One Year at Ellsmere

Faith Erin Hicks

Age 12 +
02 November 2023
176 pages


One Year at Ellsmere is a feel-good graphic novel about friendship and fitting in, from the New York Times bestselling Faith Erin Hicks!

Is boarding school supposed to be this hard?

When studious teenager Juniper wins a scholarship to the prestigious Ellsmere Academy, she expects to find a scholastic utopia. 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 . . .

At this point, Juniper is just hoping to survive the year at Ellsmere.

With black and white inside illustrations, this is a funny and heartwarming graphic novel perfect for anyone who's ever felt like they don't belong. 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).

Panels are broken out to capitalize on specific moments, creating a variety of impactful emotional beats: sardonic retorts, profound loneliness, smug satisfaction, and doe-eyed vulnerability.