For anyone looking for cute, quaint story that feels like a fairy tale and will make you smile time and time again, I wholeheartedly recommend Tiffany Baker’s The Little Giant of Aberdeen County. Truly is born the biggest baby Aberdeen has ever seen, and as she ushers in her own mother’s death, Truly will begin on a path that will change Aberdeen once and for all. Truly has acromegaly; she was born with a pituitary tumor that results in excess Growth Hormone — and grow is what Truly does. Taller and fatter than anyone in her community has seen, she is immediately pegged as different and an outsider. Her older sister Serena-Jane is her complete opposite: petite and beautiful, it appears Serena-Jane can acquire anything she wants, and she is embarrassed by her Hulk of a baby sister. Growing up in Aberdeen proves difficult for Truly, but she finds people who will love her despite her size, and others who are outsiders in their own way as well.
The Little Giant of Aberdeen County has, as the title implies, a “giant”, but also a witch, and a little person, potions and poisons, life and death and everything in between. It always feels true even though it could be a fairy tale, and its charm will enchant you from start to finish.