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  • 2 of 3 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Breckenridge Public Library J G AND (Text) 33500013092887 New Available -
Hawley Public Library J G AND (Text) 33500013092895 New Available -
Roseau Public Library j AND (Text) 35500006188054 Main Checked out 01/27/2020

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781250196958
  • ISBN: 1250196957
  • ISBN: 9781626720534
  • ISBN: 1626720533
  • Physical Description: 329 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 23 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : First Second, an imprint of Roaring Book Press, 2019.

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Summary, etc.:
"Ben and his friends are determined to find out where the paper lanterns of the annual Autumn Equinox Festival go, so they follow the river as far as they can until the only followers left are Ben and Nathaniel."--Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 June #1
    *Starred Review* A group of boys on bikes sets out to learn whether the lanterns cast down the river in their town's annual ceremony actually turn into stars like the legends say. The titular pact: no turning back from their quest. Who ends up breaking the pact and who doesn't is only one element of this richly imagined and complexly emotional story that would be spoiled by too thorough a plot summary, though the story's power rests less in surprise than in the moment-to-moment unfolding of the journey. Andrews visualizes his concept with a tone and texture that produces an unassuming but profound strangeness: A telephone on top of a boulder in the middle of a stream? All the constellations in the sky interpreted by a talking bear? This embeds the fantasy in an earthy, handcrafted reality, apparent right up to its rough panel borders. It also empathizes with its relatable protagonists—cautious white Ben and guileless, brave, dark-skinned Nathaniel—in a deep way, understanding that being annoying is often the result of reaching out and that being an asshole often stems from fear. It may owe some of its eerie melancholy and occasional menacing absurdity to the likes of Lewis Carroll and Shaun Tan, but its message is distinctly its own: What you imagine to be the end of the journey may be satisfying, but the adventure actually goes on as long as you keep riding down the road. Grades 5-8. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

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 First Second.

Subject: Autumnal equinox > Comic books, strips, etc.
Festivals > Comic books, strips, etc.
Paper lanterns > Comic books, strips, etc.
Rivers > Comic books, strips, etc.
Friendship > Comic books, strips, etc.
Autumnal equinox > Fiction.
Paper lanterns > Fiction.
Rivers > Fiction.
Friendship > Fiction.
Adventure and adventurers > Fiction.
Graphic novels.
JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / Action & Adventure.
JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / Fantasy.
Genre: Action and adventure comics.
Graphic novels.

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