Martian ghost centaur

Mat Heagerty

Book - 2021

"The town of Southborough used to be a major tourism destination, drawing folks from all over in the hopes they'd spot the famous Sasquatch, reportedly seen in the town many times over the years. But it's been ages since anyone's spotted the 'squatch, and tourism is starting to dry up. A tech company called (a start-up that helps people start their own start-ups) decides to begin buying up places all over town in order to build their techie headquarters, driving out all the local townspeople. Luckily, Southborough is also home to Louie O'Connor, firm believer in the Sasquatch's existence and all-around, mega 'squatch fan. When Louie's dads' restaurant, Squatch Burger, starts to ...go under and fall prey to the techie start-up, Louie and her best friend Felix decide they'll do whatever it takes to save the town from losing all the people and places that make it special. In hopes that convincing people the Sasquatch is real and to drive back tourism, Louie and Felix plan an elaborate hoax in hopes of saving the town from the dot-com takeover. But when Felix starts talking about leaving their hometown for college in LA, Louie will have to face some tough questions about herself, her future career, and her place in her beloved hometown."--Provided by publisher.

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Young adult fiction
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Portland, OR : Oni Press [2021]
Main Author
Mat Heagerty (author)
Other Authors
Steph Mided (artist), Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou (letterer)
First edition
Physical Description
184 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Ages 12 and up.
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Review by Booklist Review

Louie has a deep passion for her struggling small town, Southborough, which was made famous years ago by a sasquatch sighting. It's been a tourist destination for many years, and the local economy has depended almost exclusively on tourist income, but business has slowed in recent years. An avaricious tech executive, Leef Smith, smells a deal and is aggressively buying up properties for its new headquarters,, and in an effort to save her dads' restaurant, Squatch Burger, Louie comes up with several schemes--some legitimate and others . . . less so--to make money, eventually making it her mission to save the entire town from being gobbled up and leveled by Leef. Though several montages make the plot line occasionally feel disjointed, this fun story has something for everyone, including thinly veiled '90s pop-culture references, matter-of-fact LGBTQ+ representation, and small town heart, and high-spirited, passionate Louie, who's angry about the opportunistic take-over of her town, is a lively protagonist. Hand to fans of Lumberjanes or The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl.

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Review by School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up--Seventeen-year-old Louie O'Connor loves her hometown, the once thriving, now dying tourist destination of Southborough, CA. Before Louie was born, a Sasquatch sighting attracted visitors, but enthusiasm has waned, and techie Leef Smith swoops in, eager to take advantage of the cheap land to build his start-up headquarters. Louie fears for her community, especially her parents' restaurant, Squatch Burger, where she works, so she and her best friend, Felix, team up to introduce a new creature that's sure to draw attention; along the way, she learns important lessons as she feuds and then makes up with Felix and realizes that her Squatch Burger job doesn't define her. Louie is white, Felix is Latinx, and there are numerous BIPOC secondary characters; the story also offers queer representation via multiple same-sex couples, including Louie's fathers. Time lapses are generally conveyed through text boxes, but some transitions are unlabeled and rushed, and pacing can be uneven. Still, the distractions don't detract from the narrative, and clever jokes and cultural references from the past two decades are sprinkled throughout. Basic color block backgrounds focus on the highly expressive and comedic character reactions, giving the tale a playful feel as it leads to the reveal of the titular character. VERDICT Readers will appreciate this campy adventure that has touches of "Scott Pilgrim" and "Lumberjanes" and ends on a valuable message about maintaining boundaries between work and identity.--Alea Perez, Elmhurst P.L., IL

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Review by Kirkus Book Review

A scrappy teenager dedicates her summer to finding an elusive sasquatch. The tiny town of Southborough, California, became a hot spot for paranormal-seeking tourists after Gregory Samuel O'Connor's American Idol audition tape was video-bombed by a sasquatch. Eighteen years later, the tourism boom has nose-dived due to dwindling sightings of the sasquatch and internet-driven skepticism. Seventeen-year-old Louie O'Connor, daughter of the man who spotted the local cryptid, worries her dads will lose their restaurant. Like other Southborough businesses, Squatch Burger is threatened by a rich tech entrepreneur who wants to buy up the town for selfish purposes. Louie and her best friend, Felix, decide to turn things around by catching the sasquatch and returning Southborough to the map. But when a paranormal investigator famous for debunking cryptid stories shows up, everything changes. Can Louie find her passion and save the day? Reminiscent of a campy '80s film, the eye-catching, full-color artwork highlights kooky schemes and extremely expressive characters. While the visual design is stunning, weak character development muddles a thematically overburdened story. The impetus for many plot points and humorous gags turns out to be Louie's air of entitlement and general brattiness. An unbelievable change of heart leads to a tidy conclusion. Louie and her dads read as White; Felix is cued as Latinx, and residents of the town are ethnically diverse. A snarky romp--just don't think too hard about the holey plot. (Graphic fiction. 12-18) Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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