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Chiggers by Hope Larson
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Jan 22, 12

Read in January, 2012

Chiggers is a great book for tween girls and boys, for different reasons. This graphic novel is about girls at a North Carolina summer camp and deals with near and close friendships, boy/girl crushes, puberty body issues, and slightly supernatural lightning-based occurrences. The lightning-based occurrences come from a new camper who's been struck by lightning and has an eerie electric charge about her.
Larson portrays realistic tween and early-teen miscommunications about who likes who, and the dramatic apologies that happen afterward. Both boys and girls can relate to friendships being made, broken, and rekindled.
Chiggers focuses on the girl characters at camp, and includes easy-to-understand instances of girls hanging out together, discussing their bodies. At first that suggests a stronger appeal to tween girls, which this graphic novel definitely has. Also tween boys will actually learn about puberty and girls in general. Girls in the story complain about having their period, and girls notice when their bunkmate is sick in the bathroom, from the next stall over. This is a much different version of camp than portrayed in Cub Scouts and Boy's Life magazines!
Chiggers is a great hang-out read, portraying girls and boys loving summer camp. It's a good read for summer readers who are camped out at the library.
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