This Was Our Pact

This Was Our Pact

Graphic Novel - 2019
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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 inches 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.
Publisher: New York : First Second, 2019
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781626720534
Branch Call Number: J AND 2019-06
Characteristics: 329 pages : chiefly colour illustrations ; 23 cm


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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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