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 Ryan Andrews's This Was Our Pact is an astonishing, magical-realist adventure story for middle-grade readers. It's...

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Title:This Was Our Pact
Author:Ryan Andrews
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Genres:Sequential Art
ISBN:1626720533
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:330 pages pages

This Was Our Pact Reviews

  • Renata
    Jul 30, 2019
    This was gorgeous and surprising. I love the artwork and the magical journey, but also the realism of the casual cruelty of kids--the way Nathaniel takes Ben for granted, the way he's so quick to declaim him in front of "cooler" boys, and the way Ben just keeps hanging in there anyway....
  • Kate
    Aug 02, 2019
    I got "Stranger Things" vibes from this cover, though this is a gentler story. A group of friends makes a pact to follow the lanterns down the river to see what happens to them: the legend is that the lanterns become stars. After most of his friends back out, Ben is stuck with Nathanie...
  • Namratha
    Jul 29, 2019
    Every year, during the Autumn Equinox festival, young Ben and his townspeople follow a tradition. They send paper lanterns down the river and legend has it that once they disappear from sight, they merge with the Milky Way and become brilliant stars. But where do they really go? T...
  • orangerful
    Jul 26, 2019
    I kinda loved this. I picked it up not knowing anything about it, I just found the cover art intriguing - the group of kids on their bikes, pedaling off into the night. And it started simple enough, with a boy struggling through a bit of peer pressure - Ben's friend from his younger da...
  • Hannah
    Jul 11, 2019
    THIS WAS OUR PACT is a wild, fun, magical ride. It scratched that itch of mine for stories where our world is tilted to reveal a rich, fantastical macrocosm--this one is filled with a gentlemanly fisherbears; sassy potion-makers, and giant dogs who love Rice Krispies bars. A must-read ...
  • Villain E
    Aug 05, 2019
    This needs to be a Studio Ghibli movie. Like, now! A group of boys set out to follow the paper lanterns that their town floats into the river every year. But when they get to the bridge their parents have told them never to cross, only two are brave enough to continue. They enter a ...
  • Wendy
    Jul 18, 2019
    A little slow in parts, but it's fascinating, sweet, weird, and funny. I especially like the friendship dynamic, and that it shows boys doing the same kind of social bullying girls are thought of as doing. ...
  • Benji Martin
    Aug 19, 2019
    This graphic novel is pretty phenomenal. My son and I raced to see who could finish it first. I lost, but only because I had to stop to mow the lawn. ...
  • Alissa
    Jun 05, 2019
    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 ...
  • Matt
    Jun 14, 2019
    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 breaki...
  • Caitlin Hoffer
    Jul 09, 2019
    Holy absolute cats. For a title and cover that look like a teen angst novel, this is anything but. This might be my favorite thing I've read this year. ...
  • Dakota Morgan
    Jul 29, 2019
    Unexpectedly charming, whimsical, and fantastical, This Was Our Pact is nothing like its cover. For one thing, the five boys are pared away pretty quickly to just two. For another, a fisherbear might actually be the main character. Which, of course, might also be a surprise considering...
  • Melki
    Aug 13, 2019
    Two boys share a magical adventure when they attempt to follow some paper lanterns on a trip down the river. Andrews packs this graphic novel with all sorts of sciency tidbits about astronomy, but there's also a wonderful message about daring to take chances. "Ben, no one is going t...
  • Milliebot
    Jun 30, 2019
    Another excellent middle-grade/coming-of-age comic about friendship. I had no idea there was a fantasy element involved in this book, because I didn't bother to read the blurb. I really love when modern-day books have a splash of magic in them - it makes me think that maybe someday I'l...
  • Earl
    Jun 09, 2019
    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...
  • Jenna
    Aug 06, 2019
    A fantastic and magical adventure that doesn?t delve too deeply into the power of friendship, but that feels like a good thing, as we weren?t beaten around the head with it. Lovely color scheme and all the pages were atmospheric. I enjoyed the plot and the road to adventure theme, ...
  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
    May 03, 2019
    This is a fairly lovely graphic novel with a sweet, interesting story, but it's way 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...
  • David
    Aug 03, 2019
    A middle-grade story of boys who make a pact to follow the paper lanterns placed in the river and have adventures along the way. I thought it was very cute, and the art done well for its story. The talking bear was a delight, and Madam Majestic was amusing. It's a strange half-real/hal...
  • Rod Brown
    Jul 13, 2019
    Two boys ride their bicycles down a road filled with increasingly fantastical characters and situations. What seemed a pretty standard story won me over with its charm, humor and simplicity. ...
  • Maia
    Jun 30, 2019
    This book knocked my socks off. The starting scene, of a group of kids on bikes setting off down a dark road might suggest Stranger Things but a closer emotional match is probably Spirited Away. Ben is one of five boys from his school who decide that this year, after the autumn festiva...
  • Nay Keppler
    Aug 22, 2019
    The illustrations were super adorbs, but this read like one of those Facebook threads where you use your phone's autocomplete feature to create stories. ...
  • Malex
    Aug 03, 2019
    This was a perfect cosy Sunday read, the art is fantastic, the colours are handled beautifully and the story is so endearing ? I highly recommend it! There are small pieces of wisdom all along the book but I'll just quote this one that particularly resonated with me: "No one is g...
  • Mahlon
    Aug 20, 2019
    Gorgeous art, but the plot dragged. Worth it for the bear, though. ...
  • Ariel Hess
    Aug 05, 2019
    I gave this graphic novel five stars, mostly due to the character development, the adventure, the realism, and the plot. The illustrations allow the reader to feel transported into the world of the story. The story flows wonderfully, and there is a hint of turmoil as the two main chara...
  • Cy
    Aug 19, 2019
    this was absolutely gorgeous. the artwork, the story, the atmosphere, everything was perfect. definitely one of my favorite graphic novels that have come out this year. ...
  • Sylvs (NOVELty)
    Aug 15, 2019
    Really cute concept but I just couldn't get into it that much. Very pretty in art terms though :) ...
  • Ivy
    Jan 31, 2019
    There have been few times in my entire life when I?ve felt the need to hold a book to my chest after reading it and simply contemplate what just happened. You guessed it, that just happened with this book. The story was so freaking beautiful, it?s impossible to explain. Sometimes ...
  • Ben Truong
    Jul 10, 2019
    This Was Our Pact is a graphic novel written and illustrated by Ryan Andrews. It centers on a group of boys going on an adventure and the unexpected friendships they make on the way. Creepy yet benign, this leisurely graphic novel opens on the autumn equinox, when a community sends ...
  • ♥︎ ゚➽ ellie
    Jul 18, 2019
    this sounds like the single most beautiful thing ever wtf ...
  • Kel
    Jun 28, 2019
    SO pleased to finally, FINALLY own this! It surpassed every expectation I had of it, every single page was gorgeously and lovingly illustrated, the characters were compelling and interesting, and the world Ryan painted was whimsical and fun and unique and I didn?t want it to end!...