Home, and Other Big, Fat Lies

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Home, and Other Big, Fat Lies is a middle grade novel by Jill Wolfson. It was first published in 2006 by Henry Holt and Company Publishers.[1] It is about a young girl in foster care.

Plot introduction[edit]

Whitney 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.


“There is no preaching here, just honest to goodness situational humor perfect for starting a discussion on environmental topics. It might just encourage youth to find ways to stand out while fitting in.” —Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) [2]

“A sweet, spirited tale told with warmth and humor about a determined misfit who finds a home at last in a family and a community.” —Kirkus [3]

“I would highly recommend this book to anyone who knows someone who is a foster child, someone who loves nature like me or anyone who likes a story about love (in this case love for family and nature)” —Student review, Stone Soup Magazine [4]

“The protagonist's spunky voice will engage readers. Fans of Patricia Reilly Giff's Pictures of Hollis Woods will appreciate Whitney's independence and plucky spirit.” —School Library Journal [5]

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • IRA (International Reading Association) Children's Book Award Notable Book [6]
  • Green Earth Book Award Honor Book, Newton Marasco Foundation [7]
  • Santa Monica Library Green Award [8]
  • Pennsylvania School Librarian Association, Young Reader’s Choice nominee [9]


  • Texas Lone Star Reading List Selection [10]
  • Kansas State Reading Circle [11]
  • New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing [12]