I’m starting wonder if the hit Netflix series, ‘Stranger Things,’ is partly responsible for the slowly growing trickle of spooky, kooky Sci-Fi novels with a good dollop of retro. ‘The Bigwoof Conspiracy’ would definitely fit into that category.
Twelve-year-old Lucy Sladan is obsessed with the ‘unexplained.’ And there’s plenty of unexplained occurnaces in her home town of Sticky Pines – a small tucked away town, famous for The Sticky Sweet Sticky Pines Sweetner Company and amongst Sasquatch spotter.
One night, during a thunderstorm, armed only with a camera and a walking stick, Lucy is determined to capture evidence of the UFO she’d thought she’d spotted the night before. However, Lucy gets a lot more than she bargained for. It would seem that perhaps the Bigfoot-hunters were on to something after all….
This book reminded me of a classic episode of Scooby Do in all the best possible ways: meddling kids, outlandish plots and bucketloads of humour! There was also a good dollop of The X-Files mixed in there too – the truth is out there!
I loved Lucy as the righteous investigator, keen to winkle out the truth at all costs. It was interesting to see her struggles to balance her need for truth with her desire to protect those around her. Her quick mind and unusual catchphrases made me chuckle more than once.
A brilliantly sharp, fun and mystery-packed read for anyone aged 9+ Watch out for the second instalment, ‘The Thing at Black Hole Lake,’ coming out in September.
*Many thanks to Nosy Crow for sending me this title to review*