Miss Ellicott’s School for the Magically Minded

By: Sage Blackwood

When Miss Ellicott mysteriously disappears along with all the other sorceresses in the city, it is up to Chantel and her friends to save the Kingdom.

ISBN: 9780062402639

JLG Release: May 2017


Sensitive Areas: Discrimination, Violence
Topics: Fantasy , Magic , Action and adventure , Adventure and adventurers , Friendship , Boarding schools , Witches , Spells , Sorcery , Dragons , Apprentices , Walls , Kings, queens, and rulers , Heroines

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Awards & Honors

2018 Amelia Bloomer List: Middle Grade, Fiction Bookllist 2017 Top 10 Books for Youth, Middle-Grade Animal Stories

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Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews

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“Magical maiden” Chantel’s biggest challenge, in her education to become a proper and correct sorceress who doesn’t frighten the townsfolk (“The city needs sorceresses, but it fears them,” says Miss Ellicott), is “deportment.” So when Miss Ellicott disappears along with all the other sorceresses, the “Magical maiden” Chantel’s biggest challenge, in her education to become a proper and correct sorceress who doesn’t frighten the townsfolk (“The city needs sorceresses, but it fears them,” says Miss Ellicott), is “deportment.” So when Miss Ellicott disappears along with all the other sorceresses, the school runs out of food, and the manageress assigned by the city patriarchs plans to sell off the other little girls, Chantel finds her deportment particularly difficult to maintain. And when, after great exertions, she brings a clue to the patriarchs, hoping to bargain for the manageress’s removal (and something for the little girls to eat), their dismissive response makes her lose her hold on her tongue completely. The familiar premise—a magical school where girls train to become proper young ladies— gains some startlingly Dickensian elements in Blackwood’s deft hands. Chantel’s child’s-eye viewpoint is frequently penetrated by more adult concerns (such as toll roads, tariffs, and the “Marauders” besieging the city wall) without losing narrative consistency. And thanks to a trip outside those city walls, where she and her friends meet an actual marauder, Chantel’s shift in perspective opens up readers’ perspective as well—one more act of storytelling prestidigitation in a story rife with unexpected reveals and thrilling surprises. anita l. burkam

Book Details

ISBN

9780062402639

First Release

May 2017

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Page Count

368

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.9; Points: 10;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 3.8; Points: 15;

Lexile

Level 660L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Katherine Tegen

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Discrimination, Violence

Topics

Fantasy, Magic, Action and adventure, Adventure and adventurers, Friendship, Boarding schools, Witches, Spells, Sorcery, Dragons, Apprentices, Walls, Kings, queens, and rulers, Heroines,

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