by Jennifer Kaufman, Karen Mack

January 2008
ISBN: 978-0-385-34019-9
Reviewer Graphic Button Delacorte Press

Cassie Shaw is happier when she is deep in the forest with all the beautiful birds and trees with only the wind as her companion, than when she is with people. She has trouble relating to people, she feels she is not bright enough to converse with any of them because she dropped out of high school and she does not have a college degree. Cassieís mother strongly believes Big Foot is real and has been trying for years to capture him in a photo. Cassieís parrot is such a big drama queen.

She needs to get a job with decent pay. The only way this will happen is if she is willing to lie on the application. This goes against every grain in her body, however, she knows this is the only way. She lands a job at an elite university as an academia for two professors who are rare birds themselves.

Under the tutelage of Professor William Connor, Cassie is transforming herself. She meets people who actually do not visit wildlife preserves and who donít believe in Big Foot. She starts to get more comfortable around people and then her deep secret is unveiled accidentally. She realizes she does not want to be the old Cassie she wants to move forward, will she have the courage to finish the transformation on her own?

Witty, charming, memorable characters including a parrot with issues. Funny situations and extremely uplifting for readers. Highly recommended.

Reviewed in February 2008 by Pat.