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Lumberjanes Volume 3: A Terrible Plan: 11/02/17

Lumberjanes Volume 3: A Terrible Plan by Noelle Stevenson

Lumberjanes Volume 3: A Terrible Plan by Noelle Stevenson splits up the cabin into two separate adventures. Mal and Molly decide to take their free day to have a date in the forest but are quickly swept up into something right out of Land of the Lost but with the Bear Lady. Meanwhile, the other girls try their best to earn the "easier" of the badges — ones focused on things like cake decorating, scrapbooking, and watching paint dry.

Mal, Molly, and the Bear Lady end up in an alternate world that looks like the ruins of Athens but set in a Mario Galaxy world and populated by dinosaurs. Time flows differently there — so it could be faerie land. They have lost the path home because the Bear Lady has had her glasses stolen.

There's a lot too this alternate world but I'm not sure how relevant any of it is. It could be plot important beyond this volume — or it could just be there to be cool in this self-contained plot arc. I hope there is more to come in this world. I want to know about the ruins. I want to know about the dinosaurs.

Meanwhile, the at camp plot is hilarious. Anyone who has been in Girl Scouts (or volunteered as an adult) knows that the troops and their activities are supposed to be "Girl Lead." To make sure there's something for everyone, there are lots of options, from the domestic skills (such as designing and cooking a multi-course meal), to the STEM, to outdoor adventure type badges. The girls in LumberJanes are definitely geared towards the outdoor adventure badges to the extreme, so watching them try to earn domestic badges is cute.

Over all though, the two adventures and the opening chapter (issue) with the campfire ghost stories didn't mesh as well as the previous two volumes did. The various girl told ghost stories are fun, especially seeing how each girl approaches genre, but after two truly epic adventures, I was hoping for something more along those lines.

Four stars

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