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Ghosts Paperback – September 13, 2016
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Gr 4–8—Catrina and her family have just moved to Northern California. Bahía de la Luna is different from Cat's hometown—for one thing, everyone is obsessed with ghosts—but the sea air makes it easier for Cat's younger sister, Maya, who has cystic fibrosis (CF), to breathe. Carlos, a new friend and neighbor, introduces the girls to a different perspective on the spiritual world. Ghosts, he says, aren't frightening; they're the spirits of loved ones. Cat has her doubts—especially after a ghostly encounter puts Maya in the hospital—but as Day of the Dead celebrations draw closer, she starts to reconsider. Readers will relate to these realistically flawed characters. Maya is frank about her illness and optimistic despite her awareness that her prognosis is poor, while Cat struggles, feeling intensely protective of her sister, anxious about her illness, and resentful about the limitations that Maya's condition places upon the whole family. Themes such as the sibling bond, death, and culture are expertly woven throughout. As Cat comes to terms with the existence of ghosts, she also navigates her background (her father is white, while her mother is Mexican). Telgemeier employs the cheerful cartoon artwork that fans of Smile, Drama, and Sisters know and love, but her palette is more muted in places, fitting the book's somewhat serious and somber themes. VERDICT A can't-miss addition to middle grade graphic novel shelves; hand to fans of the author and newcomers alike.—Mahnaz Dar, School Library Journal --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
* "Telgemeier's bold colors, superior visual storytelling, and unusual subject matter will keep readers emotionally engaged and unable to put down this compelling tale." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "A can't-miss addition to middle grade graphic novel shelves; hand to fans of the author and newcomers alike." -- School Library Journal, starred review
* "The story is consistently engaging, the plot is tightly built." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
"[A] gem of a graphic novel" -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Raina Telgemeier's characters fizz with visual energy." -- The New York Times Book Review
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I suppose the title gives it away, but yes, this is a story of ghosts, but it is also a story of childhood, which Raina does so well. It is a story of illness, but also of family. It is a story of fitting in, and not fitting in.
As usual the drawings are fantastic, and although she said it was inspired by Half Moon Bay, it seems to be more like Montara, a little further north. Also, I am quite sure she went to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk, as that looks so close to how it looks it is as though I am walking with the two sisters.
I don't want to give anything away, but if you like Raina's other books, you will probably enjoy this one as well.