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Raina Telgemeier

Ghosts, by Raina Telgemeier, follows Catrina and her family, who are moving to the coast of Northern California. Catrina’s little sister, Maya, is sick. Cat isn't happy about leaving her friends for Bahía de la Luna, but Maya has cystic fibrosis and benefits from the cool, salty air that blows in from the sea. As the girls explore their new home, a neighbor lets them in on a secret. Apparently, there are ghosts in Bahía de la Luna. Maya is determined to meet one, but Cat wants nothing to do with them. As the weather gets windier, and the ghosts start to visit, Cat has to push aside her fear of the undead. Not only for her sister, but for her sake too.

Ghosts is different from many of Raina’s other graphic novels. Although still incredibly charming and heartfelt, it’s not a realistic story. Nonetheless, I still really enjoyed the story. The color palette is refreshingly vibrant in Ghosts. The scenes were beautifully drawn, and a lot more colorful compared to past books. The relationship between Catrina and Maya is incredibly true and genuine. It talks about death, grief, but also features wholesome moments of happiness. Although the book talks about disease, and death, it shows how love can still shine through. It introduces younger readers to the idea of death and sadness, but doesn’t overwhelm them.

Grade Level:

- Suggested: 4th-5th

- Advanced: 3rd

- Genre: Graphic-novel

- Key Elements: Ghosts, Día de los Muertos, death

- Possible Themes: At the end of the day, love transcends life and death.

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

Happy Reading!

-The Book Lover-

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