This Was Our Pact

This Was Our Pact

Ryan Andrews's This Was Our Pact is an astonishing, magical-realist adventure story for middle-grade readers.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, but could that actually be true? This...

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This Was Our Pact Reviews

  • Alissa

    Ohwowohwowohwowohwowohwow!

    Studio Ghibli REALLY needs to obtain the rights to this fantastical and beautiful tale of friendship and adventure! I have a feeling those particular writers and animators would have what it takes to truly capture the magic of this story (forget Disney or Dreamworks--too mainstream). I'd watch it...and probably buy my own copy as soon as the dvd was available. So I could get lost in the journey to find the lantern's final destination among the stars. I want to encounter

    Ohwowohwowohwowohwowohwow!

    Studio Ghibli REALLY needs to obtain the rights to this fantastical and beautiful tale of friendship and adventure! I have a feeling those particular writers and animators would have what it takes to truly capture the magic of this story (forget Disney or Dreamworks--too mainstream). I'd watch it...and probably buy my own copy as soon as the dvd was available. So I could get lost in the journey to find the lantern's final destination among the stars. I want to encounter fisherbears and map-drawing crows and explore caves that carry all the stars in the cosmos. And I want to see it all unfold on the screen.

    But for now, I was enchanted by this graphic novel. It was exactly the book I was looking for, even though I didn't know I was looking for it.

    Also, this sort of reminded me of

    , which I loved as well. The stories have a similar vibe.

  • Maia

    This book knocked my socks off. The starting scene, of a group of kids on bikes setting off down a dark road might suggest

    but a closer emotional match is probably

    . Ben is one of five boys from his school who decide that this year, after the autumn festival, they will follow the paper lanterns released into the river below their town to see where they go. An old folk song says they turn into stars and rise into the sky, but that can't be true, can it? Tagging after

    This book knocked my socks off. The starting scene, of a group of kids on bikes setting off down a dark road might suggest

    but a closer emotional match is probably

    . Ben is one of five boys from his school who decide that this year, after the autumn festival, they will follow the paper lanterns released into the river below their town to see where they go. An old folk song says they turn into stars and rise into the sky, but that can't be true, can it? Tagging after the group is Nathaniel, a nerd and an outsider. Ben's friends tease him and Ben is too uncomfortable to speak up in his defense. But one by one the others drop out until only Ben and Nathaniel are left on the mission to follow the river and the lights. The things they discover are weirder, scarier, more beautiful and more wonderful than either could have imagined- or what I, as the reader, had imagined. This book really went places I wasn't expecting and I loved that. The art is gorgeous- an energetic pencil line with digital colors heavy on blues and purples, except for a few warm yellow or active magenta scenes. I think I will end up buying this book because I want to keep looking at it!

  • Earl

    The must read graphic novel of the summer starts off like with a realistic premise of a group of boys out to see whether a fantastical story they've heard all their lives is true or not and then veers off into Miyazaki/ Studio Ghibli territory! What I also liked is that this was pretty substantial text-wise.

  • Matt

    In this delightful graphic novel a group of young boys set off into the night to follow the lanterns that their town releases into the river during the Autumn Equinox Festival with the goal of finding out what happens to them. Before too long only two boys remain, all the others breaking the pact they all made, “No one turns for home. No one looks back.” What follows is a whimsical adventure full of magical realism, humor, and fantastic art. The story reminded me so much of a Hayao Miyazaki film

    In this delightful graphic novel a group of young boys set off into the night to follow the lanterns that their town releases into the river during the Autumn Equinox Festival with the goal of finding out what happens to them. Before too long only two boys remain, all the others breaking the pact they all made, “No one turns for home. No one looks back.” What follows is a whimsical adventure full of magical realism, humor, and fantastic art. The story reminded me so much of a Hayao Miyazaki film mixed with an adventure story like Stranger Things. I don’t want to spoil who all these two boys meet or what happens on their magical adventure, so you’ll just have to pick it up and be delighted for yourself!

  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    This is a fairly lovely graphic novel with a sweet, interesting story, but it's

    longer than I feel like it ought to be, and I actually put it down at the halfway mark when I realized I hadn't cared about anything that had happened in a while. It doesn't help that the artwork is all pretty monochrome, so things start to blur together after a time.

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