From Raina Telgemeier, the #1 New York Times bestselling, multiple Eisner Award-winning author of Smile, Drama, and Sisters!
Catrina and her family are moving to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya, is sick. Cat isn't happy about leaving her friends for Bahía de la Luna, but Maya has cystic fibrosis and will benefit 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: There are ghosts in Bahía de la Luna. Maya is determined to meet one, but Cat wants nothing to do with them. As the time of year when ghosts reunite with their loved ones approaches, Cat must figure out how to put aside her fears for her sister's sake - and her own.
Raina Telgemeier has masterfully created a moving and insightful story about the power of family and friendship, and how it gives us the courage to do what we never thought possible.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
We love all of Raina Telgemeier’s graphic novels, and Ghosts is no exception. It revolves around sisters Cat and Maya, who move to Bahia de la Luna, a California seaside town known for its fog—and connect to the spirit world. With lovely illustrations that capture the magic of Day of the Dead and a heartfelt story about illness, mortality, friendship, and love, it’s a treat of a read that we plan to return to again and again.
Telgemeier's stirring graphic novel opens on moving day, as Cat's family travels from Southern California to Bah a de la Luna, a foggy village up the coast; Cat's younger sister, Maya, has cystic fibrosis and needs the sea air. While Cat is the worrier in the family, chronically ill Maya is an irrepressible optimist, her zest captured in the lyrics of her favorite song: "Let it out, let it out.... Can't hold it in, gotta shout." The village is obsessed with ghosts; their neighbor gives ghost tours, and there's an annual D a de los Muertos celebration. What's more, the ghosts are real. Telgemeier's floaty, sea green, protoplasmic beings are just as appealing as her human characters. They worry, grieve, and make jokes, and it's in learning to interact with them that Cat and Maya start to face the possibility that Maya might die. The complex relationship between the sisters is richly drawn each feels almost unbearable compassion for the other's weakness. "Jos ," Maya tells a child ghost, "if I die, Cat will be all alone. She's terrible at making friends." In her treatment of illness and death, Telgemeier (Sisters) nudges readers toward the edge of their comfort zone, but she never leaves them alone there. The story is consistently engaging, the plot is tightly built, and as always Telgemeier excels at capturing facial expressions, as when Maya's oxygen tube shocks Cat's new friends, or when Cat's cool fa ade melts into ecstasy as she tastes her neighbors' Mexican cooking. Death means sadness and loss, Cat and Maya learn, but it doesn't mean the end of love. Ages 8 12.
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I really enjoyed it.
I really enjoyed this book! I love all her books! I do wish maya didn’t have to be that sick though it made me a little sad! But overall I think it’s five stars!
Can’t wait to reaf
I love all of her books and can’t wait to read this one