The War at Ellsmere

The War at Ellsmere

Book - 2008
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Zombies Calling creator Faith Erin Hicks brings her manga-fueled artstyle and pop-culture sensibilities to girl's boarding schools in her latestbook The War at Ellsmere . Jun is the newest scholarship student at the prestigious Ellsmere girls'boarding school -- but to a lot of the privileged rich girls, "scholarshipstudent" is just a code for "charity case." Fortunately, Jun has an ally in thequirky Cassie, who swears the stories about the man-eating unicorn that lives inthe forest outside of the school are true. Between queen bees and mythicalbeasts, Jun has quite the school year ahead of her.
Publisher: San Jose, Calif. : SLG, c2008.
ISBN: 9781593621407
159362140X
Characteristics: 156 p. :,chiefly ill. ;,23 cm.

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TacoAdvocate Jul 08, 2017

A nerdy girl gets a scholarship for this rich, preppy private school. She makes a cool friend. Deals with a...bully. Pleasant story and was exactly as I had hoped.

There was only one crazy, out of this world moment... and none of the characters are even phased by it? WHAT?! Still a great read, though.

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skyekilaen
Jul 07, 2015

This is my personal favorite of Hicks’s projects so far. Juniper is a 13 year old smart girl whose family has no money. A scholarship to an elite boarding school seems like just the ticket. Until she gets there and earns the enmity of the ruling Mean Girl. You know what else is more interesting than she had anticipated? Whatever's lurking in the forest nearby.

One thing I love about Hicks's work is that no character is ever a stereotype. Even the Mean Girl. Everything doesn't wrap up at the end in a pretty bow either. But you feel pretty good about Jun's future.

OranguTang Nov 08, 2012

The main plot may be predictable but the way it gets there is interesting. A bit of the fantastical mixed in with the usual. Check out Hicks' other books if you haven't read them or Hope Larson.

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Aim_for_peace
Aug 22, 2009

The plot is a bit predictable, but still worth the read.

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cwpstar thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 2 and 7

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