Anya's Ghost

Anya's Ghost

by Vera Brosgol


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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, 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.

This title has Common Core connections.

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)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250040015
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication date: 03/25/2014
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 30,751
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Vera Brosgol was born in Moscow, Russia, and emigrated with her family to the United States as a child. She has a degree in Classical Animation and currently works as a storyboard artist at Laika, Inc. Her work can be seen in the recently released Coraline.

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Anya's Ghost 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. Highly recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
niahflame More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its really good,highly recommend this for teens
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great story with a twist!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Every young adult should read this phenomenally clever, yet sincere coming of age tale.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice art, good story, great characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a very good book. But i would read it before younger kids do. There is smoking killing and some inapopprate pictures in this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 games
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The graphicnovel was innovative as well as artistically fantastic
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
colorsplash7 More than 1 year ago
Great artwork...simpleyet perfect for the purpose of story. I enjoy graphic novels in general but this is my first YA graphic novel. Very well done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter loves this book,but the only thing is I hope they put it in the nookbook soon and more like this !!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Laura400 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Really good graphic novel, and very original. Not for young kids.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reason for Reading: I love a good ghost story!Brilliant creepy ghost story! Anya is a Russian immigrant highschool student. She's been in America since she was 5 so she's pretty much Americanized except for her name, but she doesn't see it that way. She feels as though she has to struggle to fit in at school, that her mother and her Russian cooking and ways are embarrassing, that she's expected to be friends with the new Russian nerdy kid is beyond endurance, especially since she only has one friend herself who is also an outsider. What with normal teen issues such as body image, a crush on the school's cutest guy and embarrassing herself in gym; it's not like she doesn't have enough on her plate. But then one day she falls down an open well in the woods and finds a skeleton and its ghost. The ghost comes along with her and becomes her new best friend, but what at first seems a sad, kind, helpful ghost turns into something much more sinister and Anya realizes she's put her whole family at risk.Absolutely loved this! The pace was perfect; it just slowly got creepier and creepier and watching the ghost's true self come out was a lot of fun. Anya was a great heroine; someone easily relatable to, with issues similar to all of us at that age. Do take note of the age recommendation (14+), the book is written about teenagers and contains material or references to topics that will not be appropriate for youngers.
tiamatq on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It seems like things couldn't get any worse for Anya. She hates her family - the greasy food her mother makes, her church where no one bothered to learn English, and the way her little brother gets away with everything. She's unpopular at school - maybe it's her body, or the remnants of her Russian accent, or that everyone thinks she hangs out with the one other Russian kid at school, a nerd named Dima. And Anya has no friends - no one to confide in or hang out with. So yeah, perhaps things couldn't get worse for Anya... until she storms off campus one day and falls down a well. But somehow, at the bottom of that well, is the answer to all her problems! Well, sort of. There's a skeleton at the bottom of the well and attached to it is a ghost. Emily died ninety years ago and has been stuck in the well all those years. At first, Anya is terrified of her. But when Emily follows Anya to school and helps her cheat on tests and get noticed by her crush, well... maybe having an undead best friend is pretty awesome. Except there's more to Emily's past than she's letting on. And pretty soon she's controlling more and more of Anya's life. Yeah, Anya was looking for a BFF, but Emily isn't kidding about the "Forever" part.This book is amazing! The art is excellent - no stereotypical rail-thin girls with gravity-defying boobs. Brosgol represents lots of different body types and looks and Anya sports a chubby and pretty body. Her body image issues are worked out in the art and some of the storyline without ever being heavy-handed. The dialogue is spot-on. Anya's wit and sarcasm are perfect for a teenager and I never felt like Brosgol was trying to hard. And the story - I did quite the turn-about on how I felt about these characters as the story progressed. There's enough spookiness to appeal to fans of ghost stories, but I think this would be a story that's an easy sell to almost any reader.
