by Hope Larson


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416935872
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 06/17/2008
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 719,906
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Hope Larson is the author of Who Is AC? and the author-illustrator of Mercury, Chiggers, Gray Horses, and Salamander Dream, which Publishers Weekly named one of 2005's best comics. She won a 2007 Eisner Award, the highest honor for a comic artist. She lives with her husband in Los Angeles. You can visit her at

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Chiggers 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
delzey on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Abby has arrived at camp first (as usual, due to her mother) and as the other girls arrive everyone slips back into their camp personalities and cliques. Abby's closest friend Rose has returned as a counselor this year and her additional duties preclude her and Abby from hanging out as much.As the bunks fill in her cabin Abby ends up with new girl Deni beneath her who spends her day complaining about what a dump the camp is and her nights scratching herself into oblivion. The girls come back to their cabin and find Deni mysteriously gone, and quickly the rumor is she contracted chiggers and was sent home.The next girl to fill the bunk is Shasta, a hippie-esque weirdo who refrains from many camp activities due to her own mysterious illness, a illness that requires a daily medication she refuses to take. While Abby has always been a sort of fifth wheel around her cabin mates, Shasta is the out-and-out weirdo, and when Abby is stuck showing the new camper around she finds herself battling between distancing her self from Shasta and making friends with her.Shasta, it turns out, was struck by lightning and occasionally finds her hair raised on end and little balls of lightning drift into her cabin looking for her. There's tension between Abby and Shasta when they find themselves attracted to the same boy until Shasta is sent home for failure to take her medicine. Camp ends with a kiss and a bandanna and memories that make camp that place where strangers are friends for life until it's time to go home.Larson's graphic novel pulls off the trick of being episodic without feeling episodic, telling the story of a summer without a plot. Abby, and all the girls for that matter, are mean and nice, conflicted and assured, friends and enemies. They are kids at that age where everything is possible which means they run hot and cold with the wind. Everything is possible at camp, and Larson picks out those moments that highlight those possibilities; the friendship bracelets, the games of capture the flag, the overnight hike with the ghost stories and a flashlight. None of it cliched or bathed in the patina of nostalgia or underscored with "deeper meaning" than the moment it exists in.More like this, please.
Girl_Detective on LibraryThing 5 months ago
A very good young-adult graphic novel for girls. A summer at camp, more sweet than bitter, but a bit of both.
hewayzha on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Makes me glad I only went to summer camp once. I would guess that this is a pretty good depiction of what it is like as cliques develop in any group situation. I admired Abby for being able (not without some doubt) to be a friend to Shasta even though her other friends did not like.
librarianbryan on LibraryThing 5 months ago
More obviosly aimed towards YAs and tweens than her other titles, this volume none the less captures Larson's magic realism at its best. The art remains superb but I feel like she's beginning to get stuck in a narrative rut. I'm anxious to see what types of stories she creates in the future.
francescadefreitas on LibraryThing 5 months ago
A simple summer camp story, with all the camp trappings, friendship, growing up, popularity and the lack of it. Abby's relationships have the intensity that only the compressed time of summer camp can give.I'd give this to middle school girls who are looking for a realistic story - and I wonder if the graphic novel format might help hook in reluctant readers.
avisannschild on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Chiggers is the story of Abby, who goes back to the same camp she¿s been going to every summer, only to find everything is different this year. Her friend Rose is a cabin assistant and doesn¿t have much time for her, and her other friends don¿t like the new girl she¿s been asked to show around. My main problem with this graphic novel was that, although I like Larson¿s crisp drawing style, some of the characters looked so similar that I had trouble telling them apart (even on second reading). I also found that I didn¿t ¿get¿ parts of the story. For example, it wasn¿t clear to me why Abby¿s friends disliked Shasta so much. (They say she¿s annoying, but I didn¿t really see why.) I also didn¿t understand the significance of what happened at the very end of the story. I did enjoy the fact that the book included the rules of a card game played by the characters as well as instructions on how to make a friendship bracelet. I also thought the magic realism elements of the story were intriguing, but unfortunately not fully developed. I can¿t recommend this one, although lots of other folks enjoyed it.
knielsen83 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Just a silly graphic novel about some girls at camp. Of course, like every random book I read, there's some reference to D&D which I found amusing. It was cute, but not all that deep and I really do believe 13 yr olds need some deeper material.
JennGrrl More than 1 year ago
This is a great one for tweens. There are definitely some lessons in there for young girls.
ThisIsAndie More than 1 year ago
I friggin LOVE this book! Its great! Creative storyline, creative events, creative characters, creative everything! This a fantastic comic and I suggest this to people who are like me and are very picky about their books. READ IT.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
CHIGGERS is a very enjoyable, quick read.

Abby can't wait to go back to summer camp to hang out with her older friend, Rose. But this year Rose comes back to camp as a cabin assistant and doesn't seem to have any time for Abby. Then Shasta arrives. She is very different and Abby thinks she is kind of cool. Then comes the problem -- none of the other girls like her. They think she is weird and fake.

Abby then needs to decide how to balance her two groups of friends, maybe a new boyfriend, and how to feel okay when Rose seems to not be with her.

Growing up is hard to do! I enjoyed this book very much and it was fun to read a graphic novel. I believe that many kids and young adults will like to read this type of medium. I would like to read more. My only complaint is that sometimes I mixed up the characters, but that may be because I'm not a picture reader -- but if I read more I may get better at it! Thank you, Hope Larson!