UNICORN POWER! by Mariko Tamaki
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UNICORN POWER!

From the "Lumberjanes (novels)" series
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Age Range: 7 - 14
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KIRKUS REVIEW

In a winning reversal, a popular graphic-novel series is adapted into a prose novel.

At Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Pinniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types, the Lumberjanes spend their days like many other scouts: earning badges, enjoying the outdoors, and spending time with friends. While working on their Living the Plant Life badge, friends April, Mal, Molly, Jo, and Ripley discover a field of strange blue flowers being eaten by horribly malodorous—but undeniably adorable—unicorns. There the girls spy a mysterious color-changing mountain marked by an illegible but still ominous sign. The Lumberjanes decide to climb it in hopes of earning their Extraordinary Explorers medal. However, when the sassy scouts find themselves marooned on the mountain, they must use their Lumberjane know-how to save the day. Without missing a beat, this novelization has successfully sustained the fun, feminist feel and lively vernacular of the beloved graphic-novel series, a notable feat. This buoyant adventure will easily draw new readers to the series and should satisfy established followers. With its just-right blend of giggleworthy jokes, LGBTQ–positive characters, and affirmative emphasis on friendship, this middle-grade charmer can make even the coldest, bleakest day feel like a sunny day at summer camp. April and Molly are white; Mal, Jo, and Ripley are girls of color.

Awesome to the max! (Fantasy. 7-14)

Pub Date: Oct. 10th, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-4197-2725-2
Page count: 256pp
Publisher: Amulet/Abrams
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2017




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