna out of school to help the Sasquatch in Washington state. They will work Society member Mac and his daughter Raven (who are part of the Muckleshoot nation) to prevent the Schmoke brothers from destroying the forest where the Sasquatch family live. As usual, Elliot worries and questions everything while Uchenna jumps into the adventure feet first. This series has been a Sasquatch and the Muckleshoot is the third story in the Unicorn Rescue Society series. Professor Fauna pulls Elliot and Uchenna out of school to help the Sasquatch in Washington state. They will work Society member Mac and his daughter Raven (who are part of the Muckleshoot nation) to prevent the Schmoke brothers from destroying the forest where the Sasquatch family live. As usual, Elliot worries and questions everything while Uchenna jumps into the adventure feet first. This series has been a wonderful, fun adventure. This book was shorter than the previous books, but I look further to future escapades with the Unicorn Rescue Society. The audiobooks are voiced by January LaVoy who is one of my favorite voice actors and I would highly recommend giving them a listen. This series is an excellent one for young readers who enjoy the Magic Tree House series.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Megan Green

    Never in my life have I started reading a book in the middle of the series... until now. My son picked this up at the library and even though I tried very hard to persuade him to wait until the first book in the series was available, he insisted we had to check out book three and read it right away. And I think the story suffered a bit for it. Not for him of course, just for me. These books are definitely written so that it's not strictly necessary for you to have read previous books in order to Never in my life have I started reading a book in the middle of the series... until now. My son picked this up at the library and even though I tried very hard to persuade him to wait until the first book in the series was available, he insisted we had to check out book three and read it right away. And I think the story suffered a bit for it. Not for him of course, just for me. These books are definitely written so that it's not strictly necessary for you to have read previous books in order to understand what's going on, but there is clearly a storyline that stretches across the whole series as well. The plot was just okay, nothing terrible, nothing exciting. It's a good book for the target audience, plenty of jokes and a fair amount of action, but a little bit boring if you're outside of the target age range.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Naomi Ruth

    I love the addition of the Muckleshoot tribe and the conversations this opened up. I think it's very important to be happening. I did sometimes have a hard time staying in this book, because I'm having a harder time accepting the fact that this professor can whisk these children off to do dangerous things without the parents being aware. I mean, there are magical creatures, but they're treated very scientifically so there's not a place in the world-building for there to be a magic time-traveling I love the addition of the Muckleshoot tribe and the conversations this opened up. I think it's very important to be happening. I did sometimes have a hard time staying in this book, because I'm having a harder time accepting the fact that this professor can whisk these children off to do dangerous things without the parents being aware. I mean, there are magical creatures, but they're treated very scientifically so there's not a place in the world-building for there to be a magic time-traveling something explanation for why these kids can get back home in time after traveling extremely far distances? But I do love the characters and the diversity and Jersey (because obvs) and I am excited to see what else this series brings to the table.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    Ben is still really enjoying listening to this series, and demanded the next book as soon as we finished this one (and I'm anticipating his disappointment when he realizes there are only 4 out so far!) It was also great timing because we saw a "sasquatch crossing" sign on our camping trip and Ben's eyes just about popped out of his head. The character development and plot aren't substantial enough for me to keep reading on my own, but it's at a great level for an early elementary kid to listen t Ben is still really enjoying listening to this series, and demanded the next book as soon as we finished this one (and I'm anticipating his disappointment when he realizes there are only 4 out so far!) It was also great timing because we saw a "sasquatch crossing" sign on our camping trip and Ben's eyes just about popped out of his head. The character development and plot aren't substantial enough for me to keep reading on my own, but it's at a great level for an early elementary kid to listen to - more complicated and nuanced than something like Magic Tree House, but with enough predictability for a 6 year old.

