Notables 2010: Faith Erin Hicks’ War at Ellsmere

Faith Erin HicksThe War at Ellsmere, 2008.

This book is specifically pitched as a YA (Young Adult–i.e. junior high or so), and I’d say that’s about right. It’s a quite well-done fish-out-of-water/mean girls tale about a boarding school with an interesting history. Not deep, not, probably, for adults, but it kept me eagerly turning pages, which isn’t that easy to do to a jaded BAC editor like me.

Age: grades 6-8

What is this “Notable” thing all about? Matt and Jessica are the series editors for the Best American Comics, and are responsible for the Notable Comics list at the back of the book, which is comprised of virtually all the comics we sent to the guest editor that weren’t picked, as well as a number of others that we think are noteworthy for various reasons, but that we didn’t send to the guest editor.

We’ve always hoped readers will delve a bit into the list to find more great stories once they finish reading BAC. Realistically, though, we know that’s tough. What can you know about a story from a title and author? So this is one of a series of posts focusing on each of the Notables from the 2010 Best American Comics.

Have or know of a comic we should look at? Find submission info here.


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