Ellen_Norton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Anya is a Russian immigrant going to a private school. She has just one good friend, and the geeky Dema, in her life. Then one day as she's walking through the woods, she falls into a well. At the bottom of the well she meets a ghost, who follows her home once she's free. While at first the ghost seems to be a blessing, Anya soon discovers that she is not all that she says she is. This funny story is peppered with all the issues of being a teenager, and the excellent drawings that accompany make the book a stupendous read. Appropriate for teens ages 12+.
ewyatt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Anya desperately wants to fit in at her school and distance herself from her Russian-ness. After a fall in a hole in a local park, she finds a skeleton and the ghost of the girl who belonged to the skeleton. After the ghost becomes Anya's bff, she finds Emily isn't exactly what she expected and certainly not someone she wants haunting her long term. This black and white novel includes some surprises and a scary turn or two.
EuronerdLibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A familiar theme (teenage angst, wanting to fit in), brought to life in a creative tale with suspense and unexpected twists. It's one of The illustrations are wonderful, perfectly capturing emotion and humor. Nice pacing and personal journey, too.
4sarad on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Finally a graphic novel I like! The story was interesting from the beginning and it really kept you reading. Easily finished it in one sitting. Very well done!
EKAnderson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love a good graphic novel. And Roaring Brook imprint First Second brings some of the best writers and artists on board to create graphic novels for kids and young adults. One of their latest is ANYA¿S GHOST by Vera Brosgol ¿ as usual, it blew me away.ANYA¿S GHOST is the story of Anya, Russian immigrant teen at a private school where she is constantly teased and virtually friendless. When she falls in an abandoned well on the way home one day, she discovers perhaps the most unlikely companion: a pile of bones. At first terrified that she¿s laying in a well next to a human skeleton, Anya is soon charmed by the ghost, Emily, whose sad story of the death of her family mostly makes Anya want to befriend her, or at least help her move on.When Anya is inevitably rescued from the well, she accidentally takes Emily home with her, soon discovering that Emily can be wherever her bones are, and that she is in the possession of one of the ghost¿s finger bones. At first, it¿s great having Emily around. She helps Anya cheat on her tests and gives her secrets about her crush. But Emily isn¿t everything she appears. She has a lot of secrets. And it turns out Anya has more than she can handle with her new friend.With beautiful art and genius writing, ANYA¿S GHOST is at heart a story of self acceptance and the tough high school social theme, with themes of cultural and class identity. Out today, this is definitely a book to head out and pick up. Don¿t miss it!
mjmbecky on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As many graphic novels are prone to be, this was a really fast read, but with lots of interesting depth. Anya's challenges in coming from an immigrant family are not lost on the reader. Early on in the story we find Anya tossing out her mother's ethnic food, in favor of what she deems more "normal" and then heading off to school. Along the way, she falls down a well and meets the ghost of a girl that died from falling down the same well. What seems like a sad little ghost of a previous sweet girl though, might not be all she's led Anya to believe. Obviously, Anya is saved from the well, but her little ghost friend is not left behind. Rather than helping Anya to fit in better, this ghost has not been as forthright about her death as she should have been, leaving Anya with way more on her hands than just her cultural difference. The story does turn spooky, giving Anya bigger things to worry about than her own ethnic background. In true graphic novel fashion, this spooky story still has a light-heartedness about it that we know will somehow lead to a happy ending.I really liked Anya's Ghost and found the story to be one that I fell into pretty quickly. The pictures are well done and the dialogue propels the action forward. Besides the action, we still understand the emotions felt by many of the characters. Anya just wants to feel "normal" like most teens, but with a ghost hanging around, that leads to more abnormal than one might expect! In the scope of storytelling, graphic novels, and the supernatural, this was a fun and spooky tale that pulled me out of my own little reading slump. Thanks to the creativity of artists and authors combined, their vision came together in an engaging story that plays with the modern and old, with the dark and the light. If you're looking for a fun ghost story that still gets marks for being creepy, then this is a nice one to try out.
lilibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Anya falls down a well, and finds a skeleton - and a ghost. The ghost is friendly and charming at first, helping Anya at school and getting her invited to parties. But then her new ghostly friend turns mean and things get bad.