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The new novel from Jill Wolfson—an exciting, fresh voice in middle-grade fictionWhitney has been in so many foster homes that she can give a complete rundown on the most common varieties of foster parents—from the look-on-the-bright-side types to those unfortunate examples of pure evil. But one thing she doesn't know much about is trees. This means heading for Foster HomeThe new novel from Jill Wolfson—an exciting, fresh voice in middle-grade fictionWhitney has been in so many foster homes that she can give a complete rundown on the most common varieties of foster parents—from the look-on-the-bright-side types to those unfortunate examples of pure evil. But one thing she doesn't know much about is trees. This means heading for Foster Home #12 (which is all the way at the top of the map of California, where there looks to be nothing but trees) has Whitney feeling a little nervous. She is pretty sure that the middle of nowhere is going to be just one more place where a hyper, loud-mouthed kid who is messy and small for her age won't be welcome for long.Jill Wolfson has woven together the stories of an irrepressible foster child and a deeply divided small town with incredible humor and compassion....

Title : Home, and Other Big, Fat Lies
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ISBN : 9780805076707
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Number of Pages : 224 Pages
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Home, and Other Big, Fat Lies Reviews

  • Priscilla Herrington
    2018-12-07 03:14

    Whitney, better known as Termite - or better still, the Mighty Termite - is going to her twelfth foster home. A city girl, she can tell you all about dangerous and phony foster parents, nasty foster siblings, how to run away in the midde of the night, and how to survive on the streets. But this time she is going to nothern California, to the heart of logging country. And Termite shares with the reader what she learns about trees and the forest and nature - and about human beings and trust.The Mighty Termite is an engaging narrator. She is a survivor and doesn't waste much time feeling sorry for herself. It is left to the reader to understand how difficult it must be to be a foster kid. For those who haven't been in care, there may be some surprises here. Although this is a YA novel, its ring of truth will captivate adult readers.

  • Courtney Tucker
    2018-11-12 05:09

    Whitney is on her way to her twelfth foster home and is eager to meet her new foster family. Feeling wanted and loved in a family is a feeling that Whitney is not familiar with at all. After being moved around her entire life between foster homes, Whitney has lost hope in finding a place where she is happy at. Once Whitney and her social worker arrive at the new foster home, she is already dissatisfied with her new home in the giant redwoods of Northern California. She has her suspicions that this new family of loggers is taking her in just to receive money monthly. Her suspicion is confirmed and Whitney is unhappy by the outcome. School will be an entire new obstacle for Whitney to overcome and meeting new friends will be another challenge all on its own. Whitney will need all of the luck she can get to survive moving to another foster home.

  • Peggy
    2018-12-03 05:00

    Take Bud Caldwell of "Bud not Buddy", make him a girl and plop him into a modern day Carl Hiassen-like ecological novel and you have the heroine of this story, a funny, plucky foster kid who lands in a California logging town. The dialog and characters ring true to me, and I think they will to young readers also. A full cast of characters, not least of whom is the California redwood. Lots for kids to think about, and lots of possible tie-ins to family, foster system, and ecology. Grades 5-8.

  • Lori
    2018-12-06 02:15

    This book is great. It is about a foster girl who gets moved to a dying logging town in Northern California after spending her entire life being bounced around in the city. It is about her desire and efforts to fit in. I loved every minute of this book and read it really quickly.All of you English teachers out there, I think you should make your classes read this one.

  • Laura
    2018-11-19 03:10

    I chose this book for its title and because I need to read books in preparation for the next unit on Social Issues. Termite is a foster kid. She's ADHD. She's independent.I like how the ecological movement was worked into the story. It wasn't heavy-handed, just a matter of curiosity. I like how naturally everything flowed. No big drama. Just natural.I'm going to recommend this book because good modern realistic fiction can be hard to find.

  • Ellie
    2018-11-23 02:12

    This is a heartwarming YA book about growing up between foster homes and finally finding a place to call home. It's quick to finish and has a cute storyline about becoming an "insider" in this community.

  • Donia
    2018-11-24 07:19

    Great read for a foster youth. I will add it to the bookshelf in the office.

