Monday, October 24, 2011

Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol

Anya’s Ghost
Published by First Second, 2011
224 pages (paperback)

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. (from

Anya’s Ghost wasn’t what I expected it to be, but that is definitely a good thing. At the start of the book there was a slight creepy factor, but mainly I wanted to give Anya an attitude adjustment and let her be friends with her newly found ghost. However, after Anya met her ghost, things went from pleasant to kind of weird to ohmygoshthisiscrazy!

Besides just being a book about a girl and her ghost, the story touches on teen issues, the lives and feelings of immigrants, and how to be proud of who you are. Also, the author/illustrator did a great job of depicting the emotions and moods of the characters. Subtly, page by page the characters became more real and changed their motives and attitudes.

In a way, I wished that the book was longer so I could have learned more about Anya and why she feels/acts the way she does. Maybe there will be another Anya book so I can get to know her more J

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