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Anya's ghost /

by Brosgol, Vera.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : First Second, 2011Edition: 1st ed.Description: 221 p. : chiefly ill. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9781596437135 (hbk.); 1596437138 (hbk.); 9781596435520 (pbk) :; 1596435526 (pbk).Title notes: $15.99 prolam (YA) 6-2011 (db)Subject(s): Interpersonal relations -- Comic books, strips, etc | Self-esteem -- Comic books, strips, etc | Ghosts -- Comic books, strips, etc | Schools -- Comic books, strips, etc | Russian Americans -- Comic books, strips, etc | Interpersonal relations -- Fiction | Self-esteem -- Fiction | Ghosts -- Fiction | Schools -- Fiction | Russian Americans -- Fiction | Fantasy comic books, strips, etc | Comic books, strips, etc | Graphic novels | Graphic novels -- United States | Ghost storiesSummary: 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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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

<p>Anya could really use a friend. But her new BFF isn't kidding about the "Forever" part . . .</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>Or so she thinks.<br> Spooky, sardonic, and secretly sincere, Anya's Ghost is a wonderfully entertaining debut from author/artist Vera Brosgol.</p> <p>This title has Common Core connections.</p> <p> Anya's Ghost is a 2011 Kirkus Best Teen Books of the Year title.<br> One of School Library Journal 's Best Fiction Books of 2011.<br> One of Horn Book 's Best Fiction Books of 2011.<br> Winner of the 2012 Eisner Award for Best Publication for Young Adults (Ages 12-17)</p>

$15.99 prolam (YA) 6-2011 (db)

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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Library Journal Review

Anya Borzakovskaya has a mouthful of a name and a head full of angst. While her single mom, a Russian immigrant, studies for citizenship and cooks greasy syrniki pancakes, Anya obsesses about her weight and tries to fit in at her not-so-ritzy private school. Then she falls down a well, where she meets a ghost who wants to be her BFF. The transparent, dead Emily helps Anya cheat on tests, coaches her on looking hot, and encourages her crush on dudely dreamboat Sean. But what starts off as a hunky-dory super-natural buddy story takes a clever twist when Anya discovers Emily's darker side and Sean's seamier side-and manages to see through both of them. VERDICT This is a YA magical realist tale with adult appeal, featuring imperfect characters who can still use their smarts and decide to take the right course. And while it's all about empowerment, the story is also wonderfully creepy and entertaining. The Moscow-born Brosgol effectively uses two-toned art with halftones, far better than the many indie artists who overuse gray scale and textures. A YALSA Great Graphic Novel for Teens nominee.-M.C. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Horn Book Review

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. katie bircher (c) Copyright 2011. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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