  • Dana Stabenow
    2018-11-13 05:02

    Great voice in this story, told by Whitney, hyperactive, motor-mouthed, very experienced foster child on her way to a new foster home in the redwood forests of northern California. The spotted owl has put the whole town of Forest Glen out of work, and Forest Glen is surviving by taking in foster children at $708 a month per child. Whitney, now known by her new name, Termite, is all on the surface, beginning with grace.“And I hope, heavenly Father...” Mrs. McCrary prompted. “And I hope”--I gave it some thought--”that no one here chokes on this food and croaks. Amen.”Termite reminds me a little bit of Jimmy Stewart in Shenandoah that way. Like any sensible sixth grader she hates being the new kid in class, but she’s been the new kid in class a lot and she has a strategy.Aim for immediate high noticeability. It doesn’t matter what kind. Just get noticed. Be a soldier parachuting into the middle of a battlefield, landing in the muck with a big, fat smack of your shoes. Ta-da! I’m here! That’s my style Don’t wait for them to sneak up and ambush you. They’re going to call you a weirdo anyway, so be THE weirdo. Be it proudly.And proudly she does, only along the way she discovers trees, and dogs, and friends, and banana slugs, and even a family. The conflict between loggers and environmentalists is a little too easily resolved but Termite and friends are great company for a few hours. Recommended.

  • Kristine
    2018-12-02 05:22

    Since becoming a foster parent I've had an increased interest in literature that tries to handle the sensitive topic. I give this 4 stars because it's the best I've read so far. I still think there's probably something better out there . . . but most YA lit doesn't have a lot of the gritty, difficult facts of life these kids face -- it kind of glosses over it (sometimes in a farcical way, which I find maddening). I liked the main character, Termite. I like the perspective and strengths and weaknesses the author gave her. I also like how the book really showed some of the ugly side of the foster system . . . there were always good and bad foster kids; good and bad social workers; good and bad foster families; etc. Much more realistic. What I didn't like is how the author resolved the book. Books in this genre usually try to tie everything together with one big smiley-face stupid plotline. This wasn't much better - kindof a strange environmentalist tangent - I think the book could have had more meaning if it delved deeper into Striker's perspective of the forest growing back, because the loggers always replant; thus creating a symbiotic relationship (kinda).

  • Donalyn
    2018-12-10 07:11

    11-year old Whitney is on her twelfth foster home. Taken to live with another family, this time in the timber country of Northern California, she doubts this assignment will turn out any better than the other ones.The logging industry in her new town has dried up because of disputes with environmentalists and automation. Families in the area have taken in scores of foster kids to earn extra money. Whitney, who callls herself Termite, and the other fosters form friendships and discover a love for the forest-- starting an environmental club and adopting a stretch of highway.When Termite and her friends fight to save an old redwood tree, she finds herself in opposition to her foster family and the entire town. While I was reluctant to read another book starring a spunky foster child, the characters captivated me. Whitney's trips to the forest and her relationship with her foster brother, Striker, added a tender dimension to the story. The resolution seemed a little too neat and perfect, but kids will like the happy (ish) ending.

  • Lynae Herndon
    2018-11-12 05:55

    With no end in sight, it's hard for a foster kid to stay positive after going to 11 different homes, especially while headed to the twelfth. Jill Wolfson's character Whitney, better known as Termite, is very refreshing, using humor to make her life seem a whole lot worse. This tear-jerking coming of age story has all the show of an independent girl, just wasting her time until she can live on her own, with the heart of a girl, just looking for a place to truly go home. With the theme of saving the ecology of a once-logging town, who couldn't fall in love with a 'Termite' trying to save a tree, that all of her friends also want to save, and doing it just the right way as to tug at the heart-strings of a town's people trying to save their lifestyles. I would recommend this book for any who want to find a little hope for the world, and all that need a little break from the day-to-day bustle of the world.

