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The War at Ellsmere

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Jun is wonderful - a headstrong, clever and fiercely independent hero (think Daria but more vulnerable) - as is her roommate, the mousy Cassie (who reminded me a lot of Daisy from Giant Days), who develops over the course of the book from a meek and shy lonely girl into someone more confident and forceful. With revamped art and now in full colour, One Year at Ellsmere is an endearing - and surprising - friendship story from beloved house author Faith Erin Hicks! queen bee while utilizing them to good effect and examining just what you can lose and gain when you give your all in competition. 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.

Where she also succeeds, probably more so than with the main character, is with the outcast character. Both in this book and the one I read before (Friends With Boys), she manages to steal the spotlight from the MC with her outcasted characters. I was not a fan of Emily, she was very one dimensional, and I just wish there was more to her character. I'm assuming the finished copy will be fully coloured, and definitely think that is the better choice. From New York Times bestselling author Faith Erin Hicks comes a feel-good graphic novel about friendship and fitting in.

Cassie tells Juniper the story of the family who originally lived at Ellsmere and the mysterious disappearance of the two brothers.

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. Her art resembles roughly what you'd find in a volume of Scott Pilgrim—only with a touch more detail and (probably) a touch more heart. It's pretty predictable and has the cool girl/poor girl troupe I wouldn't have expected Hicks to play into.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. As well as the confrontations with Emily that see Juniper almost expelled there are funny moments, like building a snowman or Juniper trying to paint a self-portrait. No, not because it was an agonizing read, but rather because it was so short and shiz that I had to take a good five seconds after I read it to really comprehend what I just read. The characters are done so well, the evil snob, the sweet friend and Juniper, the tough scholarship girl out to prove herself.

Luckily, she makes friends with her roommate Cassie, who is sweet-natured and a little kooky; she often mentions things like alien abductions, and she's the one who tells Jun all the crazy stories about the school's mysterious history and the creature said to roam the nearby woods punishing evil.Still, in the interest of padding better informing the potential consumer, I glanced through the book again to jog the memory of it. Her art resembles roughly what you’d find in a volume of Scott Pilgrim—only with a touch more detail and (probably) a touch more heart.

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