Book Love: Journey Back to Lumberjack Camp & Giveaway

A cousin sleepover is so much fun! Bike rides, games, electronics, baseball, cooking, laughing, eating and making cool dude bracelets is just some of the stuff we do. I always end the night reading a book out loud. I highly suggest ending a sleepover night reading an awesome story. It usually helps cure any desire or dare to stay up the longest. I was lucky to have them stay over for three nights in a row so we could read a chapter book. I read Journey Back to Lumberjack Camp written by Janie Lynn Panagopoulos.

Journey Back to lumberjack camp

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I intentionally selected this book for a variety of reasons; age appropriateness (5-14), prefect length for three nights of reading for an hour (164 pages), Michigan historical fiction (our home state), comical lumberjack vocabulary, and I hoped it would hold their attention. Otherwise, I’d lose them to their ipods!

The story centers on Gus, a 12 year old boy who deals with a relentless school bully that causes Gus to become injured. While he is in recovery, he time travels back to a lumberjack camp giving us a glimpse into this incredible hard-working era.

Gus’ real life characters become the characters in his dream. The life of a lumberjack is amazingly illustrated through the details of the extremely physical hard work that is required to run camp, awful bunkhouse sleeping quarters, gross body odor and of course their food. My boys loved every repulsive detail of greybacks, pants rabbits, and chew.

The book is packed with lumberjack vocabulary. It was a ton of fun guessing funny phrases such as: crumb chaser, greenhorn, douse the glim, sinkers, belly burglar, and Big Push among many, many more.

The story comes full circle, satisfies the reader and provides an exciting journey all the way to the last chapter.

Journey Back to Lumberjack Camp will remain on our family bookshelf next to Harry Potter, Diary of A Wimpy Kid and of course the classics. I hope to pass it on to the next generation of readers in our family.

I encourage you to find out more about author Janie Lynn Panagopoulos and her other books.

Have you ever been so happy after reading a good book that you had to reach out to the author to tell him or her how much it was enjoyed? That’s exactly what we did with this book through her website. The best part is that Janie actually responded back with more inside information on this wonderful book sharing a little bit about the research process and who the book characters are portrayed after in real life. Very kind of her to connect with her new readers.

I recommend Journey Back to Lumberjack Camp for your next bedtime journey or classroom voyage!

Compliments of, author, Janie Lynn Panagopoulos, I am giving 5 lucky winners a free copy of their book choice from her collection. The titles A Faraway Home: An Orphan Train Story and Runes of Isle Royale are NOT part of the contest.

How to enter:
Visit Janie’s collection of books and come back here and leave a blog post comment telling me which book you’d like to win.

*Update – New Deadline – The Giveaway will end on September 30, 2013 at 12:00 am (EST) November 30, 2013 at 12:00 am (EST). The winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to confirm the win and provide a mailing address (no P.O. Boxes) before another winner is chosen. The titles… A Faraway Home: An Orphan Train Story & Runes of Isle are NOT part of the contest. Contest is open to U.S. mailing addresses only.

Good luck!!


  1. Thank you for introducing me to this author! All of the books sound wonderful – I love books that tie in local details and accurate historical facts. I think I would like to first read Journey Back to Lumberjack Camp. Thanks for hosting such a great giveaway!

  2. Bernadette Milligan says:

    All the books sound wonderful! My husband and I are both Michiganders and love our great state! Just this summer I started reading my 8 and almost 6 year olds chapter books. We’ve read Charlotte’s Web, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, we’re on Mary Poppins (a tough read), and The Wizard of Oz is on deck. Reading is something I can do with the big kids while nursing my 3 month old. Can’t wait to dive into Janie Lynn Panagopoulos’ books!

  3. I would love to read the Journey Back to the Lumberman’s Camp- sounds so good and my grandson will be old enough soon for chapter books.

  4. Krystal Dunlap says:

    I think my kids and I would like A faraway home: An orphan train story.

  5. Jill Gardner says:

    The “Journey Back to Lumberjack Camp” sounds absolutely perfect for my 12 year old twin boys. One of them is being bullied at school because of his Asperger’s so he really relates to any books with that theme.

    Thank you for making us aware of this author. I’ll look for her books in the future, both at the library and the bookstore.

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