Book Review: Lumberjanes, Volume 9 by Shannon Watters

Book: Lumberjanes, Volume 9: On A Roll by Shannon Watters

Published July 2018 by BOOM!Box|112 pages

Where I Got It: I borrowed the paperback from the library

Series: Lumberjanes, Volume 9

Genre: YA Graphic Novel

When the Yetis are kicked out of their treehouse, it’s up to the Roanokes to win their home back from the Sasquatches that took it over by beating them at roller derby.

You just gotta learn to roll with the punches! When the yetis are kicked out of their humble treehouse abode, it’s up to Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley to get them back where they belong amongst the trees…and not leeching the camp’s power and making all the ice cream melt. To get the sasquatches to clear out, though, the Roanoke girls will have to challenge them to a roller derby match!

This New York Times bestseller and multiple Eisner-Award and GLAAD-award winning series is written by Shannon Watters and Kat Leyh (Super Cakes) and illustrated by Carolyn Nowak.

I’ve really enjoyed the Lumberjanes so far, and this volume is no exception!  I know I’ve said this before, and I’ll probably say this in every review for the Lumberjanes, but I love seeing all of the hijinks and shenanigans these girls get into.

In this book, our campers have a roller derby match with some sasquatches.  It’s entertaining, and things get weird- because how else is it going to go?  It all works out for everyone, especially the Yeti’s and sasquatches.  The story is fun, and I liked the idea that Rosie assumes Jen will tell her if something weird is going on…and Jen doesn’t tell her. I liked that Jen just went with it, because it’s a relatively normal thing for her campers to do.  There’s nothing normal about a roller derby match with Sasquatch, but in comparison to everything else that’s happen, this is probably one of the more normal things.

Not that it goes normally, because it doesn’t.  Rosie does find out eventually (by a camper going by, not surprisingly) but Rosie didn’t have to jump in and save the day like I thought she would.  There is a lot of concern because where it happened, but all in all, it’s a pretty typical day at camp.

The artwork is pretty cool, but I still really miss the description of the badges that used to be before each chapter.  Now, we only get them at the end, right before all of the artwork.  I miss seeing it, and I’m not sure why that changed.  I know Shannon Watters is credited instead of Noelle Stevenson, so I’m wondering if it was her idea, and now it’s not there, because she’s not really working on it, or if it was too much trying to come up with a different badge and tying it into each chapter, or what’s going on.  It’s too bad, because I really liked it, but at least we’re getting one badge.

4 stars.  I really liked it, of course, and I really liked the story.  I think it’s one of my favorites in the series.

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