Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers:
The debut novel from bestselling author Sam Maggs, Con Quest! is a comics convention adventure for young readers about fandom, family, and finding your place in the world!
Cat and Alex are excited to be at the world’s most popular comics convention—and they’re even more excited to compete in the Quest, a huge scavenger hunt run by their favorite nerdy celebrity. The big prize: a chance to meet him!
The twins ditch their older sister Fi and set off to find geeky clues, tackle nerdy challenges, and cross as many items as possible off their Quest list, which includes volunteering at an Artist Alley booth, gathering cosplayers in enough colors to make a double rainbow, and actually finding something healthy to eat in the convention center!
Can the twins work together even when they disagree on how to compete? Will Fi find the Cat and Alex before their parents realize they’re missing? Most importantly, can these ultimate fans complete the ultimate Quest?
About: Con Quest! is a middle grade contemporary written by Sam Maggs. It will be published on 6/23/2020 by Imprint, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, paperback, 256 pages. The genres are middle grade fiction, contemporary, and fanfom. This book is intended for readers ages 8 to 12. According to the publisher’s website, “Imprint is a publishing home for authors, illustrators and brands that fosters collaboration, finds ideas in unexpected places, and looks ahead to the future. Our goal is to work with our creators to make their mark in the world and in the lives of readers. Imprint publishes commercial fiction for ages 0-18, develops new intellectual property, and partners with existing brands to develop quality, original content. Imprint is a part of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading Con Quest! on 5/5/2020 and finished it on 5/9/2020. This book was a fun and adventurous read! I like Cat and how good she was with her twin brother. The part where they run together to get away, worming around other people – I like how she sent a video of similar action to her brother to give him an idea, because he’s an autistic and need a little nudge. Reading this book makes me want to attend a comic con one day, not so much for the crowd but seeing all of the costumes would be so cool. I also like Alex’s view. He’s not as confident or a natural leader as his sister Cat. But he tried to overcome his fears.
This book is told in the third person point of view following Cat, 12, as she and her family navigate through the crowd at the comic book convention to attend the Geekicon. Her parents wrote one of the successful comics of all time. Her twin brother Alex, 12, and older sister Fi, 14, are with her. The second view was Alex, an autistic who doesn’t like touching. He and Cat wanted to win the Quest, a scavenger hunt, this year. The third view was Fi who wasn’t a big fan and couldn’t believe her eyes that there could be so many people who would come to a comic con. The twins raced against time to complete their quest while eluded capture by more than one person.
Con Quest! was a great read. I’m not familiar with cosplay and it’s interesting getting to know something new. I like the advice about being in charge. There’s that little bit of girl on girl crush that I was not expecting in this middle grade book. The twist with one of the winner at the end was awesome. I enjoyed the siblings relationships. This book had actions and adventures that made the read fun. I recommend everyone to read this story!
Pro: fast paced, twins, siblings, comic con, diversity
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
Sam Maggs is a bestselling writer of books, comics, and video games, including Con Quest!, Marvel Action: Captain Marvel, The Unstoppable Wasp: Built on Hope, Tell No Tales, and Marvel’s Spider-Man for the Playstation 4. Her work has taken her to comic book conventions all over the world. A Canadian in Los Angeles, she misses Coffee Crisp and bagged milk. (Photo and info obtained from Macmillan’s website).