Raina Telgemeier
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.


Reviewed: 2019-09-29

Ghosts is a great middle reader that can teach children about different views on death. I think that it uses Mexican culture well to express that death does not have to be a sad event and that our loved ones are always with us as long as we remember them. But it is not my culture, so my opinion can change if I receive information to the contrary. I've got a big HOWEVER. A good portion of the book takes place at a California Mission. Though Mexican people were also at these Spanish missions, many of the people who lived and worked there were Indigenous peoples. This is completely overlooked. All the ghosts are presented as Mexican. I don't think it would have detracted from the story to include some Indigenous ghosts or even state in conversation that people from Mexico and Indigenous people from the area were held at the mission.

All in all, I would recommend this graphic novel, especially to a person who is having to face the mortality of a loved one in their life.

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