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*Starred Review* Longtime Web cartoonist Hicks has written a spot-on graphic novel for girls who are too young or not yet jaded enough for Gossip Girl and its clones. Ellsmere is a posh boarding school where the titular war is one of class: the snooty rich bullies versus new girl Juniper (the year’s “scholarship project”) and her roommate, who is nicknamed the Orphan because her family provides her with no emotional support. By introducing an element of fantasy to support the message that being true to yourself is the right way to live your life, Hicks gives readers enough tension and quirky turns to satisfy and pleasantly surprise. Her loopy black-and-white art does a fine job of distinguishing the girls from each other, and Ellsmere is depicted as both traditional (plaid uniforms) as well as contemporary (laptops in the dorm rooms). Not just for kids with boarding-school fantasies, this comic should also be handed to budding writers and storytellers. Juniper is a fully developed, eminently realistic character whose self-confidence and emotional intelligence make her a role model not only for her classmates but also for readers who are less sure of themselves or haven’t yet discovered how to channel their own creativity. Grades 5-8. --Francisca Goldsmith
it is a graphic novel and soo fun to read. it is very interataining! sorry but SPOILER ALERT: IT WAS THE UNICORN FROM THE FOREST THAT SAVES THE DAY!!! Read morePublished on November 7, 2011 by Allison Lempa
I had to read this for a comic book English class I took last year. I really enjoyed it- for me it was like Gossip Girl with a swirl of Gossip Girl. Read morePublished on August 2, 2010 by A. Norman-Beltran
I think this is what's called "middle grade" fiction. It's a nice little comic about an overachiever and a queen bee, pretty well paced and well told, but that's it. Read morePublished on May 6, 2010 by Amazon Customer