Miss Ellicott's School for the Magically Minded

Miss Ellicott's School for the Magically Minded

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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.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062402639
0062402633
Branch Call Number: J FICTION Blackwoo Sage 03/2017
Characteristics: 361 pages :,illustrations ;,22 cm

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JCLChrisK Mar 10, 2018

This is a splendid little story. "Little" because it's a fantasy that stands alone. "Splendid" because it cleverly addresses some heavy themes with a light touch, nicely balancing dry humor and serious adventure. It's much fun.

Chantel has spent her life living and learning... Read More »


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JCLChrisK Mar 10, 2018

I give you Chantel Goldenrod, magician, age thirteen.

Dangerous?

Yes, of course. All people are dangerous, especially when they think and act for themselves.

And does she?

Not yet.

Not entirely.

But there are signs.

And the girl is certainly magical, and she is training to be a sorceress.

Therefore, there are dangers. She is carefully watched.

We have seen nothing to alarm us yet. She is a model of deportment. She speaks when spoken to and otherwise maintains a proper silence in the presence of her elders and betters.

She can't possibly be planning anything.

Nonetheless, she is thirteen, and she is a magician, and she is female.

We will keep an eye on her.

JCLChrisK Mar 10, 2018

“Prognosticatory magic is slippery stuff,” Miss Ellicott went on. “It is difficult to see the Will-Be, and even the Ago can be wavery and uncertain.”

Chantel was surprised by this, as she had always assumed that once something happened, it was done and was known. Miss Ellicott now told them this was not the case. It all came down to missing information, lost perspectives, and points of view.

Points of view are funny things.

JCLChrisK Mar 10, 2018

It was really difficult to believe you had a right to argue when you were confronted by wise-looking men telling you that you did not.

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JCLChrisK Mar 10, 2018

This is a splendid little story. "Little" because it's a fantasy that stands alone. "Splendid" because it cleverly addresses some heavy themes with a light touch, nicely balancing dry humor and serious adventure. It's much fun.

Chantel has spent her life living and learning at Miss Ellicott's School for Magical Maidens, where "spells, potions, wards, summonings, and deportment" are "taught to deserving surplus females." The deportment seems most important to adults, as magical maidens should be "shamefast and biddable," knowing their place and attending to their duty. Everyone in the walled city of Lightning Pass knows their places and attends to their duties. That's how the society maintains order. Most of all, citizens should never question their leaders.

Then, one day, Miss Ellicott responds to a summons and doesn't return, and the school has no food. Chantel and a couple of friends decide to seek help from the city's leaders. The help they receive is not so helpful, and Chantel finds herself gradually taking matters into her own hands. Before she knows it, she is in the middle of a struggle for power between selfish, greedy players on all sides, learning there is much more to the world than she ever expected. She also finds herself unexpectedly riding a dragon. A very powerful dragon.

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