221 pages; published June 2011
Anya is an awkward teen who – on her worst day ever – falls down a well and find herself face-to-face with the bones and ghost of a girl about her age. In a quick decision during her rescue, Anya grabs the girl’s pinky bone, allowing the ghost to follow her home.
Anya is already feeling pretty low. Her Russian immigrant family is weird. She doesn’t really have many friends. The boy she likes doesn’t notice her. Then, she hits a new low when she falls down a well and ends up meeting a ghost who follows her home after the rescue, intent on being Anya’s new best friend. At first, it’s great to have an awesome new bestie, but Anya soon starts to suspect this ghost may not have her best interests at heart.
The sweet simplicity of the art style belies how creepy this story gets.