  • Nicole
    2018-11-21 04:11

    This book is about a young orphan named Whitney. When she was a baby she was put in foster homes but none of the families wanted to keep her. Whitney has suffered a lot and is probably traumatized because when she was 5 years old one of the foster families had her on drugs! The foster homes that Whitney was put in were not the greatest because they neglected her and treated her bad. She never had any friends at school and she was bullied because she was short. I liked this book because it shows how people should be thankful for what they have because a lot of young kids have no idea how hard it is to survive when you have no one to depend on but yourselves. I liked the book because even when Whitney was under drug and had bad experiences in foster homes she manages to look on the bright side and try to find a nicer parents that will love her and take care of here. I can't imagine how hard it was for whitney to live with those monsters called foster parents.

  • Samantha H.
    2018-11-22 07:56

    This book is .... a good book and I have learned that if you are adopted you have alot of emotions. :^) The girls name is Whitney she is the type of girl who stands strong. She is moving place to place she meets familys every.... well, about every month anyway. She is with a family now that is treating her really well but they are kind of poor so it is hard; for them to support their family. She goes into this forest one day and finds a big fat tree and there are bones around it with feathers sticking out and a candle half burned then when she goes home she can't get it out of her head. Then she goes back the next day with a friend and then there is a different candle there and her and her friend are really scared.!!

  • Davina
    2018-12-07 05:12

    This is another one that I wish I could give 3 and a half stars to. Whitney--aka Termite--is a foster kid who just moved to home number 12, in a depressed logging town where a lot of families have taken on fosters as a new means of income. Living in a rural community is new to Termite--who is ADHD on steroids--but she takes on the new challenge with serious gusto...a little too much gusto. When the community decides to begin logging the land around their own homes, Termite--and her eco-loving friends from school--decide to make a stand. This story is very simple, but Termite's character makes the book enjoyable. She is a bit nuts, and has a very endearing flaw of always coming up with convoluted words and making them stick.

  • Ava Arkin
    2018-11-28 00:58

    This book is about is bout a girl named Whitney who travels from foster home to foster home, not having a family. She finally arrives at another foster home and at first hates it. He class is full of kids who she doesn't connect with, one is in a box for the whole day another gets out of doing homework because she somewhat bribe the teacher. Whitney finally connects with some kids and forms a real friendship with her foster brother. I liked this book because it was about individuality and not being afraid to be who you are. All in all this was a deep story that discussed topics that are very hard to talk about. it had some funny moments in it but for the most part made the reader stop and realize what is happening. I would reccoment this book to so many people it is truly amazing.

  • Shawna
    2018-11-22 06:18

    Great voice-driven book. Termite is a kick-ass kid with lots of spunk. Fun to read. I'd like to see that character in other books. My reason for giving it four rather than five stars is that the end felt rushed to me, and not believable. Not an entirely happy ending, which I appreciated. A character was suddenly in the hospital for a few pages, which seemed random to me and distracted me from enjoying the ending. Maybe a few too many characters to keep track of. Overall the foster care experience is done well. It felt authentic for this age group and the children's characters were enjoyable. I'd recommend this book.

  • Kelly
    2018-11-13 01:17

    I ended up skimming this after the first 50 pages. I didn't really care about the main character--actually, she annoyed me. She was putting up such a front to protect herself emotionally that it was hard to connect with her at all. And she kept making mistakes with common phrases and words, which I guess was supposed to be funny, but it just got on my nerves after a while. (For example, she would say "in a dizzy" instead of "in a tizzy", another character would correct her, and she would say that no, she meant "dizzy" and here's why.)[return][return]And the environmental themes and morals fell flat for me because they felt contrived.

  • Kaye
    2018-12-04 00:02

    It's interesting that I tagged this book as "realistic" since while the premise sounds so, the actuality of it is anything but. Things go much too smoothly for this dirty and hyper child, although the story is basically endearing. It wasn't a bad read, and I read it quickly, but I never truly attached to the character. Another thing that changed throughout was the style of writing. Perhaps Wolfson was trying to subtly demonstrate that "Termite" matured as she felt acceptance, but I could have used some internal character thinking to that effect.

