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 Baha 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 Baha de l...
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This graphic novel deals with some profound and heavy topics and themes, from the paranormal to cystic fibrosis to moving away your school and friends. However, Ghosts is a beautiful and hopeful graphic novel from the author of Smile, one that teaches younger readers that even in the most dire situations there is always a bright side.
This was my introduction to the wonderful Raina Telgemeier. I heard an interview with her on NPR this past weekend and immediately got the book. The theme of ghosts is season-appropriate, but this book is so much more. Catrina Allende-Delmar is the main character along with her younger sister, Maya. The family moves to a coastal town north of San Francisco - the fictional Bahia de la Luna- for the sake of Maya, who has cystic fibrosis (CF). CF is a genetic disease that affects the lungs. It is i ...more
Wow is this a tough book to review. It's trying to do a lot of things at once--to address illness, mortality, and painful family dynamics around illness, all while being upbeat, in a kid's (middle-grade-ish) graphic novel with romance and friendships and ghosts and ghost-related holidays.
While I appreciate that this book looks directly at the painfulness of childhood illness and the proximity of death, and while I think the book's recognition of how much this kind of illness can put all kinds o ...more
I had some problems with some things. The family stuff was fine. The Mexican stuff and Dia de Los Muertos? Not accurate. At all. If troubles me that it's praised without fact checking and it's being praised so much.
I got this book because I love Telgemeier's work, then was surprised by the amount of hullabaloo surrounding the theme of the story - which is a sort of magical version of Dia de los Muertos in a town where ghosts really do, literally, come back and talk to you.
Interestingly, I had just had a very long conversation with my Hispanic Resources Librarian (I am a library manager in real life) - who had talked about her own experience running Dia de los Muertos celebrations. She talked about how man ...more
This was the perfect heartfelt, quick, and light graphic novel to pick up after feeling emotionally exhausted by my first read of the year.
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 g ...more
2.5 stars. This is my least favorite Raina Telgemeier book to date. It's not particularly charming or funny, it's just kind of... okay.
Ghosts doesn't have the realism of either Smile or Sisters, but it doesn't manage to reach the charming humor of Drama, either. There isn't much humor aside from brief moments. Unfortunately, this book doesn't hit hard emotionally either. The family relationships and characters here aren't developed enough, making this book ultimately unmemorable.