Anya's Ghost

Anya's Ghost

Book - 2011
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Anya, embarrassed by her Russian immigrant family and self-conscious about her body, has given up on fitting in at school but falling down a well and making friends with the ghost there just may be worse.
Publisher: New York : First Second, 2011.
ISBN: 9781250040015
9781596437708
9781596435520
1596435526
9781596437135
1596437138
Characteristics: 221 p. :,chiefly ill. ;,23 cm.

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Sparklesmiles
Nov 11, 2017

I really enjoyed this book, it was a quick read that sucked me in. I was a bit disappointed when I reached the end because I wanted more. Teen angst, mystery, young love (or misguided crushes), ghosts, and drama all rolled into one magnificent read. The writing and illustrations worked well together in this graphic novel, the muted colors giving an impression of gloom. The plot keeps the reader engaged and though the basic plot has been done before the author keeps it fresh with a new twist.

Developing your own identity and being comfortable within your own skin is the main theme I pulled from this book, but bullying, underage smoking, lying, and cheating are also themes and lessons that can be addressed with this book.

Read-a-likes for this book include: Page by Paige by Laura Gulledge, Ghostopolis by Doug TenNapel, and Americus by Jonathan Reed.

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CrimsonForests45
Sep 27, 2017

This was an amazing book! The art is very simple but visually pleasing. The artist is wonderful at making each character unique and also communicating the emotions of the characters through body language. The plot itself was fantastic. The high school that Anya goes to is a lot like actual high schools and fairly free of the tired tropes of most high school stories. There is a hot bad boy and a 'popular girl', but the clichés are twisted around so much that it's not annoying. No happy romance story here, which is refreshing to me. At first, Emily just seems like a sweet little sidekick, and Sean seems like the perfect love interest, but then the story takes a sharp turn in the opposite directions. I found this looking for a book that would scare me. While it didn't, it was quite creepy and thrilling! I totally recommend the book!
There are some sexual comments, I'll post a notice about that later.

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SaturdayLibrarian
Jul 27, 2017

Tremendous!

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Citizen92116
May 17, 2017

Just real quick:
This book is fantastic - great storytelling, you learn a little something about yourself, and it has exposure to a culture that isn't commonly covered.
My only criticism is that it's for a younger audience than me. :-)

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jomachase
Mar 22, 2017

This story is all the good things everyone says.

PinesandPrejudice Feb 11, 2017

I loved this story! The twist was the end, while kind of predictable, was great and dynamic and brought more to the story. I really enjoyed Anya's struggle with her identity and what that meant in regards to her family and her nationality. It was an accurate depiction of high school without being too stereotypical or "Mean Girls"-esque. And the ghost...man, what a fun, horrifying addition that makes this story unique.

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skyekilaen
Dec 17, 2016

This will always be one of my favorite YA comic recommendations! Brosgol initially drives the story with some of Anya’s bad choices, but they’re understandable choices instead of stereotyped teen behaviors. (Having worked professionally with teenagers, I love seeing them represented properly as three dimensional people.) The first time I read it, I was so caught up in the plot that I didn’t fully appreciate Brosgol’s art, especially her gift for facial expressions. This time, I slowed down to enjoy. Her art style is so crisp, and she gets so much done with just black, white, grey, and blue. I knew Brosgol's name because she did a little bit of work on Hopeless Savages by Jen Van Meter, and I'm so glad that led me to her.

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ljahani
Jul 28, 2016

It's a very very well illustrated graphic novel that i just couldn't seem to put down (although it was past my bedtime). Just some parts are not suitable for all readers, so just make sure before.

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BRANDI BOWERSOX
May 30, 2016

I picked this up for my 9yr old. I read it first to make sure it was ok. NOTE TO PARENTS... this book is NOT FOR UNDER 16! the main character is an avid smoker and sneaks out of class to smoke in the school bathroom. There is also adult related content (drunken party and sexual related parts) For those who have kids who scare easily, the plot involves a "seemingly" harmless cute ghost, who later turns out to be a ghost of a murderer who turns against our lead character in a frightening chase. Where it is a good book and very well illustrated, I would not recommend this to anyone but an adult audience. Call me over protective, but I just want parents to know what they are handing their kids to read!

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tvkia
May 29, 2016

I picked this up hoping to read the first five pages to get an idea of the book, an hour later I had finished the whole thing. This book captured me completely, the compelling and gripping plot was more than enough to hold my interest. While it's not anything revolutionary, the book created characters with depth and told a scandalous, unique tale packed with beautiful illustrations. I would highly recommend this for somebody who is unsure of graphic novels or is looking for something different.

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SenaDoling
Jun 03, 2017

SenaDoling thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

RobertELPL Mar 06, 2017

RobertELPL thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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tvkia
May 29, 2016

tvkia thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

violet_panda_1496 Sep 27, 2014

violet_panda_1496 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

eldynarzu Jul 30, 2014

eldynarzu thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 15 and 87

Belinda_babe Jan 27, 2014

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Angie1046 Oct 28, 2013

Angie1046 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

Larxii3 Apr 12, 2013

Larxii3 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and under

violet_hummingbird_101 Aug 28, 2012

violet_hummingbird_101 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

HELEN W NASEEF Aug 09, 2012

HELEN W NASEEF thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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eldynarzu Jul 30, 2014

it mad good
You might not know who you are until an unexpected person or thing shows you who you are and how you have become.

Lexxis Jul 20, 2012

Secrets hiddin

darkph0enix13 Jul 07, 2012

“Why can't I just Google it like everything else?! I hate you public library system!” ~ Anya

didi115 Jul 07, 2012

You might not know who you are until an unexpected person or thing shows you who you are and how you have become.

BrooklynFencingGirl13 Jun 14, 2012

Please Miss, you have to wake up right now!

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HELEN W NASEEF Aug 09, 2012

this book is about a girl who is trying smoking to fit in high school by smoking and not doing well in school. she has a huge crush on this popular guy in high school who already has a girlfriend. so one day she was walking on her way home and than she felt in a hole. while she was smoking she saw a ghost. they started talking the ghost seemed nice when she got out of the hole she realizes that she had one of the bones of the ghost's skeleton in her bag the ghost started to help her with some tests ab boy problems. until she finds out the truth that the ghost was a murderer so she tries t o get her out of her life because she tried to hurt her family but finally Anya got rid of her which Anya learned her lesson.

didi115 Jul 07, 2012

This book is about a girl who finds her mother humiliating and was picked on because she comes from a different place. one day she finds herself stuck in an hole with a ghost who claims that she was murdered, but as she helps Anya with tests and boy issues. She tries to control her and Anya finds out the truth about her. the ghost tries to kill her mother, she finds the bone which the ghost is attracted to and throws it back down the whole. and she realized something they had a short conversation which set the ghost free.

jodianmorgan Jun 25, 2012

this book is about a girl being bullied at school and just simply wants to fit in. she would do anything in her power to fit in including starving herself and all that stuff. but then she is put in a situation where love, trust and her family in on the line. 'anya's ghost' is a book that you dont want to miss out on!

whiteshadow13 May 22, 2012

Anya, embarrassed by her Russian immigrant family and self-conscious about her body, has given up on fitting in at school but falling down a well and making friends with the ghost there just may be worse.

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SenaDoling
Jun 03, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Frightening chase scene involving the Main Character and several murder attempts

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zaratebros1
May 22, 2017

Coarse Language: Has a few bad words

didi115 Jul 07, 2012

Other: It can scare kids under the age of 13.

Ólive May 19, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: it can be scary for kids.

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