October 27, 2011

Graphic ghost story

by Vera Brosgol

Anya has a lot on her mind. She's embarrassed by her family, self-conscious about her weight, and has a crush on a boy at school. Angry at her situation, she doesn't see the well until it's too late. Trapped and scared, she's a little freaked out when she discovers she isn't alone. But she soon finds that having a ghost for a friend is a pretty good thing. The ghost helps her cheat during tests and helps her land a date with the boy she likes. When the boy turns out to be a jerk, Anya drops him, but the ghost is angry. She's got an agenda of her own, and she'll do anything to keep Anya with her ... forever.

Told in graphic book format, this is a funny, scary read, with snappy dialogue and well-drawn, expressive characters. Brosgol captures the ghost's dangerous metamorphosis particularly well.

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