The Resource Miss Ellicott's school for the magically minded, Sage Blackwood

Miss Ellicott's school for the magically minded, Sage Blackwood

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Miss Ellicott's school for the magically minded
Title
Miss Ellicott's school for the magically minded
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Sage Blackwood
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Miss Ellicotts school for the magically minded
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Language
eng
Summary
Repeatedly landing in trouble at her finishing school because of her preference for practicing magic instead of manners, Chantel enlists her friends to protect the kingdom when her teacher goes missing along with the city's protective magic.--
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Amelia Bloomer List, 2018.
Review
  • Grades 5-8 /* Starred Review */ Chantel Goldenrod is the most talented student at Miss Ellicott’s School for Magical Maidens. While others struggle for years to summon a familiar, Chantel summoned hers (a snake named Japheth) at age six. Unfortunately for the more magically minded, Miss Ellicott emphasizes deportment and obedience over the study of spells, potions, and wards. But when Miss Ellicott and the rest of the sorceresses disappear, Chantel must ignore all rules in order to find them. Meanwhile, it’s hard to identify the true enemy. Is it the evil Marauders surrounding Lightning Pass who threaten to attack the city wall? Or the patriarchs and king who hoard the scarce food supply while citizens go hungry? Good thing Chantel has capable companions in her sensible friend Anna, a Marauder boy on the run named Franklin, and a dragon called Lightning. This fantastical adventure is a sheer delight, featuring a smart, kind, and brave heroine. Though the story involves the darkness of people’s hearts when they lust for power, it maintains a playfully humorous and good-natured tone. The king and patriarchs are narratively limited by their selfish behavior, but most of the other significant characters exhibit a realistic mix of strengths and flaws. Recommended for fantasy readers who want a plot on the cozier side, but still with serious consequences. -- Young, Michelle (Reviewed 2/1/2017) (Booklist, vol 113, number 11, p51)
  • Gr 4–8—Chantel is a powerful young sorceress, but she's had less luck with the deportment lessons that all magical maidens learn at Miss Ellicott's school. When Miss Ellicott mysteriously disappears, a lack of deportment may be the least of Chantel's problems. Marauders are besieging the city, and suddenly none of the adult sorceresses are around to perform the spells that strengthen the walls. Also, Chantel's snake familiar has crawled into her head, which doesn't help matters. As she takes responsibility for the school's younger students, questions the city's patriarchy and the old ways of thinking, and begins to find her way into her full powers, Chantel starts to learn when to be biddable and when to be bold. This imaginative story has it all: magic and adventure but also humor and relevant political undertones for savvy readers. Chantel is described as brown-skinned; the racial identity of other characters is not specified. This book features a strong plot and well-developed characters. Readers who enjoyed Blackwood's earlier works will not be disappointed. Hand this to fans of Diana Wynne Jones and Shannon Hale. VERDICT This clever fantasy is a strong purchase for most middle grade collections.—Misti Tidman, Mansfield/Richland County Public Library, OH --Misti Tidman (Reviewed 01/01/2017) (School Library Journal, vol 63, issue 1, p83)
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10555104
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Blackwood, Sage
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FIC
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
no index present
Intended audience
Ages 8-12
Interest level
MG
LC call number
PZ7.B5345
Literary form
fiction
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  • 4
  • 8
Reading level
4.9
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True
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Accelerated Reader
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  • Magic
  • Missing persons
  • Boarding schools
  • Schools
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Miss Ellicott's school for the magically minded, Sage Blackwood
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Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
361 pages
Isbn
9780062402639
Lccn
2016935939
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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illustrations, map
Label
Miss Ellicott's school for the magically minded, Sage Blackwood
Publication
Carrier category
  • sheet
  • volume
Carrier category code
  • nb
  • nc
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  • cartographic image
  • text
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22 cm
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First edition.
Extent
361 pages
Isbn
9780062402639
Lccn
2016935939
Media category
unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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illustrations, map

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