Intriguing, realistic, mysterious and ghostly.


Annushka Borzakovskaya, aka Anya, hates her name. She skips school, smokes cigarettes, and tries not to act too "fresh off the boat." One day when skipping school, she runs into a nearby forest and falls into dry well. Just when Anya didn't think the day could get any odder, she finds a skeleton with a ghost named Emily inhabiting it. Emily died 90 years ago in a tragic "murder."

Emily makes her way into Anya's backpack and suddenly, Anya's school life is becoming easier. Emily  has positive energy and aura that cheers up Anya, gives her advice, and helps her cheat on tests.  But Emily isn't just helping Anya, so she can relive what she lost 90 years ago. Her manipulative and controlling side is revealed and brings with it the truth about her past and what she really wants to achieve in the end.

Teen Student Reader (17):
I really enjoyed this book, but I can't explain the reasons why. Maybe it is the art style (it isn't complex) or the message. It also has good pacing. I'm not sure, but something about it resonates with me. One thing I do know is that the main character reminds me of myself in some ways and acts like I would in some situations.

This is fun to read and I'd buy it so I can pick it up again.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Want a ghost story that you'll love but not know why? Then this is the mystery for you!

Content Awareness Factors:

The characters use profanity. There are implied sexual situations, violent scenarios, and some drug abuse.

Type of Book:
This is a graphic novel that has a realistic story about a girl trying to fit in and a mystery/ghost story too.
Educational Themes:

How America still subtly encourages cultural assimilation in social situations in high school. Finding your identity. Choosing between assimilation or tradition. How embracing your tradition and culture leads to oppression and hate in high school.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
12 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
12 and Up
Age of child:
Teen Student Volunteer. Reviewer Age: 17
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. I personally really enjoyed this book. It's a nice comic that you can add to your collection of books. It's also a fun read to pick up again.

Title Anya's Ghost
Author Vera Brosgol
Publisher First Second Books © 2011
Illustrators Vera Brosgol
ISBN 9781596435520
Material Digital | E-Book
Cost $14.99
Genres Friendship, Comics | Graphic Novels, Self Worth
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