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Unicorn Power!: Lumberjanes, Book 1

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Spirited comics-based novel has girl power to the max.

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This fun and funny comic-book-turned-novel is absolutely loaded with middle grade girl appeal, with five high-spirited, unique campers who model teamwork, learning, and bravery. Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power! (yes, there are unicorns) ignores gender as a possible limitation and opens readers' imaginations to limitless possibilities. The characters are likable and admirable in their own ways and pursue interests varying from accordion playing to welding. It's especially refreshing to see characters strive for achievements like medals and badges without sacrificing friendship, caring, or mutual support.

Some of the appeal feels manufactured, as though the author threw a dart at what's popular with middle school girls and happened to hit unicorns. Resorting to fantasy elements like unicorns, shape-shifters, and a magic mountain could undermine the message that there's an infinite world of wonder to explore out in nature. But tweens and young teens who easily suspend their disbelief will get a lot of positive messages about ignoring gender stereotypes and the limitless possibilities out there for a girl who wants to discover them.

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