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CHIGGERS by Hope Larson


by Hope Larson & illustrated by Hope Larson

Age Range: 10 - 14

Pub Date: June 17th, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-4169-3584-1
Publisher: Ginee Seo/Atheneum

Eisner Award winner Larson effectively mixes magical realism with the timeless rituals of summer camp in this pitch-perfect graphic novel for ‘tweens. After arriving at camp, bookish Abby finds herself torn between her familiar bunkmates and the intriguing new girl Shasta, who has an older boyfriend and claims to have been struck by lightning. Amid the rounds of swimming and hiking, Abby learns to stand up for her new friend when other girls judge her unfairly. Tensions rise when both girls find themselves attracted to the same boy (a sweetly nerdy Dungeon Master named Teal), but after Abby saves Shasta from a mysterious will-o’-the-wisp that results in a second near-lightning strike, they part amicably and Abby gets the guy. The clean black-and-white panels are detailed without being busy, and the addition of a supernatural element symbolic of the physical and emotional upheaval of adolescence deepens an otherwise typical camp story. Extensive how-to sections on rainy-day card games and friendship bracelets are an added bonus. A delightful addition to any duffle (or library). (Graphic novel. 10-14)