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)