Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Me on Lumberjanes Volume 2

Title: Lumberjanes Volume 2: Friendship to the Max!
Writers & Artists: Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters, Brooke Allen & Marta Laiho
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Publisher: BOOM! Studios

Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are not your average campers and Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet's Camp for Hardcore Lady-Types is not your average summer camp. Between the river monsters, magic, and the art of friendship bracelets, this summer is only just beginning. Join the Lumberjanes as they take on raptors and a sibling rivalry that only myths are made of.

Lumberjanes Volume 2 is the further adventures of the Lumberjane scouts, the continuation of the mystery they first discovered in the forest.

The girls are back. Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley. They're still bright, still ready to save the camp from evil creatures. Still falling into dangerous situations, acting too quickly and not thinking everything through. But still helping each other out, saving each other when they're trapped or captured. There's a fair amount of thinking about others and not about their own safety, which is reckless but shows how important they find their friends to be.

The art is still wonderful. Still bright and fun. The lines are a little sketchy, a little rough around the edges, and that only adds to the charm. To the frantic running and chasing that happens so much in this volume. And the over-eager excitement that seems to spread out from Ripley. I love the colours of this series, bright and bold, highlighting the peak of summer hijinks.

This is definitely the end of the story arc that started in volume 1. The mystery behind the creatures with the glowing eyes, the secret messages/anagrams. But there are still questions to be asked. And, considering the dynamic of the five girls and how quickly they, but mostly Ripley, get into trouble, the adventures to come are bound to be just as wild, magical, and complicated. A great read for the summer, or for any time of year. Would definitely recommend to middle grade and teen readers looking for comics with excitement and mystery.

(I borrowed a copy of this book from the library.)

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