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The War at Ellsmere

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It has all the good stuff; mean girls, competition, friendships, advocating for what is right and even some magic! First off, One Year at Ellsmere, the new and improved version of an older graphic novel that was published years ago under the title The War at Ellsmere, is out now from First Second Books! With its huge bathroom including a free standing bath and enormous shower- the small bottle of complimentary prosecco was enjoyed whist unwinding in the bathtub. Hicks' characters are built of expressions and she sells these effortlessly, taking a character through a range of visible, discernible emotions across the space of a single page.

Given that Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong was first published in 2013 and there is no sequel (as far as I can find) I think you’ll need to assume there won’t be a sequel. For the veterans among your Ellsmere ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions. It's not so much that teenagers are shallow (though many are), but their depth of experience certainly is. The War at Ellsmere is on the American Library Association’s Great Graphic Novels for Teens short list! But living at Ellsmere is far from ideal: She is labeled a "special project," Ellsmere's queen bee is out to destroy her, and it's rumoured that a mythical beast roams the forest next to the school.Cassie tells Juniper the story of the family who originally lived at Ellsmere and the mysterious disappearance of the two brothers.

Shelli Paroline has done a stellar job of colouring the book too (especially when you consider how many school skirts she’s had to colour! When studious teenager Juniper wins a scholarship to the prestigious Ellsmere Academy, she expects to find a scholastic utopia. We use cookies to collect information about how you use the Charity Commission Register of Charities and Digital Services, such as pages you visit.Loved the characters (especially the self-aware evil henchwomen) and the ending sets things up nicely for a sequel. One Year at Ellsmere is a really sweet story about friendship, belonging and feeling like you don't fit in. The magic beast gets introduced by Orphan who told a tale of the school (duh) about two brothers disappearing in the forest (duh). I'm not sure the revised and colored artwork really adds much, but using it as an excuse to revisit the story reminds me that I wouldn't mind seeing a new tale set at Ellsmere. One Year at Ellsmere is a feel-good graphic novel about friendship and fitting in, from the New York Times bestselling Faith Erin Hicks!

Jun is the first scholarship student to attend Ellsmere, much to the disdain of the school bully, Emily. From New York Times bestselling author Faith Erin Hicks comes a feel-good graphic novel about friendship and fitting in.

However, I do think that this projected a rather plain and typical representation of the tropes in this book. Authors aiming to interest nascent adults need drum up narrative conflicts with which these readers will be acquainted—and let’s be honest, the well of experienced conflicts will run a lot deeper for grown-ups than it will for nearly any fourteen-year-old. But living at Ellsmere is far from ideal: She is labeled a “special project,” Ellsmere’s queen bee is out to destroy her, and it’s rumored that a mythical beast roams the forest next to the school.

Her graphic novels include The Nameless City trilogy, Friends with Boys, Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong (with Prudence Shen), Pumpkinheads, and the Eisner Award-winning The Adventures of Superhero Girl. Jun, the MC, is on a scholarship at a prestigious boarding school and immediately becomes the mean girl's target. I never went to an all-girls school but I can only imagine the sea of bitchiness that such establishments harbour (a mixed school is bad enough for bullying) but to single Juniper out because of her economic background is disgusting.That seems to be exactly what's going on with Emily, and I like that Hicks didn't fall into the popular=mean cliche.

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