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Anya's Ghost

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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. Anya's Ghost is a 2011 Kirkus Best Teen Books of the Year title. One of School Library Journal's Best Fiction Books of 2011.One of Horn Book's Best Fiction Books of 2011.Winner of the 2012 Eisner Award for Best Publication for Young Adults (Ages 12-17)show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 149.86 x 213.36 x 20.32mm | 498.95g
  • Roaring Brook Press
  • FIRST SECOND
  • New Milford, United States
  • English
  • chiefly Illustrations
  • 1596435526
  • 9781596435520
  • 53,875

Review quote

"Anya's Ghost is a masterpiece, of YA literature and of comics." --Neil Gaiman "Remarkable. . . . with an attitude and aptitude reminiscent of Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis) who likewise conveyed the particulars of an immigrant adolescence, Brosgol has created a smart, funny and compassionate portrait of someone who, for all her sulking and sneering, is the kind of daughter many parents would like to have. And the kind of girl many of us maybe once were." --The New York Timesshow more

About Vera Brosgol

Vera Brosgol was born in Moscow, Russia, and emigrated with her family to the United States as a child. She has a degree in Classical Animation and currently works as a storyboard artist at Laika, Inc. Her work can be seen in the recently released Coraline.show more

Our customer reviews

Reason for Reading: I love a good ghost story! Brilliant creepy ghost story! Anya is a Russian immigrant highschool student. She's been in America since she was 5 so she's pretty much Americanized except for her name, but she doesn't see it that way. She feels as though she has to struggle to fit in at school, that her mother and her Russian cooking and ways are embarrassing, that she's expected to be friends with the new Russian nerdy kid is beyond endurance, especially since she only has one friend herself who is also an outsider. What with normal teen issues such as body image, a crush on the school's cutest guy and embarrassing herself in gym; it's not like she doesn't have enough on her plate. But then one day she falls down an open well in the woods and finds a skeleton and its ghost. The ghost comes along with her and becomes her new best friend, but what at first seems a sad, kind, helpful ghost turns into something much more sinister and Anya realizes she's put her whole family at risk. Absolutely loved this! The pace was perfect; it just slowly got creepier and creepier and watching the ghost's true self come out was a lot of fun. Anya was a great heroine; someone easily relatable to, with issues similar to all of us at that age. Do take note of the age recommendation (14+), the book is written about teenagers and contains material or references to topics that will not be appropriate for youngers.show more
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