The Backstagers and the Ghost Light
The Backstagers and the Ghost Light

Series: The Backstagers Vol. 1   

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Annotation: When Jory transfers to St. Genesius Prep, he joins the stage crew and discovers the magic that happens backstage but when some cast members play with a Spirit board, the ghost light goes out and strange things begin to happen.
Catalog Number: #169496
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Special Formats: Graphic Novel Graphic Novel
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Illustrator: Sygh, Rian,
Pages: 195 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-419-73120-3
ISBN 13: 978-1-419-73120-4
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2018014306
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
In this series-starting novel based on the Backstagers comics series, the St. Genesius Prep theater techs and their new witch friend, Reo, battle ghosts in the dangerous, magical Backstage. Meanwhile, the tight-knit group of boys struggles with school-theater-love balance. Plenty of insider theater jokes are wrapped in a humorous ensemble story with wide appeal. Monochromatic spot illustrations and brisk pacing contribute to the readability.
Kirkus Reviews
The Backstagers gets the Lumberjanes treatment in this novelization of the comic-book series.Backstage drama kids Aziz, Hunter, Beckett, Jory, and Sasha have a few more performances left at St. Genesius Preparatory High School before the end of the school year. At the latest cast party, a bunch of actors, or Onstagers, pull out a spirit board for a few laughs and end up accidentally busting the Ghost Light —the stage light said to keeps ghosts away. When a ghost lurking backstage tries to get out, the lore turns out to be truth. Now it's up to the crew to go back into the unknown to save the theater. But can they do it without the stage managers? Sygh's two-color spot art and the overall whimsical narrative tone keep the comic-book series' spirit intact. Unfortunately, the sometimes-lofty third-person omniscient narrator is a bit of a mismatch. The sweet, blush-filled romances read a bit more chaste here than in the comics, but this may attract younger audiences. The already-diverse array of male characters broadens to include Reo, who is biracial (Japanese/Irish) and a witch. Fans of the series will appreciate Mientus' exploration of characters' backstories—and all will have a chance to learn more in future prose installments.An adequate dessert for existing fans that just may tempt a few new ones as well. (Fantasy. 10-14)
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Kirkus Reviews
Word Count: 34,911
Reading Level: 5.6
Interest Level: 5-9
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.6 / points: 5.0 / quiz: 502954 / grade: Middle Grades
Guided Reading Level: Y
Fountas & Pinnell: Y

The stage crew at St. Genesius Prep--or Backstagers, as they like to call themselves--are ready for whatever the theater world can throw their way: the madness of tech week, inevitable prop malfunctions, and all the paranormal activity that goes on behind the scenes. Luckily Jory, Hunter, Sasha, Beckett, and Aziz are up for the job! But lately, someone--or something--seems set on ruining their production of Phantasm . It all started when an actor brought a Spirit Board to the cast party, and the ghost light blew out. Every good theater kid knows that a ghost light must be left on to keep ghosts from moving in the shadows of an empty theater. To figure out what's haunting the theater and save the show, the Backstagers will have to use their smarts, bravery, and a little bit of magic!

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