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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, ...
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 2011
A Horn Book Best Fiction Book of 2011
Winner of the 2012 Eisner Award for Best Publication for Young Adults (Ages 12-17)
Winner of the 2012 Eisner Award for Best Publication for Young Adults (ages 12-17)
"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 Times
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A deliciously creepy page-turning gem from first-time writer and illustrator Brosgol finds brooding teenager Anya trying to escape the past—both her own and the ghost haunting her.
Anya feels out of place at her preppy private school; embarrassed by her Russian heritage, she has worked hard to lose her accent and to look more like everyone else. After a particularly frustrating morning at the bus stop, Anya storms off, only to accidentally fall down a well. Down in the dark hole, she meets Emily, a ghost who claims to be a murder victim trapped down in the dank abyss for 90 years. With Emily's help, Anya manages to escape, though once free, she learns that Emily has traveled out with her. At first, Emily seems like the perfect friend; however, once her motives become clear, Anya learns that "perfect" may only be an illusion. A moodily atmospheric spectrum of grays washes over the clean, tidy panels, setting a distinct stage before the first words appear. Brosgol's tight storytelling invokes the chilling feeling of Neil Gaiman's Coraline (2002), though for a decidedly older set. In addition to the supernatural elements, Brosgol interweaves some savvy insights about the illusion of perfection and outward appearance.
A book sure to haunt its reader long after the last past is turned—exquisitely eerie. (Graphic supernatural fiction. 12 & up)
Posted January 7, 2012
Awesome book-- and this is coming from a pesky manga loving teenager. Basically the plot of the book is about this Russian girl, Anya, and she meets a ghost who claims her and her parents were murdered. The book moves along very quickly, so I won't mention anything more in fear that I'll give it away... I'd say the age range is... 11-16. Check it out :p you know you wanna.
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Posted February 19, 2012
I enjoyed this book. It is probably meant to be a YA title, but I enjoyed it as an adult too. This starts off with an ordinary girl, originally, from Russia, going to high school. She falls into a well and cannot get out. Inside the well is a skeleton and a ghost girl. Ghost girl helps Anya in many ways even after she gets out of the well. But is this ghost who she claims to be? Of course not... This is when things get interesting.
I would love to read a sequel to this book. The artwork is a clear and enjoyable style. I recommend this book to young adults. Be aware, though, she smokes and cuts class. Not a good role model.
She is just an ordinary girl trying to fit in, and find her true self. It all works out in the end. And, she realizes that she does not need to smoke to be cool. She also finds some self respect, and decides that she does not pursue her crush when she finds out that he is a womanizer who mistreats his girlfriend.
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Posted October 1, 2013
Decent graphic novel, if a little preachy. Anya is a bit of a b. and I don't get why she's so angry all the time. Because she's fat? Come on.
Nice twist at the end, but the ghost is the best part of the book.
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I love the art style, the storyline moves along really fast but i read books in a couple of days so it dosent bother me. I wouldnt reccomend this for anyone under 13 or over 20 unless the adult is still stuck in the mental teenage years or the kid is mature, overall, its one of my favorites and up there with hunger gamesWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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I read this book as a school project for BOTB. (Battle of the books for talented and gifted groups) and thought is was an excelent read. I thought i might read it again and ended up doing so multiple times. Though i do think that due to some langauge this book is not for children of a young age or for those who find skeletons and or the paranormal frightning. This book takes the point of view of a teenage russian girl who had moved to america. She has a somewhat normal teenage life but with some very bad twists. Including the fact that she smokes, cuts classes, and hangs out with a friend that may or may not be trustworthy. Her life changed completly after an accidental fall into an abandoned well that hold secrets that should have remaind secrets forever.
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