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 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
ISBN:9781626720534
Format Type:

    This Was Our Pact Reviews

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Hannah

    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 fish...

  • 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...

  • Rod Brown

    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....

  • Ben Truong

    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,...

  • Kel

    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 ...

  • 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...

  • Ivy

    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 thi...