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Archie vs Predator by Alex de Campi
Bewitched, Bothered, and Biscotti by Bailey Cates
Bookplate Special by Lorna Barrett
Carson Crosses Canada
Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis
Giant Trouble by Ursula Vernon
The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson
I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid
It Might Have Been Worse by Beatrice Larned Massey
It's a Book by Lane Smith
Kleine Katze Chi #1 by Kanata Konami
No Place for Magic by E.D. Baker
Nooks & Crannies by Jessica Lawson
Lumberjanes, Volume 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson
Mystery of the Midnight Rider by Carolyn Keene
Paper Girls, Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughan
Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher
Road of Her Own: Women's Journeys in the West by Marlene Blessing
A Safe Girl to Love by Casey Plett
Shopaholic & Sister by Sophie Kinsella
Song of the Lion by Anne Hillerman
There Are No Cats in this Book by Viviane Schwarz
This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Winnebago Graveyard #1 by Steve Niles
Winnebago Graveyard #2 by Steve Niles
Woof by Spencer Quinn
Yours Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick

Miscellaneous
August 2017 Reading Sources
August 2017 Reading Summary
Books on Books
Crossing the Cornfield and Saving the World: The Neddiad by Daniel Pinkwater
Greenglass House by Kate Milford: A road narrative deconstruction
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (September 04)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (September 11)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (September 18)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (September 25)
The maze isn't for you — except when it is

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Lumberjanes, Volume 1: Beware the Kitten Holy: 09/21/17

Lumberjanes, Volume 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson

My recent involvement in Girl Scouts both as a parent and as co-leader has made me aware of how scouting is portrayed in children's fiction, especially those stories that involve girls as scouts. These fictional girls are rarely actual Girl Scouts — one exception being Zomorod "Cindy" Yousefzadeh in It Ain't So Awful, Falafel.

Most of the time the girl or girls who are scouting are members of some other type of troop — a fictional organization — that comprises either what the author remembers about scouting or what the author has heard or worse imagined about scouting for girls. Examples include: the Fireside Girls in Phineas and Ferb, the Pine Scouts, Flower Scouts, and Star Scouts in Star Scouts, and now the Lumberjanes series by Noelle Stevenson which comes closest to being Girl Scouts but without being Girl Scouts. Clearly though it's built on some nostalgic memories of the wackier aspects of being a scout.

This first volume begins with a warning — "Beware the Kitten Holy" which the girls will experience first hand after a very strange outing after their canoeing experience goes well beyond awry. Imagine if you will, a strong, wacky group of girls at summer camp where there is something supernatural afoot. These aren't girls who need rescuing — these are capable heroes who do the rescuing, even as their assigned camp counselor is having fits over their misadventures. There are waterfalls, mysterious lighthouses, magical creatures, a cave to explore, riddles to solve, an arm wrestling contest — and each and every girl has something to contribute. Who is best at what isn't made obvious by cliches or tropes. The girls know each other's strengths and weaknesses and they support each other.

Leverage

The arm wrestling scene brought back fond memories of when I was the champ of our sixth grade class.

The second album is Friendship to the Max.

Five stars

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