Anya's Ghost

Vera Brosgol. Roaring Brook/First Second, $15 trade paper (222p) ISBN 978-1-59643-552-0
Anya Borzakovskaya is one frustrated, grouchy teenager. She's embarrassed by her Russian-émigré mom; her little brother drives her bats; she doesn't fit in at school; she can't get the boy she likes to notice her; and her only weapons are her sharp tongue and perpetual sneer. Then she falls down a well and makes a friend: the very lonely ghost of a girl named Emily, who died there a hundred years before and can't leave her bones. Anya's the only one who can see Emily, of course, but Emily's excited enough to be out in the world again (via a tiny bone Anya carries around with her) that she offers to help her new pal out in all sorts of poltergeisty ways; Anya, in return, resolves to try to solve the mystery of Emily's murder. Brosgol's debut graphic novel—taut, witty, and breezily paced—seems to be heading in a very familiar direction, and then, abruptly, veers off toward a completely different and much more clever third act. Brosgol's two-toned purple-and-black images have a bold, cartoony flair, underscoring her knack for comic timing and pacing, and making nearly every stance and facial expression her characters adopt at least a little bit funny. (June)
Reviewed on: 04/11/2011
Release date: 06/01/2011
Hardcover - 221 pages - 978-1-59643-713-5
Paperback - 221 pages - 978-1-59643-770-8
Paperback - 221 pages - 978-1-250-04001-5
Prebound-Glued - 221 pages - 978-1-61383-398-8
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