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Anya's Ghost

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Anya's Ghost
Vera Brosgol

Anya is trying very much to fit in.  Her family immigrated from Russia and she has worked hard to hide her accent, wear clothes that will help her camouflage, and throws away the all too ethnic lunches her mother packs for her.  But she is not terribly happy.  Her one friend at school is a partner for skipping and a source of cigarettes and insults.  She loathes the other Russian student at her school as a source of embarrassment and a reminder of all she is trying to hide.  And her little brother is a huge pest.  Then while skipping school and sulking, she accidentally falls into an abandoned well inhabited only by a skeleton...and it's ghost.  A bit freaked out, but more worried about her own fate, she escapes and forgets about the ghost, until she finds that a small bone has gotten into her bag and enabled the ghost to follow her everywhere she goes.  At first they find many benefits from each others company, but as time goes on a dark secret is revealed and Anya's family and very life may be threatened.

A very accessible and well drawn graphic novel that will appeal to immigrant teens and anyone who has questioned their own ability to fit in.    Highly recommended for high school girls, but could be enjoyed by just about anyone.

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zalena
Aug. 15th, 2011 12:01 pm (UTC)
I've heard a lot about this, but haven't read it, yet.
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