  13. 4 out of 5

    AMY

    176 pgs. Book three proves that you can never have enough puns or adventure with this group of rescue friends. This time the Professor brings Elliott and Uchenna to the remote area known as the Muckleshoot where suspected Sasquatch may roam freely. Jersey travels with them. The friends have another mystery to solve with the current situation. Mack, a local Unicorn Rescue Society member is concerned about the forest and what is going on with the Sasquatch. The Professor promises to help him. Non- 176 pgs. Book three proves that you can never have enough puns or adventure with this group of rescue friends. This time the Professor brings Elliott and Uchenna to the remote area known as the Muckleshoot where suspected Sasquatch may roam freely. Jersey travels with them. The friends have another mystery to solve with the current situation. Mack, a local Unicorn Rescue Society member is concerned about the forest and what is going on with the Sasquatch. The Professor promises to help him. Non-stop action and humor throughout this one will readers engaged right up to the end. Highly recommended for Grades 4-5.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nick

    I'm not a huge Joseph Bruchac fan. His fingerprints are all over this thing. It lacked a lot of the wit the other two had, the story was slow and ponderous, and our lovable characters were simply swept aside. This was too busy trying to push some Native American agenda than actually telling a story. Our main characters never needed to be there, were there on the flimsiest of circumstances, and did nothing in their own story. Characters had no arc, nobody did anything that made any sense, and it j I'm not a huge Joseph Bruchac fan. His fingerprints are all over this thing. It lacked a lot of the wit the other two had, the story was slow and ponderous, and our lovable characters were simply swept aside. This was too busy trying to push some Native American agenda than actually telling a story. Our main characters never needed to be there, were there on the flimsiest of circumstances, and did nothing in their own story. Characters had no arc, nobody did anything that made any sense, and it just ended. This book wasn't nearly as good as the other two in the series.

  15. 5 out of 5

    April

    Middle grade reader. This falls into the younger middle grade book section as it is squarely for the younger reader. Elliot and Uchenna have another adventure with Professor Fauna. This time they head to Washington state to help the Sasquatch. They meet some members of the Muckleshoot tribe. They foil the Schmoke brothers yet again. It’s a cute story. The timelines might be a little more believable this time since it takes hours to fly to Washington (hmm..well, Oregon since they get off track) an Middle grade reader. This falls into the younger middle grade book section as it is squarely for the younger reader. Elliot and Uchenna have another adventure with Professor Fauna. This time they head to Washington state to help the Sasquatch. They meet some members of the Muckleshoot tribe. They foil the Schmoke brothers yet again. It’s a cute story. The timelines might be a little more believable this time since it takes hours to fly to Washington (hmm..well, Oregon since they get off track) and Elliot is worried about getting home on time at the end.

  16. 5 out of 5

    WheeldonHS

    This serious is such a great combination of fantasy and fact. This particular book mentions the Muckleshoot people who we had never heard of. It even mentioned, in a child appropriate way, the cultural genocide their people suffered. Everytime we read one of these books, we learn about people and cultures we have never came across before which leads to further learning. And the characters are always great!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Fisher

    It's a fiction mythical creature kids book, with three kids and two professors that have to save the sasquatch and their home from the schmoke brothers. Also Snert TV helps the schmoke brothers try to destroy the sasquatch and their home. Will the three kids and two professors be enough to save the sasquatch and their home? You will only find out if you read the whole book. I give it three stars because I liked it but there's better books out there. It's a fiction mythical creature kids book, with three kids and two professors that have to save the sasquatch and their home from the schmoke brothers. Also Snert TV helps the schmoke brothers try to destroy the sasquatch and their home. Will the three kids and two professors be enough to save the sasquatch and their home? You will only find out if you read the whole book. I give it three stars because I liked it but there's better books out there.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Lots of fun . Cute pictures. The book has Native people as characters. I was a bit concerned about representation of the these people and their nation.This book was co-written with Joseph Bruchac of Abenaki heritage and had members from Muckleshoot Nation do sensitivity reading before it was published.The book is a love letter to people who love trees.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    Kids appreciate the support of their actions in this series. They love animals. They love the world. They know something is not right - and these books give them a model for finding their own voice. Yes, it is fiction and so the action taken is exaggerated - but kids have power and can actually do something. That's a great message to give. Kids appreciate the support of their actions in this series. They love animals. They love the world. They know something is not right - and these books give them a model for finding their own voice. Yes, it is fiction and so the action taken is exaggerated - but kids have power and can actually do something. That's a great message to give.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dionne

