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Author: Chan, Marty
Publisher: Thistledown Press
Year Published: 2011
ISBN: 978-1-897235-92-8
Grades: Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6

A Close Shave

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A Close Shave (2011) is the first book in a new series from Edmonton author, Marty Chan, geared for a young audience. (Gr. 3-6) He credits students from the Pembina Hills school district for inspiring him to write this tale about the legendary Sasquatch. Chan develops the sasquatch society with kids such as Barnabas Bigfoot, Ruth and Hannah Hairyson, Yolanda Yeti, and references to all things hairy – Hairy armpits! What in the hairy tangle do you think that you are doing? and Groom your hair! . Students will have fun figuring out the sasquatch language where ordinary people are called baldfaces , shoes become foot-hides and clothes are hides of various colours. Naturally the sasquatch are always being threatened by hunters trying to prove that the sasquatch exist. Many adventures ensue as Barnabas and his friends evade capture; or when captured, they devise elaborate plans to rescue their friends and save their families from being discovered. Along with his usual witty humour and engaging dialogue, Chan develops themes of family, loyalty, friendship, honesty and tolerance throughout this and the next two books in the series, A Hairy Tangle (2012) and The Bone Eater (2013)

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