Monday, January 28, 2019

The Backstagers and the Ghost Light by Andy Mientus - OPTIONAL

The Backstagers and the Ghost Light by Andy Mientus, illustrated by Rian Sygh, 195 pages. Amulet Books (Abrams), 2018. $15.

Language: G (0 swears 0 'f'); Mature Content: PG (High School Dating); Violence: PG (Fighting Ghosts and Monsters). 



The Backstagers are highly skilled high school stage techs at St. Genesius Prep. They are gearing up for their production of Phantasm, but someone (or something) is making a mess of the rehearsals. A light falls during auditions, the ghost light breaks and the girl they cast as their lead explores backstage where she shouldn't go setting off an epic battle between good and evil. 

There are 8 comics preceding this novel, and while the author fills in the reader so the story is in context, it will make much more sense and you will keep track of the characters better if you've read the comics. I hate to see that these kids produce a whole show and face mortal danger without any adult supervision at all. Also, there's a magical, supernatural quality to these adventures, so don't expect an authentic theater story.

Lisa Librarian

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