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The War at Ellsmere

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Jun is the first scholarship student to attend Ellsmere, much to the disdain of the school bully, Emily.

Like everything by this super-talented creator, it’s a quality, well-written comic full of humour, heart and superb characters - definitely worth a look for Hicks and indie comics fans! 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.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. The story follows thirteen-year-old Juniper (Jun), who has won a scholarship to Ellsmere, a prestigious girls boarding school. Come down the travelators, exit Sainsbury's, turn right and follow the pedestrianised walkway to Crown Walk and turn right - and Coles will be right in front of you. There were so many times i wanna smack the hell out of Emily and as she was so disrespectful and coward. Told over the course of twelve chapters (or months) we experience the ups and downs of Juniper’s year at Ellsmere.

Although the story focus is not on the academic work it is nice that completing work well and on time is one of the sub-threads presented in the comic. The reason for this is simply because Juniper is from a poor background and does not have the privileged upper-class lifestyle Emily and her cronies enjoy. 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. 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. Juniper wins a scholarship to the prestigious Ellsmere Academy boarding school but soon finds herself at odds with the rich toff girls who see poor people as entertainment.But living at Ellsmere is far from ideal: she is labeled a 'special project', Ellsmere's queen bee is out to destroy both her and her new friend Cassie, and it's rumored that a mythical beast roams the forest next to the school . 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. She’s a villainous cardboard cut-out rather than a character we get to know, let alone understand her motivations and behaviour.

She (of course) catches the evil eye of a girl who is never really stated to be the most popular, though at least as concerns Jun's story, the girl is far-away the most powerful. The War at Ellsmere focuses on Juniper, a girl who has got into a boarding school on a full scholarship. We use cookies to collect information about how you use the Charity Commission Register of Charities and Digital Services, such as pages you visit.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 War at Ellsmere is on the American Library Association’s Great Graphic Novels for Teens short list! 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!

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