  • Tara
    2018-11-28 02:58

    It's a little deceiving to say I "read" this book. I tried to get through it, but it was going slowly. For the sake of moving on to more books I had to abandon this one. The main character was annoying and the others were unrealistic. A boy who's allowed to spend the whole school day in a large cardboard box? A teacher who agrees to let a student miss tests and homewore becasue she says she can recruit kids for a club? I just couldn't finish it. There are a lot of good reviews for the book on this site though, so maybe I'm missing something.

  • Sarah
    2018-12-09 07:24

    Home and Other big fat Lies is an amazing book, I gave it five stars because Termite (the main character) is trying to save the trees. Striker is the other main character, he is with Termite is the saving with the trees. He and Termite saved the trees and they became good friends I am kind of like Termite I like the outdoors. I love to go in the woods and just hang in the trees and watch the wildlife rome around. The trees are really fun to climb, the easiest are the ones with branches what stick out, leave gaps for were I can climb.

  • Vicki
    2018-11-23 07:16

    Termite is a city "foster" girl who has been in many foster homes. When I started this book, I thought not another book about foster kids! But the author reeled me with the wonderful character of the Miss Mighty Termite. When Termite is sent to a home in the country, she falls in love the forest and those who live there too. I loved her mis-speaking of words and terms. Thank you to the author for this book.

  • Kat Kirst
    2018-11-17 06:55

    I really liked this book about a little girl trying to find her self-worth and place in the world. It's written on such an easy level, a 6th grader could easily read and understand all the deep messages (and there are lots of them) in this heartwarming story. I also like the face that the character is so true to life. She gets angry, she gets mean, she gets...no spoiler alerts here.Read the book.

  • SusanDunn
    2018-11-26 04:06

    Just OK. I expected a bit more. The main character, Courtney, aka Termite is somewhat funny but also kind of annoying. I did like the conflict between the loggers and the anti loggers though. And the way the townspeople take in foster children just b/c they need the money, and then grow to love them. A good happy ending! Could pair with Gilly Hopkins and maybe Hollis Woods and do a whole booktalk on foster kids.

  • Mia
    2018-11-12 01:54

    When a energetic girl, with a love for nature ends up in a logging town, everyones world is flip flopped. Whitney, better known as termite has been to nearly a dozen foster homes, and it is the same thing every time, her foster parents are mean, and she runs away. Her social worker sends her smack-dab in the middle of Forest Glen, where she finally learns the importance of friendship and family.If you want an easy read, with lots of heartfelt humor, this book is perfect for you.

  • Tajah6065
    2018-11-14 01:59

    Whitney aka Termite is on her way to foster house #12. She doesn't know what home or belonging feels like...My favorite quote: "You can't count on the person above to find the best path for you. That's a fact of life, whether you're climbing a tree or trying any other new hard thing. Repeat this ten times: You have to find your own way up."

  • Valerie
    2018-12-01 01:07

    I really enjoyed this. I'm trying to read good young adult literature so that I can recommend books to my students. I would defenitly recommend this to both boys and girls. There are some funny parts as well as good language building skills and writing. I enjoyed this book and it's a quick read as well.

  • Mrs. Nannini Crossroads South
    2018-11-27 00:58

    Sweet book about a foster child named Whitney who has been in so many foster homes, she has stopped counting and caring. When she is sent to rural California, she totally bonds with the redwood forest and her unemployed logging family. Read this to see how Whitney deals and if this time, her foster family works out!

  • Kim Sheibley
    2018-11-20 06:15

    This was a REALLY good book. Whitney is an awesome character - so clear and vibrant, so easy to imagine. The story is so completely plausible and it feels so real that it's hard not to get caught up in it and root for Big Mama and the Forest Glen School Banana Slugs!!

  • Amanda Johnson
    2018-11-22 02:09

    Home and Other Big Fat Lies is about a orphan named Whitany and she is a trouble maker she has been moved at least 10 times until she is moved into a fosdter home with her 3ed grade classmate striker and do they hate each other. i liked this book because it was funny and hateful at the same time .

  • Camryn
    2018-11-13 06:14

    I loved the way the author but this book together. It might get a little difficult to find the meaning of what 'Whitney' (Termite) is saying, but it might just surprise you. This book is amazing, and you will laugh at the unique way Whitney looks at the world. Loved It!