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Con Quest
by Sam Maggs
Imprint, $16.99. 256pp
Published: June 2020

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 Cat and Alex before their parents realize they’re missing? Most importantly, can these ultimate fans complete the ultimate Quest?

The story is told from three viewpoints - twins Alex and Cat and their older sister Fi.  They are at a large con, GeekiCon where their comic-writing parents are panelists.  This is a regular annual outing for the family and this year Cat and Alex are determined to win the scavenger hunt called The Quest. With several adventures along the way, including a few run-ins with a volunteer staff member that embodies all that is wrong with toxic fandom and a surprising friendship/light romance for Fi, the Quest comes to a satisfying conclusion.

This is a delightful novel for both young fans and those who are young at heart.  Alex’s autism is handled with knowledge and sensitivity and the whole book highlights the ways in which fandom is one big family.  In a year that is shaping up to be devoid of cons this book reminds us what we are missing.    ~~ Stephanie L Bannon

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