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Lumberjanes Volume 1: Beware the Kitten Holy

Lumberjanes Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten HolyLumberjanes Volume 1: Beware the Kitten Holy
Written By: Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis
Illustrated By: Brooke Allen
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Format: Softcover, 7 x 10, 128 pages, Full Color, $14.99
ISBN: 978-1-60886-687-8

Review

This middle-level graphic novel series, beginning with Lumberjanes: Beware the Kitten Holy, is a story I could only have dreamt of reading when I was in junior high school. Diversity and commonalties, conflict and resolution, adventurous risky rule-breakers and subsequent camp counselor disappoint dominate the storyline. Ever-so-familiar to young adults, Lumberjanes offers the perfectly enticing setup and storyline to appeal to any middle-level reading audience.

A group of girls with variously individual skills, strengths, and equally strong weaknesses and insecurities create a unique friendship circle where they must work together in order to solve the problems and phenomena they encounter while attending Miss Qiunzella's Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet's Camp for Hardcore Lady Types. Sneaking out at night to figure out why there are supernatural foxes surrounding the camp, rowing canoes that face dangerous waterfalls and aggressive river monsters, and many more adventures (like the navigation they must face after wandering into a cave and then falling into the caves mythical bottoms) await the girls and their individual skills.

Afraid of writing anymore about this wonderful storyline focused on the bond a unique set of friends create in order to survive each challenge they encounter while at camp I must end this review by reiterating a similar piece of advice found on the back cover: If this graphic novel's storyline piques your interest buy an extra copy, for you will most likely want to share it with someone. In short, its storyline is so intriguing you will want to not only share it with another reader (regardless of age), but also anxiously await their reading of it . . . so that you may then discuss and admire it together.

English Language Arts Elements of Story

Plot: A misfit group of unlikely friends attending a camp for Hardcore Lady Types must come together as one united front in order to face all of the adventures in this graphic novel. Aware of each others' strengths and weaknesses they must navigate their way from one adventure to the next adventure, not only in order to earn badges, but also in order to survive. Problem-solving, relationship building, and trust take center stage in this gap novel.

Major Characters: Jo, April, Mal, Molly, Ripley, Jen, Rosie, Yetis, Possessed/Zombie Boy Campers

Major Settings: Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet's Camp for Hardcore Lady Types, Roanoke Cabin, Wilderness / Woods, Rosie's Cabin, the River, Caves

Themes: Bravery and Courage, Compassion, Friendship, Secrets and Truth, Animals and Humans, Quests, Supernatural Occurrences, Nature

Reading Recommendations Using the Common Core Standards For Young Adult Readers

Key Ideas and details
1. Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
*The number(s) referenced above corresponds to the number used by the Common Core Standards (www.commoncore.org)

Lesson Idea for Young Adult Readers

Directions: The characters in Lumberjanes must make many logical inferences as they experience one adventure after another while attending Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet's Camp for Hardcore Lady Types. Thus, it is important that each of the Lumberjanes not only know each other's strengths and weaknesses, but also recognize evidence to support their conclusions about which Lumberjane's strengths will best address each challenge.

As the Lumberjanes make logical inferences about each other readers need to analyze why and/or how the LUMBERJANES reach conclusions about each other.

For this lesson plan readers need to read one chapter at a time, stopping at the end of each of the four chapters to identify the following:

1. The adventure at the center of each chapter
2. The logical inferences made by the Lumberjanes
3. The text and/or images that support the Lumberjanes' inferences/decisions
4. The resulting conclusion from the Lumberjanes inferences/decisions


Chapter 1: "Up All Night Badge"

1. Adventure Experienced in the Chapter:


2. Logical inference(s) made by the Lumberjanes


3. Text/Images that support the Lumberjanes' inferences/decisions (students should feel free to write down quotations or recreate their own versions of the images that support the Lumberjanes' inferences/decisions).

 

 

 


4. Conclusion / Outcome from the Lumberjanes' inferences.

 


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Chapter 2: "Naval Gauging Badge"

1. Adventure Experienced in the Chapter:


2. Logical inference(s) made by the Lumberjanes


3. Text/Images that support the Lumberjanes' inferences/decisions (students should feel free to write down quotations or recreate their own versions of the images that support the Lumberjanes' inferences/decisions).

 

 


4. Conclusion / Outcome from the Lumberjanes' inferences.

 

 

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Chapter 3: "Everything Under the Sum Badge"

1. Adventure Experienced in the Chapter:


2. Logical inference(s) made by the Lumberjanes


3. Text/Images that support the Lumberjanes' inferences/decisions (students should feel free to write down quotations or recreate their own versions of the images that support the Lumberjanes' inferences/decisions).

 

 

 


4. Conclusion / Outcome from the Lumberjanes' inferences.

 

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Chapter 4: "Robyn Hood Badge"

1. Adventure Experienced in the Chapter:


2. Logical inference(s) made by the Lumberjanes


3. Text/Images that support the Lumberjanes' inferences/decisions (students should feel free to write down quotations or recreate their own versions of the images that support the Lumberjanes' inferences/decisions).

 

 

 


4. Conclusion / Outcome from the Lumberjanes' inferences.

 

 

Dr. Katie Monnin is an Associate Professor of Literacy at the University of North Florida. Besides the joy that comes with reading comic books and graphic novels, Dr. Monnin enjoys a Peter Pan-ish life of researching and writing her own books about teaching comics, graphic novels, and cartoons: Teaching Graphic Novels (2010), Teaching Early Reader Comics and Graphic Novels (2011), Using Content-Area Graphic Texts for Learning (2012), Teaching Reading Comprehension with Graphic Texts (2013), and Get Animated! Teaching 21st Century Early Reader and Young Adult Cartoons in Language Arts (2014); Teaching New Literacies in Elementary Language Arts (2015). When she is not writing (or sitting around wondering how she ended up making an awesome career out of studying comics and graphic novels), Dr. Monnin spends her time with her three wiener dogs, Samantha, Max, and Alex Morgan Monnin.