Anya's Ghost

written & illustrated by Vera Brosgol

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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.

Anya's Ghost is a 2011 Kirkus Best Teen Books of the Year title.
One of School Library Journal’s Best Fiction Books of 2011.
One of Horn Book’s Best Fiction Books of 2011.
Winner of the 2012 Eisner Award for Best Publication for Young Adults (Ages 12-17)



  • Anya's Ghost Trailer

    Anya's new BFF isn't kidding about the 'forever' part of things. . . .



Praise for Anya's Ghost

Anya’s Ghost is a masterpiece, of YA literature and of comics.”—Neil Gaiman
"Remarkable. . . . with an attitude and aptitude reminiscent of Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis) who likewise conveyed the particulars of an immigrant adolescence, Brosgol has created a smart, funny and compassionate portrait of someone who, for all her sulking and sneering, is the kind of daughter many parents would like to have. And the kind of girl many of us maybe once were.” -- The New York Times

In the Press

ANYA'S GHOST by Vera Brosgol, Vera BrosgolKirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of ANYA'S GHOST . A deliciously creepy page-turning gem from first-time writer and illustrator Brosgol finds brooding teenager Anya trying to escape the past—both her own and the ghost haunting her.
- Kirkus Reviews

Reviews from Goodreads



  • written & illustrated by Vera Brosgol

  • Vera Brosgol was born in Moscow, Russia, and emigrated with her family to the United States as a child. She has a degree in Classical Animation and currently works as a storyboard artist at Laika, Inc. Her work can be seen in the recently released Coraline.
  • Vera Brosgol
    Vera Brosgol


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Anya's Ghost

written & illustrated by Vera Brosgol

American Library Association Popular Paperbacks for Young Re, American Library Association Quick Picks for Reluctant Young, YALSA Great Graphic Novel for Teens, CYBIL Award, Horn Book Magazine Fanfare List, Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year, Graphic Novel Reporter Best GN of the Year, Booklist Editors' Choice, Library Media Connection Best of the Best, Jezebel.com Best Female Creator of the Year, Booklist Top Ten First Novels for Youth, North Carolina Children's Book Award Master List, Texas Maverick Graphic Novels List, Eisner Award Winner, American Library Association Notable Children's Books, Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Blue Ribbon Awar, School Library Journal Best Adult Book for High School Stude, Indiana Young Hoosier Award Master List, Virginia Readers' Choice, New Jersey Garden State Teen Book Award Master List, Bram Stoker Awards - Nominee


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