Preteen girl looking at a cell phone with her parents

Personalized picks at your fingertips

Get the mobile app on iOS and Android

Parents' Guide to

One Year at Ellsmere

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Absorbing graphic novel about friendship and fitting in.

One Year at Ellsmere Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 1 parent review

age 9+
It was a great book pretty short but very exciting.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1 ):
Kids say (1 ):

Middle-schoolers, especially girls, will enjoy this rich update of a school story about friendship, academic competition, and a mysterious creature. The updated illustrations really pop, and now One Year at Ellsmere is all in color. There are lots of positive representations for girls especially, and good examples of strong friendship and how to handle verbal aggression. The story moves along well and keeps the pages turning throughout the school year. The ending brings in a fantasy element that some may feel is out of place, but overall it satisfies while leaving room for more stories from Ellsmere.

Fans of graphic novels and aspiring illustrators will also appreciate the Afterword in which author Faith Erin Hicks documents her creative process and work flow.

Book Details

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate