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Anya's Ghost Anya, embarrassed by her Russian immigrant family and self-conscious about her body, has given up on fitting in at school, but falling down a well and making friends with the ghost there just may be worse. Full description

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  • Broché: 224 pages
  • Editeur : First Second (17 juin 2011)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 1596435526
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596435520
  • Dimensions du produit: 15,2 x 1,4 x 21,3 cm
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1 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par Stan FREDO TOP 500 COMMENTATEURS sur 17 août 2011
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Vera Brosgol est née à Moscou (URSS, aujourd'hui Russie) en 1984 mais elle est très vite devenue étatsunienne. Elle est diplômée d'animation classique du Sheridan College (Canada) et travaille dans ce domaine depuis 2002. Installée à Portland (Oregon), elle fait des storyboards et diverses recherches graphiques pour Laika Entertainment House. Elle a créé un webcomic et publié une première BD remarquée -- 'I wish...' -- dans le premier volume de l'anthologie Flight de Kazu Kibuishi Flight 1. 'Anya's Ghost' est le premier vrai roman graphique de Vera Brosgol et c'est une merveille : l'histoire, les personnages, les dialogues, le découpage, le dessin, le choix du N&B + gris... tout est remarquable. Anya est une collègienne d'origine russe soucieuse d'intégration dans la société américaine en même temps que porteuse des douleurs adolescentes. Elle fait la rencontre fortuite du fantôme d'une jeune fille de son âge, qui va devenir sa meilleure amie. Pour maintenir entier l'agrément de sa lecture, je ne souhaite pas en écrire plus sur cet ouvrage qui DOIT ABSOLUMENT figurer dans les meilleurs publiés cette année. Celles et ceux, par exemple, qui aiment Persepolis et/ou Ghostopolis doivent en tout cas séance tenante acheter 'Anya's Ghost'.
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The Russian Girl 8 juin 2011
Par A. Ross - Publié sur
Format: Relié
This is a great graphic novel for young teens -- especially girls -- with a well-paced story and plenty to say about social anxiety, body image, friendship, and ghostbusting. Anya is a 9th or 10th-grader at a lower-tier private school (not unlike the one I went to), who is embarrassed by her immigrant past. Her family came to the US from Russia when she was five, and she has worked very hard to lose any accent, eat American foods (while not becoming plump), dress properly, and generally fit in as an American teen. However, the signs of her angst are literally postered all over her bedroom: Belle & Sebastian, Camera Obscura, Neko Case, The Shins, Metric, etc. -- all perfectly good bands, but indicative of an underlying wistfulness. (Had she been of my generation, there surely would have been at least one Smiths and one Cure poster.)

One afternoon, she falls down a hole in the park and makes the acquaintance of a ghost from 1918 named Emily. She's been hovering over her skeleton for years, mourning the death of her fiancee in WWI, and herself at the hands of a murderer. One of Emily's bones gets into Anya's bag by accident, and when she'd rescued, Emily is able to hitch a ride to the surface. Before too long Anya and she become friends, with Anya spilling her insecurities to her new gal-pal ghost as Emily tries to help her succeed at school, fashion, and with the boy she has a crush on. Of course, as anyone who's watched a teen makeover comedy knows, there's always danger when the geeky girl tries to rebrand herself according to the conventional norms.

