Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol received a lot of street creditability in promotions before it reached my hands. This graphic novel was highlighted at the 2012 San Diego Comic Con and the cover quote is from the almighty Neil Gaiman. Now it was just listed in Oprah’s latest e-newsletter about young adult books that parents should read from their kids’ bookshelves. It turns out that all this hype is all deserved. I would have enjoyed this book just on the amazing graphics alone. I was thrilled that there was a complete storyline and subplots that go beyond the ghost.
Anya’s Ghost is a great debut graphic novel. Vera adds a Russian immigrant twist to the standard teen angst storyline. There is so much going on in Anya’s world that the ghost could almost be a side note to her journey but once the pages start turning, the ghost is a real catalyst for change in Anya’s life. This book is edgy enough to be enjoyable for kids but it’s layered enough for adults to realize that there is real heart between the lines. This reviewer adds herself to the long string of supporters for this graphic novel.
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 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)