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This Was Our Pact

This Was Our Pact

Stand by Me meets My Neighbor Totoro in this astonishing, magical-realist adventure story for middle-grade readers.

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ISBN 9781250196958
Barcode 9781250196958
Published 11 June 2019 by St Martin's Press
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Andrews, Ryan
Availability Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks

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Full details for this title

ISBN-13 9781250196958
ISBN-10 1250196957
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher St Martin's Press
Imprint St Martin's Press
Publication Date 11 June 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Andrews, Ryan
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
Graphic / Comic Strip
Number of Pages 336
Dimensions Width: 154mm
Height: 223mm
Spine: 29mm
Weight 818g
Interest Age Children / Young Adults
Reading Age Children / Young Adults
Library of Congress Boys, Friendship, Graphic novels, Cartoons and comics, Fantasy
NBS Text Children's Comic Strip Fiction & Graphic Novels
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code FIC
Catalogue Code 980411

Description of this Book

It's the night of the annual Autumn Equinox Festival, when the town gathers to float paper lanterns down the river. Legend has it that after drifting out of sight, they'll soar off to the Milky Way and turn into brilliant stars. This year, Ben and his classmates are determined to find out where those lanterns really go, and they made a pact with two simple rules: No one turns for home. No one looks back. The plan is to follow the river on their bikes for as long as it takes to learn the truth, but it isn't long before the pact is broken by all except for Ben, and (much to Ben's disappointment) Nathaniel, the one kid who just doesn't seem to fit in.Together, Nathaniel and Ben will travel down a winding road full of magic, wonder, and unexpected friendship*. *And a talking bear.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Andrews' marvelously melancholic, earnest graphic novel, [is] at its core an exercise in whimsical self-reflection. This story's a quiet one in which danger flickers and hope flares at odd but fruitful moments...the primarily blue and red mixed-media pictures underscore how nighttime sometimes promises transformation. Brilliantly enchanting. --Kirkus, Starred Review

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Author's Bio

Ryan Andrews lives in the Japanese countryside with his wife, two kids, and their dog. A friendly Kodama or two have been known to take up residence in the giant acorn tree that shades the house. Ryan works at his drawing desk in the early morning hours to the sound of rummaging wild boar and badgers, who come from the surrounding forest seeking out shiitake mushrooms and fallen chestnuts. This Was Our Pact is his first book with FirstSecond. Visit him online at ryan-a.com

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