The final third of the book takes a rather menacing turn as Anya starts to realize that even the shiny popular kids have issues lurking just below the surface. This is all kind of John Hughes 101) type stuff (there's even a subplot involving a nerdy Russian kid whom Anya shuns but then has to turn to for help), but it's well done and the high contrast artwork brings it to life in a way that's neither too cartoony nor too realistic. Based on the brief author bio on the back, it sounds like many of the themes are autobiographical, as are many aspects of Anya's personality -- which is probably why it feels so dead on. Great stuff for girls in the 10-14 range or thereabouts, and still fairly entertaining for others.
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Anya's Ghost -- Essential for Every Graphic Novel Lover 16 juin 2011
Par M. Matus - Publié sur
Format: Relié
Vera Bosgol's graphic novel Anya's Ghost is a tale of an angst-ridden, curvy teenage girl who attends Catholic school. Her family's from Russia, although her years of time in ESL have trained her to abandon her embarrassing accent in order to fit in with her peers. A fellow classmate, Dimi, is also from Russia, but his shameless love of his culture--along with his large glasses, funny haircut, and general dorkiness--earn him regular beatings at school. Anya has done everything in her power to avoid this, including refusing to eat the greasy Russian treats her mom fries up in the morning. While her brother bounces around, eagerly awaiting his delicious meal, Anya is clearly above this sort of behavior.

The story begins with Anya walking to school and encountering her boyish friend Siobhan (more specifically her only friend), who pesters Anya for cigarettes and becomes angry when she is offered none. Infuriated by this argument, Anya storms away into a nearby forest on her own. Unfortunately, an open well goes unnoticed and she falls into it. She amazingly winds up with nothing worse a sprained wrist, but now she has concerns whether she will be rescued from the bottom of the well. A skeleton is her only companion deep in the well--that is until a homely ghost named Emily greets her. Emily tells Anya she has been trapped in the well for ninety years after a gruesome murder. The reason she never tried to escape can be attributed to her pile of bones, which she can never depart from.

After being rescued, Anya reluctantly allows Emily to be her friend by wearing a small finger bone around her neck. She quickly discovers the benefits of having a ghost as a friend, however, as Emily can sneak answers from classmates' tests and peek into the locker of a handsome boy to find his schedule. As the story moves along, their relationship changes, and so does Anya. Ultimately, Anya must make a major decision regarding Emily.

Although Emily claims she had a fiancé before her death, this is rather hard to believe: the character is clearly drawn as if she's an eleven-year-old girl who has yet to reach the puberty stage. Her large and poofy bob, schoolgirl jumper, and noticeably flat chest only emphasize this. But apparently the author had a different (and confusing) idea for her age. Regardless of this minor flaw, Brosgol has drawn Anya's Ghost impeccably and with great care. It's not surprising she was a storyboard artist for the film Coraline, as the entire graphic novel could essentially serve as a storyboard for an animated film--not to mention several similarities with Gaiman's story.

Brosgol's impressive storytelling skills seamlessly weave through moments of being touching, funny, and thrilling. The genre is difficult to pinpoint, as it has elements of horror, drama, coming-of-age, comedy, and more. Anya's weight troubles, crush on the popular basketball star, and awkward attempts to blend into society may especially resonate with young women, but regardless of age or gender, this is a book that will be enjoyed by many. With hints of Coraline, American Born Chinese, and perhaps even Persepolis, Anya's Ghost is already destined to be an essential on the library of every graphic novel fan--and hopefully beyond that. Anya's Ghost won't take the average reader very long to read, but it's worth every single penny.
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Neil Gaiman says it best "A masterpiece" 10 juin 2011
Par Andy Shuping - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I first started hearing about this graphic novel a couple of months ago and it immediately caught my attention. How often does Neil Gaiman lend his praise to a work? And then I started seeing the sample pages that First Second released and I was captivated by the illustrations. So needless to say I was really looking forward to reading this book (I kept trying to find someone that would let me read it an ARC because I was so excited about it.) And the book doesn't disappoint at all. It's the perfect story for young and old alike that deals with so many of the same issues that we all face--anxiety about who we are, body image, who are friends are, and growing up just a little bit.

