Book Review: Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol


I read this book for my Literature & Media for Children class. I am using it for the Women Challenge, Bookworm Bitches 2013 A-Z Title Challenge, Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge, 52 Books in 52 Weeks, and Literary Friday.

Summary from Goodreads: Anya could really use a friend. But her new BFF isn’t kidding about the “Forever” part… Of all the things Anya expected to find at the bottom of an old well, a new friend was not one of them. Especially not a new friend who’s been dead for a century. Falling down a well is bad enough, but Anya’s normal life might actually be worse. She’s embarrassed by her family, self-conscious about her body, and she’s pretty much given up on fitting in at school. A new friend—even a ghost—is just what she needs. Or so she thinks. Spooky, sardonic, and secretly sincere, Anya’s Ghost is a wonderfully entertaining debut from author/artist Vera Brosgol.

My review for my class: In Anya’s Ghost, Anya is an immigrant desperate to distance herself from her former identity as an overweight foreigner with a thick Russian accent and a Goodwill wardrobe. She throws the Russian food her mother makes her in the trash on the way to school, lies about her last name (Brown instead of Borzakovskaya), and refuses to associate with the other Russian immigrant at her school, Dima. One day she falls into a hole and meets a 90-year-old ghost, Emily Reilly, who claims to have been murdered along with her parents after her fiancé was killed in World War I. Emily appears to be a helpful ghost at first. She looks at the other students’ tests and whispers the answers into Anya’s ear and even helps Anya accidentally bump into her crush Sean by sneaking a peek at his class schedule. But when Anya tries to solve Emily’s murder, she discovers that it was Emily who actually murdered two people, including her fiancé! Emily is not a helpful ghost after all but a vengeful one who sets her sights on murdering Anya’s family! Be sure to check out Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol to find out what other shockers are in store.

Verdict: 4 out of 5 stars! Graphic novels aren’t usually my thing but I really loved this one for some reason. The story was relate-able and unpredictable and the illustrations were amazing.




  1. Sometimes I get way too distracted by the art in graphic novels because I’m an artist. This one sounds very good! I think I’ll see if I can find a copy at the library this week. My youngest daughter might like it, too.

    Thanks so much for linking up to Literary Friday!
    Ricki Jill

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