Mission: Red Rock

Mission: Red Rock is a young-adult graphic novel about two unlikely friends that examines the tension between self-acceptance and social validation.

Richard Wallace had dreams of becoming an American hero, but after a string of failures was dismissed from the US Air Force. Now, decades later, Richard has secluded himself on the outskirts of Las Vegas where he owns and operates Out of this World Souvenirs, the largest alien tourist stop in Nevada.

Rosie Rodriguez is a thirteen-year-old self-declared-professional UFO treasure hunter determined to find the evidence she needs to prove her late grandfather wasn’t crazy. Rosie knows the answer lies in the desert terrain of Red Rock Canyon and won’t stop until she finds what she’s looking for.

When Rosie and Richard discover the existence of an alien and its escape from a secret government agency—the Federal Bureau of Foreign Species (FBFS)—the two want to seize the opportunity and embark on a mission to capture the alien before the FBFS. For both Rosie and Richard, this mission is personal, an opportunity to finally receive the validation they believe they deserve, but their beliefs and their goals will be put to the test as they learn to navigate new obstacles.

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