Miss Ellicott's School for the Magically Minded

Miss Ellicott's School for the Magically Minded

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Chantel would much rather focus on her magic than on curtsying, which is why she often finds herself in trouble at Miss Ellicott's School for Magical Maidens. But when Miss Ellicott mysteriously disappears along with all the other sorceresses in the city, Chantel's behavior becomes the least of her problems. Without any magic protecting the city, it is up to Chantel and her friends to save the Kingdom. On a dangerous mission, Chantel will discover a crossbow-wielding boy, a dragon, and a new, fiery magic that burns inside her -- but can she find the sorceresses and transform Lightning Pass into the city it was meant to be?
Publisher: New York, NY : Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062402639
Characteristics: 361 pages : map ; 22 cm


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Sep 03, 2018

This book reminded me of Magyk by Angie Sage. I really liked the twisty turvey city. And the magic left nothing wanting.

The blurb was kind of confusing though. Because when I read it I assumed that the book was about them rescuing the sorceresses. But I only got a third into the book when it became clear that that was not what it was about. I also found the ending dissatisfying. I don't know why though.

It just wasn't what I thought it would be when I read the blurb.

I liked the magical essence. And the circle of mages were cool. But, as a whole this book was unsatisfying.

KCLS_RobinH Jul 07, 2017

Chantel, an underfed orphan living within a walled city run by the Patriarchs, learns only the most basic magic at Miss Ellicott's School. When her snake 'familiar' crawls into her ear, and with the help of an outsider and fellow students, Chantel's powers and self-awareness grow, eventually helping her rise to save the city she loves. Great magical feats, funny banter, and snarky commentary on the ridiculous aspects of being bound to a dragon in a city that runs on sexism and xenophobia make this a witty and exciting middle-grade read from the author of Jinx. Clean fantasy; doesn't belong in the Teen section. Only complaint: the map provided does NOT show Dimswitch, a location in the story where much of the late action occurs. This was a poor editorial error.

ArapahoeMary May 05, 2017

The title is somewhat misleading as it makes this sound like a Harry Potter-esque story about studying magic. It is a little about that, but it's more about power, doing what's right, and a 13-year-old girl who has to use her burgeoning magic to save her city (with the help of a dragon that just popped out of her head).


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