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Lumberjanes Series – Teen Graphic Novels - Book Review

18/07/2016

       I don’t even know where to begin...but...Lumberjanes is the best Teen Graphic Novel Series I have ever read! I think I may however be biased due to the fact that I used to go to, and eventually work for a summer camp for more than 20 years! I believe I’m a little nostalgic at the moment with summer finally here and this awesome self-confidence boosting graphic novel series is out and circulating within our Ottawa Public Library branches. This is a quick and fun read as I began and finished reading both Vol 1. Beware the Kitten Holy and Vol. 2 Friendship to the Max this weekend. I just couldn’t put the books down!

       The Lumberjanes series involves five teenage girls (Jo, Mal, Molly, Ripley and April) from Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s CAMP FOR HARDCORE GIRLS LADY-TYPES.  Over the course of the series, the five teens fling through several adventures including fighting off numerous supernatural creatures, while earning badges, and trying to solve mysteries. I love the concept of the girls working on a different badge during each chapter. When I was in Girl Guides, my favourite part was working on and earning badges. I also thoroughly enjoy how friendship is such a loyal aspect to this storyline. Rosie, the Camp Director is not your typical portrayal of a Scout leader. Her compassion for the campers helps mould the teens to take on difficult situations while using their resources, your friends.  Warm and Fuzzies throughout!

       Readers can relate to at least one of the five main characters or even with Jen the pesky camp councillor; including those who do not claim to be heterosexual like Mal and Molly. For fun, I wish there was a Lumberjanes Field Guide Manual as a separate companion book with all the Dos and Don’ts for the campers, badges and badge requirements, uniform regulations, etc., in a scrapbook style format for all the nerdy girls like me who would want to be/play Lumberjanes Scout all on her own. I rate this book 5 stars out of 5! THIS IS A MUST READ FOR THE SUMMER! Enjoy!

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Lumberjanes

Volume One, Beware the Kitten Holy
By Stevenson, Noelle
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Lumberjanes

Volume Two, Friendship to the Max
By Stevenson, Noelle
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Lumberjanes

A Terrible Plan
By Stevenson, Noelle/ Watters, Shannon/ Nowak, Carolyn (ILT)

Comments

Thank you for your very informative review of this new series of graphic novels. Just remembering summer camp from years gone by, makes reading the series worthwhile. A bit of paranormal activities thrown into the mix with mysteries to solve sounds like great summer camp fin. I'm looking forward to reading these novels. Thanks again for this great tip!

I'm glad you liked the review. I can't wait to read volume 4! :) such a great read for those who used to go to summer camp. Nostalgic moments for sure when reading!. Have fun reading and Enjoy!

Thank you for your very informative review of this new series of graphic novels. Just remembering summer camp from years gone by makes reading the series worthwhile. A bit of paranormal activities thrown into the mix with mysteries to solve sounds like great summer camp fun. I'm looking forward to reading these novels. Thanks again for this great tip!