Do you believe in UFOs? Little Green Men? (Why are they always green? Little? And men?) Do you believe that we are not alone? Well Julia and her dad believe. And ever since he was abducted by aliens, he has been trying to find the truth. After all, they told him they had a message for him, but not yet. He would have t find the place. But of course, Julia’s friends, mother, and the boy she meets on the road trip to Roswell, NM do not believe her. Why, after all, would aliens, with all the possible people to connect with, would pick her underwear-wearing-in-his-back-yard-standing dad?
The story is one of belief, love and finding that sometimes believes in not as easy as you think. Out There (a graphic novel) by Seaerra Miller talks about that and more. Not so spoiler-spoiler, Julia must decide what is real, what is important, and to wonder if what others think about you is one of those important things.
The artwork is fun, bubbly, and clever. There is a not a lot of details, but there are the ones that are important. Things like the alien parade, the town itself, and such things are busy, but when you are out in the desert, things represent that aspect of the trip as well. The author/illustrator is the same as Hilda books, but while they are similar, they are unique as well. I think they are my favorite part of
SPOILER Point: Overall, I liked this book. I was hoping for a few different twists, and for Julia to come out and say “Yes, I believe.” Or “No I don’t.” Because of what happen the night of the message (the aliens do not come). However, Miller might be saying what she said earlier, “You believe your loved ones.” I think each reader can have their own message from it. Best for ages 10 and up. Due late June/early July 2023. Read via an online reader copy.