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The War at Ellsmere

The War at Ellsmere

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At times, I really felt like smacking Emily, I mean she is a disgraceful human being and utterly detestable but, unfortunately, also highly accurate. 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. While working on their assignment near the forest they see a strange creature moving through the trees. Trigger warnings for classism, grief depiction, death of a father from illness recounted, parental neglect mentioned, minor blood depiction, hunting, and bullying.

One Year at Ellsmere is a feel-good graphic novel about friendship and fitting in, from the New York Times bestselling Faith Erin Hicks! Between finishing The War at Ellsmere and beginning this review, I also read Raina Telgameier's Smile and a couple volumes of Kaoru Mori's A Bride's Story. The War at Ellsmere's pretty much what it has to be, so we read and are aware of where it must go and what it must do to get there. And in February of 2021 there will be a second stand-alone Avatar graphic novel, this one focused on Toph (who is kind of my favourite! After twenty years of suffering through Ontario’s obscenely hot summers, she migrated east, and now lives beside the other ocean in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

It’s not so much that teenagers are shallow (though many are), but their depth of experience certainly is. I love the way she immediately makes me fall for the characters and feel their pain and cheer for their triumphs. There are any number of school stories built on this same framework, and Hicks doesn't do anything spectacularly novel with the plotline.

The War at Ellsmere is about Juniper, a 13 year old student who wins a scholarship to a prestigious boarding school, Ellsmere Academy, something she’s been wanting for a long time. The War at Ellsmere focuses on Juniper, a girl who has got into a boarding school on a full scholarship. Through her steady hand, we come to like and appreciate these characters and it’s in their quiet, reflective moments that Hicks allows them to at least begin to transcend their form.There she was homeschooled with her three brothers, and developed an unnatural passion for galloping around on horseback, though never without a proper helmet (because you only get one skull). Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ellsmere census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Don't miss Faith's other YA graphic novels: Hockey Girl Loves Drama Boy, Friends With Boys, Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong (with Prudence Shen) and Pumpkinheads (with Rainbow Rowell).With revamped art and now in full color, One Year at Ellsmere is an endearing—and surprising—middle-grade friendship story from beloved author Faith Erin Hicks! She soon finds herself labeled a "special project," harried by stringent standards, and in the novel position of being someone's nemesis. Therefore the ending is very open, I like to imagine it all went happily ever after and everyone worked out there issues. Jun (Juniper to strangers) is a new arrival at hallowed old Ellsmere, a girls' school with a certain longevity built on the instruction of alumnists' daughters—and the occasional charity case.

The book doesn’t have the most original story and the drama plays out fairly predictably but because the characters are so well realised, you’re with them for the whole ride and the to-ing and fro-ing between Jun and Emily was more than enough to keep me invested. After reading this first ‘year’ I’m sure all readers are going to want to see what future years bring for Juniper.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. Aside from the ending, which baffled me, the book is an easy read, quite engaging, and nothing if not pleasant. 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. queen bee while utilizing them to good effect and examining just what you can lose and gain when you give your all in competition. It's not so much that teenagers are shallow (though many are), but their depth of experience certainly is.



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