Spotting Dottie

Orca. (Orca Currents). Apr. 2024. 112p. pap. $10.95. ISBN 9781459834828.
Gr 4-7–Fourteen-year-old Charlotte is the granddaughter of Dottie Donna, who has dedicated her life to proving the existence of the mysterious water monster (Dottie) rumored to occupy Lake Dorothy. Charlotte’s grandmother is the laughingstock of the town for her eccentric mission; then Charlotte uses her new drone to record a potential Dottie sighting! She posts it to social media in an attempt to show people the truth, and it changes everything. But Charlotte realizes being right isn’t as important as protecting the fascinating creature she loves. Readers will relate to Charlotte’s dogged enthusiasm to redeem her beloved grandmother’s reputation, as well as the allure and volatility of internet fame. Part of the “Orca Currents” series, Anderson-Dargatz’s novel tackles faith, family dynamics, and staying true to yourself in hi-lo format. Features include cream-colored paper, dyslexia-friendly font, and larger trim size.
VERDICT A realistic fiction novel with a fun cryptid twist. A recommended addition to hi-lo collections.

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