3 out of 4 stars
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Faith and her friends—Dalton, Finn, Oliver, and Callie—make up the Hollow Hills Explorers Club (HHE), a group of teenagers investigating strange happenings in their town. For the last few Wednesdays, Faith has noticed her neighbor putting trash or recycling in the bins for the haunted Victorian house next door and being frightened off by a booming voice telling him to get away from those bins. The HHE knows something fishy is going on, and they’re ready to get to the bottom of it.
When the group starts noticing huge footprints and strange lights, they know they need help. The front door of their school is a portal to the past that only Faith can access. The friends go back in time to get answers but end up with more mysteries and secrets. The past is connected to the haunted house, and Faith isn’t the only one who can travel through time. Who or what is haunting the old Victorian, and what is Faith’s connection to it all?
Sasquatch Did It! by Patricia Komar is a fun mystery story for younger readers that I found quite enjoyable. It’s third in a series, and I usually don’t read books out of order. This looked like too much fun to pass up, and I’m glad I read it. The story and kids fondly reminded me of Scooby-Doo. There were even a couple of pups; though, neither talked.
The mystery was cute, if a bit predictable. Some information was presented fairly early in the story. When events matching that information started happening, none of Faith’s group figured it out until someone told them later. Most of the mysteries weren’t solved until the end, specifically Callie’s strange friend in the past. I enjoyed watching the kids puzzle out what was happening.
There was a disconnect between the ages of the characters and the reading level of the book. Faith and her friends were around fifteen, which felt too old for the story. I consistently thought of them as twelve or thirteen and was jolted whenever they mentioned being in high school. This happened just enough to be distracting but not so much that it completely drew me out of the story.
Faith is the main character, and she feels like a real person. She thought about her fears and desires a lot, and I really got a sense for her love of the HHE. There’s a budding romance between her and Dalton, which was sweet and adorable. There were some points where Faith would think back over events that had just happened in the story. This slowed down my reading, but I got back into the story when these passages were over.
I rate Sasquatch Did It! 3 out of 4 stars. There were some grammatical errors sprinkled throughout. The errors, the age discrepancy, and a bit of repetitive writing keep me from giving this 4 stars, but I enjoyed it too much to give it 2. Again, fans of Scooby-Doo might love this. Children between nine and fourteen would be the ideal audience for this book. For me, I’ll take a chance to read the first two installments in the series. I’m curious to see how Faith and the HHE got to where they are.
Sasquatch Did It!
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