This Was Our Pact

This Was Our Pact Review

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.

Title:This Was Our Pact

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  • destiny ??? [howling libraries]

    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 care...

  • 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 wo...

  • 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 Stranger Things but a closer emotional match is probably Spirited Away. Ben i...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Milliebot

    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 mode...

  • Jillian Jones

    This book was A M A Z I N G. Every page, every illustration was absolutely breath-taking and the story was even better. This Was Our Pact is such a great story about the power of unexpected friendship...

  • Dan

    This Was Our Pact is an awesome combination of every TV and film based in the 1980's with kids on bicycles meets the magic Studio Ghibli. ...

  • Becky B

    Every year at the Autumn Equinox the town releases lanterns into the river. This year, some boys from the town have made a pact to follow the lanterns and see where they go even if it means going past...

  • Zack Barnes

    Originally posted on link: A to Z Book Reviews.Each year at the Autumn Equinox Festival, the people of a town light lanterns, place them in a river, and watch them drift out of sight. The town’s leg...