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The War at Ellsmere

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I was not a fan of Emily, she was very one dimensional, and I just wish there was more to her character. The story was so basic and stereotypical that there just had to be a magical beast that shows up for like 0.

For instance, we hear that Jun's father died when she was young, and she clearly has a lot of pent-up emotions about that, but other than a look of longing at a picture and a brief conversation with her roommate, we don't hear much about how her father's death had affected her.

We use cookies to collect information about how you use the Charity Commission Register of Charities and Digital Services, such as pages you visit. She has once again managed to bring out the feelings of isolation of the main character but does so in a way where the character does not come across as weak. At times, I really felt like smacking Emily, I mean she is a disgraceful human being and utterly detestable but, unfortunately, also highly accurate. This is the second book I've read by Faith Erin Hicks and I have to say that I love the way she captures a teenagers life. It has all the good stuff; mean girls, competition, friendships, advocating for what is right and even some magic!

Which you can’t miss, it’s literally the full title: One Year at Ellsmere: A YA Graphic Novel about Friendship and Standing Up for What You Believe In.Anyway, Juniper is a great character because she isn't all self-pitying and doesn't allow Emily to get one over her and ruin her time at school. One Year at Ellsmere has updated artwork (I re-inked the entire book) and is now in colour, thanks to the work of amazing colourist Shelli Paroline! I received an ARC of this book, where the coloured pages stop at page 12 before switching to black and white. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average.

She soon finds herself labeled a "special project," harried by stringent standards, and in the novel position of being someone's nemesis. If you are a resident of another country or region, please select the appropriate version of Tripadvisor for your country or region in the drop-down menu. Review: So I didn’t realise this was book 1 until the last few pages, which was a bit disappointing.

All that said about the characters, the one critique I’d make is that Emily, the head mean girl, comes off as a bit too one dimensional. That said, the ending brings in a strange mystical element that's completely absent for the rest of the book. Except for the ending, where a fantastical creature arrives to save the day in a very surprising instance of deus ex machina. The characters are done so well, the evil snob, the sweet friend and Juniper, the tough scholarship girl out to prove herself. Luckily for Jun, she has an ally in the quirky Cassie, who tells her the story of Ellsmere's eccentric founders and the legend of the creature that roams the woods on the school's grounds.

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