Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol

AnyasGhostCoverBrosgol, Vera. Anya’s Ghost. New York: First Second, 2011. Print.

Genre: YA graphic novel

Summary: Anya struggles to hide her Russian accent and all the embarrassing signs of “difference.” She is mostly friendless, under-achieving, and burdened with bad habits and poor self-image. A tumble down into an old well presents Anya with a new friend: a ghost who wants to help her. The spirit-girl tells Anya she lost her love when young and wants to ensure Anya lands the man she’s got her heart set on. After discovering the boy is a cad, Anya also discovers her ghost has sinister ulterior motives. To save her family from supernatural harm, Anya must rid herself of her bad habits and her bad attitude!

Critique: Witty, and sharp. Anya’s snarkasm is apt and endearing. Her struggles lead to positive and meaningful outcomes. She learns how to be a better person by befriending a truly awful former person. The artwork is all black and white. Bold, rounded figures. Lots of influential shadows and shading.

By jenmichellemason

Jenny is a story hunter. She has explored foreign countries, canyon mazes, and burial crypts to gather the facts that make good stories. Once, she sniffed a 200-year-old skull...for research purposes. Jenny received an M.Phil from Trinity College Dublin and holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from VCFA. She has authored nearly 20 STEM books for young readers. Her inquisitive and funny nonfiction articles have appeared in Mountain Flyer, Cobblestone, and Muse magazines. Jenny also works as a freelance copy writer for nonprofits and small businesses.

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