    Very cute kids book - has some hard truths buried in the lighter text, and ends in a deus ex machina that I don't care for, but the overall story had some good lessons about respecting nature, cautioning against greed, and lessons in Native Peoples' history. My 10 year old son and I enjoyed this tremendously. Very cute kids book - has some hard truths buried in the lighter text, and ends in a deus ex machina that I don't care for, but the overall story had some good lessons about respecting nature, cautioning against greed, and lessons in Native Peoples' history. My 10 year old son and I enjoyed this tremendously.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rhi

    I think this is my least favourite installment. I initially DNFed this in January, and I picked it back up because I need a light, goofy adventure. This wasn't it. I thought it was hard to connect with the characters and tbh found Dr. Fauna to border on obnoxious. Clearly, I'm not the demographic for this story, but I do enjoy a good middle grade. Disappointing 2.5/5 stars. I think this is my least favourite installment. I initially DNFed this in January, and I picked it back up because I need a light, goofy adventure. This wasn't it. I thought it was hard to connect with the characters and tbh found Dr. Fauna to border on obnoxious. Clearly, I'm not the demographic for this story, but I do enjoy a good middle grade. Disappointing 2.5/5 stars.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Michele Knott

    The third installation of the series is just as humorous and fun as the first one. I like the addition of Joseph Bruchac as co-writer to bring in cultural insight about the mythology and Native American tribe included in this book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    This book is delightful! I appreciate how Gidwitz gives proper attention to detail and authenticity. I usually only read one book in a series, but his collaborators are enticing and the mythical creatures fascinating. Think I’ll grab The Chupacabras of the Rio Grande.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Orry gives this book 5 stars. He liked that they got a new Unicorn Rescue Society member. He loled several times! I liked how intentional the authors were around Native representation in general and Muckleshoot tribe in particular. A good series for kids who like speculative fiction light.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Diandra

    I read this books with my 10yo and we really love them. I'm impressed with how throughout the series we get to understand and rely on characters. I'm also finding the environmentalism rooted in these unexpected but radical nonetheless. I read this books with my 10yo and we really love them. I'm impressed with how throughout the series we get to understand and rely on characters. I'm also finding the environmentalism rooted in these unexpected but radical nonetheless.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Em Stevens

    Still enjoying reading this series with my daughter. I love how the author mixes history in and is unafraid to tell the ugly parts. That being said, it felt a bit like the indigenous genocide was glossed over in this, whereas in number 2 it wasn't. Still enjoying reading this series with my daughter. I love how the author mixes history in and is unafraid to tell the ugly parts. That being said, it felt a bit like the indigenous genocide was glossed over in this, whereas in number 2 it wasn't.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ellen

    This book is a win for its discussion of Native American issues alone. It hits on so many injustices and portrays the Muckleshoot people as the people with the power, rather than negative stereotypes that have been prominent throughout history. Plus incorporating an indigenous language?! Writing with Joseph Bruchac?! Win Win Win!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Storytime With Stephanie

    Adventure HD fantastic characters, this series is perfect for younger middle grade readers. I especially LOVED how since the story had an Indigenous focus, an Indigenous writer was brought on board to ensure the readers are getting factual and accurate information.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Aolund

    A fun, fast-paced early chapter book with an exaggerated sense of good and bad. The respectful inclusion of the Muckleshoot first nation is the gem of this book, along with Joseph Bruchac's presence as co-author. A fun, fast-paced early chapter book with an exaggerated sense of good and bad. The respectful inclusion of the Muckleshoot first nation is the gem of this book, along with Joseph Bruchac's presence as co-author.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Terra Wood

    My least favorite of these books so far. There really wasn’t much plot and very little of the humor my kids love. My kids are still liking this series and are looking forward to starting the next one so that says something.

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