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 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....
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||256 pages|
|Url Type||:||Home » Ghosts » Ghosts|
What I did after reading this:
I love Raina Telgemeier's graphic novels! I've read the Babysitter Club, Smile and Sisters. I loved all of those and when I saw this at the library, I was super excited to read it. It was a cute story that talks about an important issue. I love Maya and Cat, they are such loving sisters. I love how they look out for each other and care for each other. I feel like it would be better to jump right into this book without knowing much about it. At least, that's what 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
Raina Telgemeier remains the queen of graphic novels.
Since my initial review, I've heard about some of the problems (cultural appropriation, insufficient research, "happy sick kid" trope) that others spotted in this book. I'm not very good at close-reading / "reading like a professor," so I frequently miss problematic elements in books. I agree with many of the criticisms, but I also think that Ghosts isn't all bad -- a mainstream book by a super-popular author with non-white mai ...more
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
I love the complex way Telgemeier layered The Day of the Dead and ghosts and breathing and illness. Anyone who says graphic novels has no place in literacy needs to check this novel out! Fantastic!
Reading this in my own world, I would give it 5 stars. The sister relationship is spot-on, as always ("attempted grab! successful dodge!"). Raina's facial expressions and comic timing are delightful. Braden Lamb's coloring is incredible. The use of the ghosts, as a terminally ill child and her family deal with death (and navigating family cultural heritage), seems inspired. Yet I'm listening to others' reactions to the use of Spanish missions, Spanish language, and Dia de los Muertos. These view ...more
While this book isn't absolutely perfect, I do just adore it. I got this for my classroom to have more graphic novels available, and ones that were more about personal issues and growing up, and this didn't disappoint. Now I want to get more of Raina Telgemeier's books!
What I loved about this book is that it handles multiple topics, while not in depth, with grace: physical disabilities and illnesses, family bonds, coming from a mixed ethnic background (AND EVEN BETTER, NOT ALWAYS HAVING A FIRM F ...more