- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: First Second (11 June 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250196957
- ISBN-13: 978-1250196958
- Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3 x 22.5 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 821 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"An original and much-needed view of the complex world of middle-school friendships." --New York Times
"Andrews' marvelously melancholic, earnest graphic novel, [is] at its core an exercise in whimsical self-reflection. This story's a quiet one in which danger flickers and hope flares at odd but fruitful moments...the primarily blue and red mixed-media pictures underscore how nighttime sometimes promises transformation. Brilliantly enchanting." --Kirkus, starred review
"Andrews crafts a phantasmagoria of events that recall animation from Studio Ghibli and Cartoon Saloon...picaresque episodes and a dreamlike resolution conjure a giddy sensation, like staying up all night. " --Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Richly imagined and complexly emotional... [This was Our Pact] may owe some of its eerie melancholy and occasionally 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." --Booklist, starred review
"For readers who want an escapist fantasy with a light touch. Hand this title to fans of whimsical or unpredictable adventures such as Neil Gaiman's Fortunately, the Milk or Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time." --School Library Journal, starred review
"A great starting point for fantasy lovers who haven't yet embraced graphic novels." --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
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Every year, a group of friends chase the lanterns on their bikes until they reach the edge of their town, where their parents say they can not go past. But this year, a pact is made to follow the lanterns until they know for sure what happens to them. No turning back. No matter what. They hop on their bikes for a great adventure.
But as the journey goes on, each friend turns back except for Ben and Nathaniel. Ben didn’t want Nathaniel to come along in the first place, but he had been following behind the group. With only Nathaniel left, Ben has no other choice but to continue his journey with him.
They continue together into a place where they have never been allowed to go before. That comes with anxiousness and excitement. The plot, the characters, and the art are just screaming something magical.
Then, the boys meet a fisherbear, who is on the hunt for the fish that come every Equinox. Together with the fisherbear, they get lost, and then later, separated. The boys get help from an irritable potion master, who looks to be making things worse before they get better. But gives the boys an adventure, no doubt.
Ben and Nathaniel used to be friends, but have grown apart as Ben found himself in the cool crowd. But as the story goes on, the pair learn the power of real friendship. I’ve read some amazing graphic novels over the past few years. There’s something different about This Was Our Pact. The depth of the story and the art combine to make a spellbinding adventure that hooked me from the start.