Mariko Tamaki is a writer known for her graphic novel This One Summer, a Caldecott Honor and Printz Honor winner, cocreated with her cousin Jillian Tamaki, among other notable works. Visit her at marikotamaki.blogspot.com.
**STARRED REVIEW** "Without missing a beat, this novelization has successfully sustained the fun, feminist feel and lively vernacular of the beloved graphic-novel series, a notable feat...With its just-right blend of giggleworthy jokes, LGBTQ-positive characters, and affirmative emphasis on friendship, this middle-grade charmer can make even the coldest, bleakest day feel like a sunny day at summer camp." — Kirkus
“…the series emphasizes the same values of inclusion, friendship, and teamwork that infuse the Lumberjanes comics.”
— Sally Lodge
"Fans familiar with the comic series will find all five of the girls fully presented here . . . readers of the series will still want to accompany the girls on another adventure, and newbies to the quintet’s hijinks may find this an appealing invitation to the comics." — Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Full of puns, adventure, magical creatures, and girl power aplenty, this novel offers middle-grade readers a new way to enjoy Lumberjanes . . . Tamaki expertly captures the tone of the series, in both its manic plots and its narrative style, and she adds in some meaningful backstory and conflict." — Booklist
"Mariko Tamaki's novelization brings the Lumberjanes from comic books to fiction in Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power! Enhanced with fantastic illustrations by Brooke Allen, one of the creators of the Lumberjanes comics, Unicorn Power is a hilarious and thoughtfully modern take on the classic summer camp adventure that is destined to delight." — Shelf Awareness
"The well-developed characters portray strong female role models who value friendship. The characters exhibit equality and acceptance between girls of different ethnicities and sexual orientation in a subtle manner. This fast-paced novel seamlessly mixes fantasy, adventure, and just plain fun!" — School Library Connection