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Cover: 'Ghosts'

Staff Review: "Ghosts" by Raina Telgemeier


Cat and Maya's family moves to a new town in California for Maya's health; Maya has cystic fibrosis and the town's fog and mist from the ocean will help Maya breathe easier. Cat and Maya explore the town and meet Carlos along the way. Carlos is the town's young ghost tour guide. Ghosts?! In this town? Cat is terrified of all scary things, but Maya is eager to discover these ghosts Carlos keeps referring to. Over three months time, we see the sister's acclimate to their new town and home. We also see their relationship go through its ups and downs. The sisters have their normal sisterly squabbles and Telgemeier writes and illustrates these with perfection. Adding to their sisterly relationship is Maya's cystic fibrosis and the fact that there is no cure, meaning Cat may lose her some day. This is something Cat tries to come to grips with throughout the story. The portrayal of Día de los Muertos, the town's coveted annual celebration, is not totally accurate, but it exposes readers to a Mexican cultural tradition they may not have heard of before. The strong theme of  Día de los Muertos will hopefully inspire readers to do more research on this ancient celebration of the dead. I thoroughly enjoyed the excellent illustrations, the intriguing plot, and the well-developed characters. I would recommend this to graphic novel fans and to any fans of Telgemeier's other works "Sisters," "Smile," and "Drama."

Audience: children, tweens | Genre: fiction, graphic novel

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