Jory is the new kid and because his father is working late shifts, he is forcing Jory to take up an after-school activity with one of the many clubs. He chooses Drama Club. I think Tynion probably took part in high school drama as I did, because he basically nails it on the head, with a bit of exaggeration – okay, a lot of exaggeration. Jory is sent off by the super stars of the stage into the bowels of the school to seek out a tiara. This is when he meets the Backstagers, the ones no one knows about or appreciates. (This tells me Tynion absolutely must have worked in live theatre at some point in his life.) These bowels prove to be a little more Harry Potter-inspired than Jory ever could have guessed, and he ends up helping to fend off a group of tiny creatures.
This is a silly book with art by Rian Sygh that’s reminiscence of something like Steven Universe. The Backstagers is charming and light, and it’s a fun book that younger readers will definitely enjoy.