Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol

Anya's GhostAnya is a Russian immigrant teen who just wants to be accepted by her peers. She doesn't like the way she looks, is embarrassed by her mother, and doesn't want to do anything that would make her stand out as different from all the kids at school. She hates that her mother wants her to befriend the nerdy Russian boy at her school and the fatty Russian food her mother makes. When Anya falls down a well, she meets the ghost of a girl who died in the well 93 years ago. When Anya is rescued, little did she realize that the ghost followed her home. Soon Emily becomes Anya's best friend, helping her in school, giving her clothing advice, and advice on boys. Anya think this is the best thing that's happened to her, and she's finally going to fit in. Except for one little problem -- Emily has her own agenda and it's not exactly what she's told Anya.

The story is fabulous. The twist was unexpected and made for a chilling read. The illustrations are fantastic, and fit the dark mood of Anya in the beginning and then darker when the truth about Emily was revealed. I loved this one and I can see this appealing to many. A rating.

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