Anya’s Ghost

By: Vera Brosgol

A ghost helps Anya become more popular and excel at her schoolwork. But when the specter begins to take over Anya’s life, Anya must find a way to get rid of her. Full-color illustrations.

ISBN: 9781596437135

JLG Release: May 2011


Sensitive Areas: Sexual themes, Smoking, Language, Murder
Topics: Graphic novels , Ghosts , High school , Popularity , Immigrants

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Awards & Honors

Booklist 2011 Editors' Choice, Books for Youth, Fiction, Older Reader; sBooklist Top 10 First Novels for Youth, 2011; SLJ Best Books of 2011, Fiction;SLJs Top 10 2011: Graphic Novels; Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Books of 2011; Booklist Lasting Connections of 2012, Social Studies; ALA Top Ten Great Graphic Novels 2012; ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers 2012, Fiction; YALSA Readers' Choice Nomination 2012, Science Fiction & Fantasy; ALA Notable Children’s Book 2012, Older; Booklist Top 10 Graphic Novels for Youth: 2012; BCCB 2011 Blue Ribbon, Fiction; 2012 CCBC Choices; 2011 Cybils Awards, Graphic Novels, Teen/Young Adult/Winner

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Book List*, The Horn Book Magazine*, Kirkus Reviews*, School Library Journal*

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
Anya is a Russian girl who wants to fit in with her American classmates. She falls down a well and meets a ghost named Emily, who was murdered. They become friends and promise to help one another. Emily helps Anya get closer Sean, a boy she likes. In return, Anya promises to help solve Emily’s 90-year-old murder. T
[STARRED REVIEW]
Anya is a Russian girl who wants to fit in with her American classmates. She falls down a well and meets a ghost named Emily, who was murdered. They become friends and promise to help one another. Emily helps Anya get closer Sean, a boy she likes. In return, Anya promises to help solve Emily’s 90-year-old murder. The story is rather dark and at times darkly humorous, especially when Anya fantasizes about Sean. It gets even darker when Anya realizes that Emily has been concealing a very dangerous truth about herself. Anya’s character is not always sympathetic—she cheats on tests, she is often rude to her friends, and she refuses to help another Russian student because he’s too “fobby” (Fresh Off the Boat). But her interactions with Emily and Sean change her and help her to evolve into a character whom readers can admire. The artwork is made up of clean, cartoony lines, reminiscent of that in Hope Larson’s Mercury (S & S, 2010). The mix of mystery, horror, and the coming-of-age theme combined with the appealing graphic style will make Anya’s Ghost an ideal choice for reluctant teen readers.—Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Library

Horn Book

[STAR]
In this graphic novel with the appeal of Raina Telgemeier’s Smile, lonely, sardonic Anya ditches school one morning to fume about her many woes: her embarrassing Russian immigrant family, her self-perceived chubbiness, an unrequited crush, her manipulative (and only) friend Siobhan, an irritatingly clingy “f
[STAR]
In this graphic novel with the appeal of Raina Telgemeier’s Smile, lonely, sardonic Anya ditches school one morning to fume about her many woes: her embarrassing Russian immigrant family, her self-perceived chubbiness, an unrequited crush, her manipulative (and only) friend Siobhan, an irritatingly clingy “fresh off the boat” boy named Dima. Distracted, Anya falls into an abandoned well, where she meets Emily—who’s been dead and trapped there for ninety years. When Anya is rescued, Emily seizes the opportunity to leave her bones and the well for the thrilling world of high school. Having a ghost for a best friend is “awesome” at first (Emily helps Anya cheat on quizzes and spies on her love interest), but Anya gradually learns that Emily hasn’t been exactly honest about her death—and that she’ll stop at nothing to take Anya’s life for herself. Brosgol portrays teenage relationships with family, friends, and self with a subtle touch, making Anya and even Emily as relatable as they are complex and quirky. Approachable sequential art, perfectly timed and rendered entirely in black, white, and shades of indigo, tells this wryly hilarious (and occasionally spine-tingling) story of self-acceptance.

Junior Library Guild

  • Readers will sympathize with Anya, an outsider struggling to fit in at school.
  • Vera Brosgol’s stylized art is bold, engaging, and expressive.
  • The everyday difficulties of high school life, from gym class to parties, are portrayed convincingly.
  • As Anya learns the disturbing truth about Emily, whose gho
    • Readers will sympathize with Anya, an outsider struggling to fit in at school.
    • Vera Brosgol’s stylized art is bold, engaging, and expressive.
    • The everyday difficulties of high school life, from gym class to parties, are portrayed convincingly.
    • As Anya learns the disturbing truth about Emily, whose ghost has been lying to her, she also discovers that the popular kids she envied have unhappy secrets of their own.

Book Details

ISBN

9781596437135

First Release

May 2011

Genre

Dewey Classification

741.5/973

Trim Size

6" x 8 1/2"

Page Count

224

Accelerated Reader

Level 2.3; Points: 1;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 3.3; Points: 3;

Lexile

Level GN240L

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

First Second

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Sexual themes, Smoking, Language, Murder

Topics

Graphic novels, Ghosts, High school, Popularity, Immigrants,

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