This Was Our Pact
  • This Was Our Pact
  • This Was Our Pact
ISBN: 1626720533
EAN13: 9781626720534
Language: English
Release Date: Jun 11, 2019
Pages: 336
Dimensions: 0.7992126" H x 8.200787" L x 5.5" W
Weight: 1.499143 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

A 2019 Booklist Editor's Choice
A 2019 Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year
A 2019 Parents Magazine Best Children's Books of the Year

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 year, Ben and his classmates are determined to find out where those lanterns really go, and to ensure success in their mission, they've 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 farther than anyone has ever gone, down a winding road full of magic, wonder, and unexpected friendship*.

*And a talking bear.

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   Elements of a pixar film without the payoff
There are tons of amazing things about this book - characters, the art and whimsy. Unfortunately, this writer has not super well structured this book... it feels rambling with too many ideas to make a cohesive or effective point at the end. It is beautiful and ambitious, and I kept feeling like it would all come together. This will probably end up being a promising work by an author who improves with years to come in his craft.
   This is something special.
This graphic novel starts a little slow, but the art style is both magical and delightful and draws you into a real-life story about really-real kids in unreal geographies with remarkable and delightful people and animals. I have a few bookshelves of the best graphic novels out there in the last 20 years, and this deserves a spot. I'm sure it would be fine for younger kids, but I think it would resonate better with tween and up.
   Dreamlike graphic novel with strong Japanese influence for young boys
A dreamlike graphic novel for children in America, but with strong Japanese influence, This Was Our Pact is a fantasy about a journey of discovery. The main characters are two boys who are not friends, but their fathers are. One of the boys sets out with his friends to see what happens to the paper lanterns placed on a river as part of an annual festival. The other boy follows him despite bullying from the boy's friends. The other children soon break the Pact one by one, decide to return home and the realistic setting of a bicycle ride along a path falls away by a river. In all, it is a beautiful fantasy for young boys who enjoy quiet dream-like anime or manga.
   A fantastic story for all ages
For some time, I have been a fan of Ryan Andrews'work and was so excited to read this book when it came out. And, I ended up loving it so much! The story begins simple enough, but then brings the reader into a mystical fantasy world full of fun and funny characters that present challenges to our heroes and their friendship. This book is perfect for all ages, but I could see it particularly interesting to read to their children who might be interested in scouting and astronomy.
   It's like a Miyazaki movie!
I enjoyed the book Ryan Andrews immensely! It is a charming story accompanied by the most amazing art. Check it out and do it yourself!
   innovative graphic novel
It has adventure, magic and a wonderful message about friendships.
This book is written beautifully and illustrated with a beautiful pen. Full of human storytelling and truths on imaginative nature. This book makes you believe in magic, never growing up, and how to be a friend through good times and hurtful mistakes.
   Don’t Waste Your Money
I am always on the lookout for new graphic novels that my MG students might enjoy, and the premise of this book sounded very promising : during a community celebration that floats lanterns down the river, two boys decide to follow the lanterns to see where they go. Right? Fun, right? Wrong is a Japanese martial artist who has been playing in Europe for 15 years. Without question, this is one of the dumbest books I ever read. Dialogue is bores.
   I Dare You to Not Enjoy This!
This book may be advertising to tweens, but readers of all ages can enjoy it! Pick it up and read the first two pages and then see if you can put it down. I'll bet you can 't! What a great way to share a story and tell a creative message!