#IntlYALitMonth: Lumberjanes

Lumberjanes, a series by N.D. Stevenson

Welcome to Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady-Types! It’s got all your classic summer camp experiences: hiking, canoeing, capture the flag, lake monsters, talking statues, dinosaurs, and more! Make sure to bring your best sneakers, because there’s a lot of running involved. 

Lumberjanes, a graphic novel series created by N.D. Stevenson, follows the girls of Roanoke Cabin as their totally normal summer camp experience turns into a supernatural adventure. When Jo, Mal, April, Ripley, and Molly witness a woman turn into a bear, they decide to do the reasonable thing and sneak out of their cabin at night to chase her through the woods. Fighting off magical three-eyed foxes was not part of their plan, but that’s okay—there’s a scout badge for that. The girls are determined to let nothing ruin their awesome summer camp experience, not a bear-woman or yetis or a mind-controlled boys’ camp. And that’s just the first volume. 

Lumberjanes is 20 volumes of nonstop adventure, endless creativity, and friendship to the max. The characters are unique, loveable, and the definition of chaotic good. Dialogue is both heartwarming and hilarious, and the illustrations are colorful, energetic, and downright adorable. You might be left with way more questions than answers after the first volume, but don’t worry. The real fun is in watching the girls unravel the mystery using their diverse skill sets and the unbeatable power of friendship.  

The Lumberjanes series is created by N.D. Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters, and Gus Allen, and is published by Boom! Studios. It won two Eisner Awards for Best New Series and Best Publication for Teens in 2015. It was also nominated for the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comic Book in 2015, 2018, 2019

Amanda (she/her) is a Senior Associate at Pikes Peak Library District, where she specializes in young adult services. She provides library programs for local teens, creates diverse young adult book displays, and visits schools to promote homework help resources. She loves reading, loud music, outer space, and saying hi to every dog she sees.

JULIA E. TORRES is a nationally recognized veteran language arts teacher, librarian, and teen programs administrator in Denver, Colorado. Julia facilitates teacher development workshops rooted in the areas of anti-racist education, equity and access in literacy and librarianship, and education as a practice of liberation. Julia’s work has been featured on NPR, AlJazeera’s The Stream, PBS Education, KQED’s MindShift, Rethinking Schools, Learning for Justice Magazine, School Library Journal, American Libraries Magazine, and many more. She is a Book Love Foundation board member, Educolor Working Group member, a Book Ambassador for The Educator Collaborative, and a co-founder of #DisruptTexts. Her co-authored title Liven Up Your Library: Design Engaging and Inclusive Programs for Teens and Tweens is just the first of many forthcoming publications for librarians and educators. Learn more about Julia on her website juliaetorres.com or on social media @juliaerin80

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