Anya's Ghost

Brosgol, Vera

Book - 2011
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Anya's Ghost
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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
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781596437135
1596437138
9781596435520
1596435526
Branch Call Number: ygn BROSGOL 2011
Characteristics: 221 p. :,chiefly ill. ;,23 cm

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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.

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.

Anya, embarrassed by her family and lacking confidence in her body and her social skills, finally finds a friend after falling down a well, but learns there are drawbacks to having a ghost as a friend.

(Gr 7 & Up) 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... Read More »


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Mar 10, 2015

“Anya’s Ghost” is a graphic novel about Anya Borzakovskaya, a teenage Russian immigrant. She lives with her mother and younger brother, and in desperately wants to fit in with her American schoolmates. Unfortunately, Anya’s peers don’t readily accept her, and she is left with only one friend. That is, until she falls down a well and accidentally brings home a ghost. Emily is over ninety years old, and died after falling into the same well as Anya and snapping her neck. The two girls quickly become friends, and while Anya likes Emily, she soon notices that perhaps the ghost isn’t telling all the truths she should be…

This graphic novel won an Eisner Award and a Harvey Award. It can be described as a supernatural coming-of-age story, and deals with real issues (such as those faced by new immigrants), and slightly less-real issues (what to do when you accidentally befriend a ghost, for example). The plot is interesting and will touch reader’s hearts while also giving them shivers. The characters are lovable and well-rounded, and the art style they are drawn in is absolutely gorgeous. The setting is familiar (a high school), and helps to bring a sense of closeness to the novel, as readers may feel as though the events are probable, and could actually happen.

Overall, the author of this review highly recommends “Anya’s Ghost”. It is a spooky yet sweet graphic novel filled with both supernatural problems and coming-of-age problems. There is no symbolism in this novel, and while there are some underlying messages about friendship, “Anya’s Ghost” would be better suited as a pleasure read than a ‘book talk’ or essay book. The author of this review believes “Anya’s Ghost” to be suitable for ages twelve and up.

Feb 28, 2015
  • jkovacs rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this book. I generally don't read graphic novels, but this one was interesting. It's a quick read with good drawings. Enjoyable.

Jan 29, 2015

Loved it. Pretty short, only takes about 20 to 40 minutes, but good enough for re-reading purposes, which I can't say for many books.

Nov 26, 2014

I haven't read this, but it sounds a lot like a web comic I read called, "Ava's Demon". I think I'll check it out. :L

Oct 05, 2014
  • vfryzek rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a graghic Novel with good clean drawings,

The story definitly not for little kids,
I did find the Ghost Creepy but Anya was not the most pleaseant person either. Can't give too much away.

Worth the Read.

Jul 30, 2014
  • eldynarzu rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

this boomk was scary at the end

Jul 26, 2014
  • dolorespena rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This graphic novel is a very interesting read. The art style is easy on the eyes, and the story itself is very interesting. While it does feel a bit clichéd at times, it still is a worthwhile read.

Jul 19, 2014

This book is scary, funny, and extremely well written fora first book!

Jul 09, 2014
  • x_heartbreaker_x rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a really good book ;)

Jul 09, 2014
  • MsNavillus rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Spooky in a fun and believable way. Although the drawing style will appeal for children, I wouldn't recommend it for young readers. It addresses some pretty heavy concepts.

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Sep 27, 2014

violet_panda_1496 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

Jul 30, 2014
  • eldynarzu rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Jul 09, 2014
  • violet_hummingbird_101 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

violet_hummingbird_101 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

Jul 09, 2014
  • vikas123 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

vikas123 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

Jul 09, 2014
  • HELEN W NASEEF rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Jul 09, 2014
  • didi115 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

didi115 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

Jul 09, 2014
  • littlesinger rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

littlesinger thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

Jul 09, 2014
  • BrooklynFencingGirl13 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

BrooklynFencingGirl13 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

Jul 09, 2014
  • MelanieChow rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

MelanieChow thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

Jan 27, 2014
  • Belinda_babe rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Belinda_babe thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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Jul 30, 2014
  • eldynarzu rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Jul 09, 2014
  • didi115 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Jul 09, 2014
  • BrooklynFencingGirl13 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Please Miss, you have to wake up right now!

Jul 20, 2012
  • Lexxis rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Secrets hiddin

Jul 07, 2012
  • darkph0enix13 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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

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Jul 09, 2014
  • HELEN W NASEEF rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Jul 09, 2014
  • didi115 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Jun 25, 2012
  • jodianmorgan rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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!

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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Jul 09, 2014
  • didi115 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

May 19, 2012
  • Ólive rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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

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