Anya is a young teenage girl in high school who is embarrassed by where she and her family came from...Russia. She's trying hard to fit in by losing her accent, wearing the "right" clothes, going on diets, and trying to hang out with the "right" other words not the nerdy Russian boy in her class. But...try as she might she doesn't fit in with the crowd that she really wants to...the popular ones. And then one day, she falls down an abandoned well in the park and meets a skeleton...and the ghost of the young girl from 1918 named Emily. Emily has been forgotten about and can't wander far from her skeleton and was just waiting for someone to come back and visit her. She keeps Anya company as she waits to be rescued, which she soon is, and one of Emily's bones hitches a ride...and Emily's ghost follows. Although there's trepidation at first Emily soon becomes Anya's confidant and helping her get the right answers on exams, making suggestions about what to wear, and help Anya get the attention of her crush. But things soon take a darker turn when it's revealed Emily isn't who she said she was and Anya must protect her family from Emily's darker nature.

This is a powerful debut full length graphic novel for Vera (she's done a couple of short stories before) and it's a wonderfully told story. It's a tightly woven tale with mystery, intrigue, and some growing up as well for all of the characters, not just Anya. It moves along at a nice pace and we get a strong sense of who the characters are and what motivates them. It's one of the best stories I've read in a while and unlike some other writers going from short features to full length, Vera doesn't suffer from having gaps in the tale or missing elements. And the illustrations are reminiscent of some old black and white horror films with juuuust the right amount of depth to them without being overly cartoony.

It's a fantastic read and I can't say enough good things about it. I highly recommend it to all and I look forward to seeing what Vera does next.
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Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club. com 14 juin 2011
Par Cynthia Hudson - Publié sur
Format: Broché
There's a lot to irritate Anya about her life. Her mother cooks fattening food, she's associated with an unpopular boy in school just because they're both Russian immigrants, her close friend is mad at her and she never expects to date the boy she has a crush on. Running away from her problems seems like the best thing to do until she falls down an abandoned well. There she discovers the skeleton of a young woman who died long ago, and her ghost talks to Anya and helps her get out.

Soon Emily's spirit is following Anya to school and staying at her home, and she wants to help her succeed at whatever she tries. But Emily is hiding a secret about her past, and when Anya starts to suspect the truth, Emily's "help" takes a sinister turn.

Anya's Ghost is a graphic novel for young adults written and illustrated by Vera Brosgol. Anya, with all her worries about fitting in, is easy prey for Emily, who longs to have experiences again through a living human. And at first, Emily seems to help Anya get everything she wants: attention from her crush, acceptance from cool kids, and help on tests. Once Anya is part of the world she admires, she begins to see that it's not what she dreamed it was. But getting rid of Emily and getting back to her old life proves to be more challenging than Anya thought it would be.

Girls aged 14 and up will relate to the issues of wanting to fit in, being embarrassed by family members, and wanting easy solutions to complicated problems.
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Review 14 novembre 2013
Par Mthanna - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
First, let me say that I love that this text is a graphic novel. I think graphic novels are going to be the hot new thing in adolescent literature. As a future teacher, I could totally see myself assigning graphic novels to below level readers to get them excited about reading. Just the fact that this text is illustrated will make young people more interested.
Brosgol's story is about Anya, a young girl facing the same issues that are almost cliche to young women. She is insecure about her body, loves a boy who doesn't know shes alive, feels jealous of the perfect, blonde, popular girl, and is embarrassed of her parents. The only really unique thing about Anya is that her mother is a Russian immigrant, so she deals with many issues of culture in her desperate need to assimilate.
Though Anya's Ghost touches on many themes that are universally dealt with by teens, especially girls, there is not a lot that is particularly special about the novel. I liked the theme that things are not always what they appear, which is arguably the moral of the entire story. However, the plot felt really thin, and I did not really care about any of the characters or really take much away from the text and I think that is the risk you run with a graphic novel. There just was not enough complexity or levels to the text which is why I think an advanced reader would feel a little bored by this.
I understand that Anya changes as a character and comes to appreciate her family and her heritage through her encounter with a crazy ghost, but it felt pretty flat. I would recommend this text to young or below level readers. The illustrations are awesome, and I could see finding more complexities in the drawings than the actual text or plot. I guess maybe that's the point of a graphic novel, but I cannot say that I loved this text.
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