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The War at Ellsmere

The War at Ellsmere

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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. I was surprised by the thing in the woods; it was not at all what I thought it would be and I was left nonplussed. 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. We stayed in the Swan Room which has a separate bathroom with a free standing bath and separate large shower.

The story was so basic and stereotypical that there just had to be a magical beast that shows up for like 0. 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). Good Ok Bad features reviews of comics, graphic novels, manga, et cetera using a rare and auspicious three-star rating system. The magic beast is said to be a white deer, and when Orphan says that she thinks that it isn't deer, MC doesn't say anything.

Previously published in black-and-white, this edition sports updated line art and solid color work by Shelli Paroline that subtly enhances Hicks's original art. Her published works include Hockey Girl Loves Drama Boy, Friends with Boys, One Year At Ellsmere, The Adventures of Superhero Girl, The Last of Us: American Dreams (with Neil Druckmann), The Nameless City trilogy, Comics Will Break Your Heart, Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong (with Prudence Shen) and the New York Times bestselling Pumpkinheads (with Rainbow Rowell).

That seems to be exactly what's going on with Emily, and I like that Hicks didn't fall into the popular=mean cliche. 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. There's the feelings of abandonment by a parent, in this case, Jun's father died when she was young. Jun, the MC, is on a scholarship at a prestigious boarding school and immediately becomes the mean girl's target. At times, I really felt like smacking Emily, I mean she is a disgraceful human being and utterly detestable but, unfortunately, also highly accurate.I probably have more but I literally forgot everything and it's been like ten minutes since I've read the book. So those hoping to sell books to young audiences have a slender few options to choose from and the end result is a lot of books that are enjoyable enough but are generally just variations on a theme. Trigger warnings for classism, grief depiction, death of a father from illness recounted, parental neglect mentioned, minor blood depiction, hunting, and bullying. For a fuller explanation see my review for 101 Amazing Facts about Australia You can see all the books on their own shelf.

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! That said, the ending brings in a strange mystical element that's completely absent for the rest of the book.Ever since I read Pumpkinheads three times in three months last year, I’ve been on an FEH kick, and honey I just can’t shake it!



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