This Was Our Pact

This Was Our Pact

Graphic Novel - 2019
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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.
Publisher: New York : First Second, 2019
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781250196958
1250196957
9781626720534
1626720533
Branch Call Number: J-GN ANDREWS
Characteristics: 329 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm

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Ben and his friends are determined to find out where the paper lanterns truly end up after the Autumn Equinox Festival, so with two rules in place – No one goes home, and No one looks back – they jump on their bikes and head off for a fantastical adventure they never saw coming.

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.


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PimaLib_AmyBo Jan 14, 2021

As I read this, I found myself thinking "Please turn this book into a show!" It feels so similar to the show Over the Garden Wall and the art style would lend itself to be a fantastic little miniseries. This graphic novel is a quiet, gentle fantasy adventure filled with charming characters.

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PartyRaptor
Apr 08, 2020

Each year, a community releases paper lanterns into a river and watches them float out of sight. This year, Ben and a group of friends make a pact to follow the lanterns and see where they end up. One by one, all of his friends leave except Nathaniel (whom Ben didn't want to come anyway). What follows is a wonderful fantasy adventure filled with fun characters.

I never really had any indication of where this story was heading--each twist was unexpected and fun! I really liked the characters of Nathaniel and Ben and felt they were believable. The magical and animal characters were great as well and even the one-dimensional characters were interesting enough to hold my attention.

I also really enjoyed the art style--it is whimsical and fluid. The colors help convey the emotions of a scene and the panels (and sometimes entire chapters) are monochromatic. For example, most of chapter one is varying shades of blue.

I enjoyed this one and feel like upper elementary on up would as well.

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Fuzzy_Slippers
Feb 24, 2020

This book is so imaginative. I never knew what was going to happen next and I loved the mystical elements

This book was gorgeous and not at all what I was expecting! It becomes a sort of surrealist quest as you go on, a tale of embracing your weirdness and enjoying the moments along the journey. And did I mention it was gorgeous? Because it was. Another book I probably need to own at some point.

sockmonkery Jan 05, 2020

This was a fabulous fantastical story of friendship and unusual events. I was expecting something else, but this was much MUCH better. If you like whimsy and wonderful things, read this book.

ArapahoeLauraRose Jan 02, 2020

This book was soft and wonderful and delightful! I loved the muted colors in the art. My favorite character was definitely the bear. In an interview, Andrews stated that he was inspired by the storytelling and art style of one of my favorite films, "Spirited Away." I could tell!

JCLHebahA Nov 05, 2019

Gorgeous art and a magical, whimsical adventure story to go with it.

JCLChrisK Jul 17, 2019

A group of boys ride their bikes out of town on a country road in search of adventure and excitement on a starry night, having made a pact not to stop until they have found what they are looking for. One at a time they all turn back until only a single brave soul ventures on, trailed by an uninvited outcast. The two cross a bridge, advance into virgin territory, and see a strange figure looming in the darkness. And that's when the adventure really begins. A night of enchanting mystery where reality blurs into fantasy, with unknown menace, magic, danger, and wonder waits just around the corner. The boys find what they were looking for and so much more. Delightful.

"Our pact had two simple rules.

"Rule one: no one turns for home.

"Rule two: no one looks back."

JCLEmmaF Jun 14, 2019

An utterly gorgeous, spunky, funny, exciting exploration story about two boys who don't get along perfectly, and the bear they meet. I love it.

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