Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol

I am really starting to enjoy graphic novels, and I plan on reading a lot more next year – it’s one of my resolutions. 

Anya’s Ghost was the last graphic novel I read, it was funny and the art work was stunning.

From the blurb:

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.

Anya doesn’t fit in at her school; her family are Russian immigrants, and it took her forever to lose her accent.  Her mum keeps sending her to school with paper bags full of greasy Russian stodge, making her go to church, and trying to get her to be friends with fellow immigrant Dima.

Anya has one friend, Siobhan, and longs to be part of the popular crowd. She is ashamed of her body and her family. She just wants to fit in.

One day she falls down a well, and makes an unexpected friend. Emily was pushed down the well and died in the 1920s. Her spirit is tied to her body, so she is extremely excited to meet someone new. Emily sneaks one of her bones into Anya’s bag so that she can experience life outside of the well. In her desperation to stay above ground, Emily offers to help Anya any way she can; she helps Anya copy answers during unexpected tests, spy on other students and choose daring outfits to impress the boy she likes. Emily is the perfect friend, until she’s not… Anya begins to realise that Emily isn’t telling the truth about how she died and who she really is. 

This is a wonderful graphic novel full of beautiful illustrations and dry humour. 
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.


Stephani Xxx 

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