Cosplay Crime

Orca. (Orca ­Currents). Feb. 2024. 112p. pap. $10.95. ISBN 9781459837430.
Gr 4-7–Cosplay is more than just dressing up in costumes—it is a celebration of fandom, uniqueness, and it “lets you forget the real world for a little bit.” While exuberant 13-year-old Bree attends her first comic convention in costume, hoping to meet her favorite Japanese voice actor, she stumbles on a crime. A valuable art print is stolen, and since Bree desperately wants to solve the case to meet her beloved actress, she takes it upon herself to catch the thief. Bree and her nonbinary best friend, Alix, value the role of cosplay in their journey of pride and self-acceptance. Chan’s high-interest novel has dyslexia-friendly features with font, cream paper, and larger trim size for accessibility. This book can be used in small group discussions on social anxiety and how to maintain individuality amid adversity. English teachers will enjoy the imagery of the gamers room. Furthermore, the short text will suit reluctant or striving readers who see the cover and think Squid Game.
VERDICT Anime and manga fans will appreciate the references to popular stories combined with sweet friendship and realistic mystery.

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