Summer Spirit is a thoroughly enjoyable, young adult graphic novel from France. We'd been selling it in the shop since it's release, but just realized that we hadn't got around to posting here on the site, where it certainly deserves to be!
Originally published in France in 2018, Elizabeth Holleville's charming and engaging coming of age tale – well translated here by Amy Evans-Hill, who has a good ear for the inflections of teen speech – spends a summer at the seaside in France wherein the protagonist, Louise, a girl on the edge of adolescence, hanging out with some slightly older teenage relatives and friends, copes with all the ensuing drama with the aid of... a ghost! And therein lies the tale. Lush, pastel colors complement equally lush, thick brushed ink lines, and, running 254 pages on heavy, flat white stock, it's an entertainment bargain, to boot.
Recommended for fans of This One Summer, teen tales and ghost stories.