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Anya’s Ghost Read-Alikes

If you’re a fan of Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol, you may also enjoy one of the following graphic novels:

AmericanBornChineseAmerican Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang (2006)

Jin Wang starts at a new school where he’s the only Chinese-American student. When a boy from Taiwan joins his class, Jin doesn’t want to be associated with an FOB like him. Jin just wants to be an all-American boy, because he’s in love with an all-American girl. Danny is an all-American boy: great at basketball, popular with the girls. But his obnoxious Chinese cousin Chin-Kee’s annual visit is such a disaster that it ruins Danny’s reputation at school, leaving him with no choice but to transfer somewhere he can start all over again. The Monkey King has lived for thousands of years and mastered the arts of kung fu and the heavenly disciplines. He’s ready to join the ranks of the immortal gods in heaven. But there’s no place in heaven for a monkey. Each of these characters cannot help himself alone, but how can they possibly help each other? They’re going to have to find a way-if they want to fix the disasters their lives have become. (Source:

FriendsWithBoysFriends With Boys by Faith Erin Hicks (2012)

Maggie McKay hardly knows what to do with herself. After an idyllic childhood of homeschooling with her mother and rough-housing with her older brothers, it’s time for Maggie to face the outside world, all on her own. But that means facing high school first. And it also means solving the mystery of the melancholy ghost who has silently followed Maggie throughout her entire life. Maybe it even means making a new friend-one who isn’t one of her brothers. (Source:

GhostopolisGhostopolis by Doug TenNapel (2010)

Imagine Garth Hale’s surprise when he’s accidentally zapped to the spirit world by Frank Gallows, a washed out ghost wrangler. Suddenly Garth finds he has powers the ghosts don’t have, but he’s stuck in a world run by the evil ruler of Ghostopolis, who would use Garth”s new found abilities to rule the ghostly kingdom. When Garth meets Cecil, his grandfather’s ghost, the pair search for a way to get Garth back home-and nearly lose hope until Frank Gallows shows up to fix his mistake. (Source:

MercuryMercury by Hope Larson (2010)

August 31, 5:15 PM, French Hill, Nova Scotia: A girl named Tara is running. She runs through her nice neighborhood and up a road to the burned ruins of what was once a beautiful house–her family’s house.

August 31, 1859, French Hill, Nova Scotia: A girl named Josey is picking blackberries with her friend Connie. As the girls gossip, a handsome stranger knocks on the door of Josey’s house. His name is Asa, and with his coming, Josey’s life–and later in time, Tara’s as well–is about to change forever.

Because there is treasure in the woods that belong to Josey’s family. Gold–an untold fortune. Asa has a secret way of finding it, and his partnership with Josey’s father could make them all rich. But there is darkness in the woods, and in Asa. And in the present day, Tara, Josey’s descendent, is about to discover the truth about what really happened in the family’s past. (Source:

PageByPaigePage by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge (2011)

Paige Turner has just moved to New York with her family, and she’s having some trouble adjusting to the big city. In the pages of her sketchbook, she tries to make sense of her new life, including trying out her secret identity: artist. As she makes friends and starts to explore the city, she slowly brings her secret identity out into the open, a process that is equal parts terrifying and rewarding. (Source:


Author Interview – Vera Brosgol

As mentioned in yesterday’s post, there is no video interview with Vera Brosgol available online. However, there is a print interview with the author of Anya’s Ghost available from Wired  (published in 2011). In this interview Brosgol discusses Anya’s Ghost, life as a graphic novelist, and her career as a storyboard artist for an animation company (did you know she worked on the animated films Coraline and ParaNorman?).   Bonus: it includes a photo!

If you’re looking for more information on Brosgol, her influences, and her artistic process, be sure to check out the FAQ page on her website. Here she answers (in detail) questions about her career and gives advice to aspiring comic book creators.

Book Trailer – Anya’s Ghost

The trailer  for Anya’s Ghost is simple but effective; creepy music and a few sound effects accompany the artwork of the book, bringing the still images to life. What do you think of it? Does it make you want to read the comic? If you’ve read it, do you feel it accurately represents the book? Share your thoughts in the comments.


Announcing the 2013 Top 10 nominees!


The second CCRSB Teen Reader’s Choice Award kicks off this week! If you are a CCRSB student in grades 7-12, you are invited to read from this year’s list of 10 amazing nominated books and vote for your favourite to be the winner of the CCRSB Teen Reader’s Choice Award. Last year, The Hunger Games won with almost 600 votes.

The 2013 Top 10 books have been carefully selected by CCRSB Library Services staff. They represent a wide range of genres and include some of the best fiction published between January, 2011  and January, 2012. They are (in alphabetical order):

Participating is easy! Just follow these three steps:

1) Read at least one of the Top 10 titles between February 4 and May 3. All 10 nominees are available from your school library. If you’ve already read one of the nominated titles, read another! You never know – you may find your new favourite book.

2) During the reading period,  discuss the books with other CCRSB students on the pages linked at the top of this website. Please remember these rules when submitting comments:

  • Don’t include any identifying information (last name, school, location, etc.).
  • Be respectful of other students’ comments.
  • Use school appropriate language.

3) Vote for your favourite book online or in your school library between April 22 and May 3. The book with the most votes will be announced as the winner on Tuesday, May 14.

Head to your school library, grab a Top 10 book, and let’s start reading!