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Book Review: Lumber Camp Library

This review is by Sudoku.

I just finished reading Lumber Camp Library by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock. It is about Ruby Sawyer who is the oldest of 11 children. She loves to follow her dad, who is a lumberjack, and she loves to read books. The story is sad when her dad dies and when she has to leave school to watch the younger kids so that her mom can cook meals at the lumber camp to earn money.

The story is happy when Ruby teaches some of the lumberjacks to read and when an old lady gives her some books. There is also a happy ending, but I won’t tell you about that.

Before her dad dies, he tells her that she will be a good teacher. She’s not so sure. When she grew up she taught school and started a library.

Lumber Camp Library is based on a true story. I would recommend this story to girls aged 7 and up. I don’t think boys would like it very much. I think my mom would like it.


  1. Nice write-up, Sudoku! I’m going to see if my library has this book so my daughter can read it. Thanks for the recommendation.

  2. Hi Sudoku! I appreciate your book review. I took your recommendation and checked this book out for my daughter. May I ask if you have read any more by this author that you would recommend? N K-W has written so many, I would like your advice in selecting the best, if you are able. Thanks! ae

  3. Milkmaid

    September 27, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    Amy Ellen,
    This is Milkmaid responding for Sudoku. Sudoku has not yet read any other books by Kinsey-Warnock, though I finally found about a dozen others by her that we can get from our library. Our library’s online system is a bit moody. When I perform an “author or name” search, Kinsey-Warnock doesn’t show up at all. But when I do an “author or name browse” search, she shows up. I’m so glad you mentioned that she had written other books, or I would not have continued searching. Thanks for that tip, and we’ll keep you posted on other good reads we find.

    We’d love to hear your recommendations as well!

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