Genre: graphic novel
Key Stage: KS3+
Rating: ★★ ★ ★★
Anya’s Ghost, Vera Brosgol
Anya is a Russian-born, American teenager who struggles with her body image and ‘fitting in’. After managing to stop her accent and getting more fashionable clothes, she thinks she finally fits in. After all, she has her friend Siobhan. Her only friend so far.
And then she falls down the well. And nothing will be the same, after that.
Emily is a long-dead ghost, claiming she herself was murdered. Bound to the well, where her bones have lain for decades, Emily is lonely and friendless- until Anya falls into the well, her resting spot. Best friends forever… forever.
A curious and haunting story that will echo itself into your heart, this graphic novel is illustrated with shadowy monotones that really give you a sense of hidden darkness. I loved the unexpected twist in the end about Emily- nobody expected that!
This is Vera Brosgol’s first graphic novel, and if you enjoyed it, I recommend you to read Be Prepared, another of her books. I would say this book is best for ages 10-15, for fans of wholesome day-to-day life with notes of cyanide-sweet spookiness.
Reviewer: Muslimah Mirzababaeva, Year 7