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Con Quest!

by (author) Sam Maggs

Square Fish
Initial publish date
Jun 2021
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jun 2020
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jun 2021
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7


"An awesome adventure that celebrates fandom—and what could be better than that?" —Nerdist
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 Cat and Alex before their parents realize they’re missing? Most importantly, can these ultimate fans complete the ultimate Quest?
An Imprint Book
"An absolute treasure, full of heart, fandom, and family."
—Marieke Nijkamp,New York Times-bestselling author ofThe Oracle Code

About the author

Contributor Notes

Sam Maggs is a bestselling writer of books, comics, and video games. She has been a senior game writer, including work onMarvel’s Spider-Man; the author of books likeThe Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy,The Unstoppable Wasp: Built on Hope, andTell No Tales; and a comics writer for beloved titles likeMarvel Action: Captain Marvel,Transformers, andMy Little Pony. 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.Con Quest! is her debut middle-grade novel.

Editorial Reviews

"An absolute love letter to con culture...The next best thing to actually attending a con." —Kirkus Reviews,starred review
"An exciting read... A geektastic book for those who love conventions or who want a sneak peek into comic-con culture." —Booklist
"With plenty of playful insider references for the knowledgeable nerd-culture reader, this novel serves as a solid introduction to fan culture for middle-grade readers." —The Bulletin
"Witty and delightful,Con Quest! speaks directly to the heart of the magic of conventions... Sam Maggs brings the ultimate adventure to life." —C.B. Lee, author ofNot Your Sidekick
"Con Quest! delivers a spectacularly geeky and uplifting story packed full of humor and heart…Sure to thrill and fill (8-bit) hearts of all ages. I loved every single page." —Eric Smith, author ofThe Geek's Guide to Dating andDon't Read the Comments
"A vibrant love letter to all things geek. I laughed, I shipped, I squeed—I would die for this book." —Sarah Kuhn, author ofHeroine Complex
"A thrilling adventure through the hallowed halls of pop culture.I couldn’t put it down!" —Kevin Panetta, author of Zodiac Starforce andBloom
The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy:
"Inclusive, funny, super smart, and sweet." —The Mary Sue
"I wish I'd had this handbook when I first ventured into the fanzones!" —Tamora Pierce, #1New York Times-bestselling author of The Song of the Lioness series
"Part analysis and part celebration... A must-have for anyone interested in fangirl culture." —Beth Revis,New York Times-bestselling author ofStar Wars: Rebel Rising

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