Anya's Ghost

Vera Brosgol
Anya could really use a friend. But her new BFF isn’t kidding about the “forever” part . . . Of all the things Anya expected to find at the bottom of an old well, a new friend was not one of them. Especially not a new friend who’s been dead for a century. Falling down a well is bad enough, but Anya’s normal life might actually be worse. She’s embarrassed by her family, self-conscious about her body, and she’s pretty much given up on fitting in at school. A new friend—even a ghost—is just what she needs. Or so she thinks. Spooky, sardonic, and secretly sincere, Anya’s Ghost is a wonderfully entertaining debut graphic novel from author/artist Vera Brosgol. A 2011 Kirkus Best Teen Book of the Year A School Library Journal Best Fiction Book of 2011A Horn Book Best Fiction Book of 2011Winner of the 2012 Eisner Award for Best Publication for Young Adults (Ages 12-17)

Reviews

Reviewed: 2018-11-14

I'm a Supernatural fan...and SPN canon bleeds into other things. 

Like books where teenager takes home a bone by accident and then keeps it. 

The rest of the book I was like, duh-ghosts are not our friends! 

 

But then I kicked my SPN brain to the curb and focus on the story. The angst of teenage years I could connect with but add with that angst is the being an immigrant. Of how cruel kids can be, even without aiming to be sometimes. 

 

This was a melancholy look at friendships and fitting in and yes, ghosts. It was a great Halloween read and something I would recommend. 

Reviewed: 2017-06-29

The top things I love most in this book is that the art is beautiful and really well done and that Anya feels like a believable young character struggling through school and having difficulties with herself image and such. I feel that her character and illustrations really seem to compliment each other well. She's worth reading about but the story is kinda predictable. This spooky read will be perfect in October and I can't wait to put it on our Halloween display! ~Ashley

Reviewed: 2016-11-30

Fun graphic novel about a young Russian-American and her new BFF. Anya is a typical high school kid; she struggles with her identity and finds it tough to fit in at school. After a tiff with her friend, Siobhan, she skips class and wanders off until she falls down a well. And there she encounters Emily, a young ghost who has been trapped for decades...
I'm really becoming a graphical-novel-convert. Loved this.

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