Review: Unicorn Power! (Lumberjanes #1)

Title: Unicorn Power!
Author: Mariko Tamaki
Genre: Middle Grade
Publisher: Amulet Books
Source: NetGalley
Release Date: October 10, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:

Welcome to Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types. The five scouts of Roanoke cabin—Jo, April, Molly, Mal, and Ripley—love their summers at camp. They get to hang out with their best friends, earn Lumberjane scout badges, annoy their no-nonsense counselor Jen . . . and go on supernatural adventures. That last one? A pretty normal occurrence at Miss Qiunzella’s, where the woods contain endless mysteries.

Today is no exception. When challenge-loving April leads the girls on a hike up the TALLEST mountain they’ve ever seen, things don’t go quite as planned. For one, they didn’t expect to trespass into the lands of the ancient Cloud People, and did anyone happen to read those ominous signs some unknown person posted at the bottom of the mountain? Also, unicorns.


I’ve read a couple of the Lumberjanes graphic novels before. They’re so cute! So I had to get the middle grade novel when I heard it was coming out. 

In this new story, the scouts find unicorns, not too surprising to fans of the series. What is surprising is that unicorns smell really, really bad (who knew!). They also find a mysterious foggy mountain. Let the adventures begin!

Since I haven’t read all of the graphic novels, I liked the way that there was a lot of background given on the characters and the creatures they have met in the woods before, such as Bearwoman. There are also great illustrations too, which are also helpful since I tend to get the characters mixed up sometimes. 

Mariko Tamaki was a great choice to write this book. She’s so talented and she captured the Lumberjanes atmosphere and tone wonderfully in this story. I hope she continues to write the series. 

This is the perfect middle grade novel for fans of the series and new readers!


6 thoughts on “Review: Unicorn Power! (Lumberjanes #1)”

  1. I love finding reviews saying this is good for fans of the graphic novels because I have read them all. I’m looking forward to picking up a copy of this very soon. And considering that B&N has this listed as Mariko Tamaki’s Lumberjanes series, it may be safe to say that she will be authoring the whole novel series.

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      1. It will probably be one of the books I buy as part of my next paycheck book haul. There are a couple books coming out next week on my approved book buying list, and since Lumberjanes the graphic novel is technically on my auto-buy list, I think the middle grade novel also qualifies.

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