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Monday, December 17, 2018

#Book #Review: 5 out of 5 stars for Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier @goraina @GraphixBooks


TITLE: Ghosts
ILLUSTRATOR: Raina Telgemeier
WITH COLOR BY: Braden Lamb
PUBLISHER: Graphix
PUBLICATION DATE: September 13, 2016
FORMAT: Paperback
LENGTH: 256 pages
GENRE: Graphic Novel, Middle Grade, Fantasy
ISBN: 9780545540629
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.

MY REVIEW:

If you are a regular visitor to my blog, you know how much I enjoy reading challenges. Once again, this book was picked to fulfill a reading challenge prompt, in this case it was to read a book about or set on Halloween. This one actually more accurately is about the Day of the Dead, but Halloween is also featured as well. So, bottom line is that I probably would never have picked up this book were it not for that particular prompt, which saddens me a bit because I would have missed out!

What a lovely, heartwarming book! This is a little gem that should be read by all. It actually brought a tear to my eye!

Catrina's family is moving from Southern California to Northern California, primarily for the reason that the climate on the coast will be better for Catrina's little sister, Maya, who has cystic fibrosis. When Catrina hears that there are ghosts in their new town, Maya is intrigued but Catrina is frightened and tells her little sister that there are no such things as ghosts. Maya is disappointed, but the neighbour insists that the rumours are true. He tells her all about the Day of the Dead and how the locals welcome back the spirits of their loved ones on that date. Maya wants to go exploring and ghost-hunting, excited by the prospect of seeing a ghost. While she is more the adventurous one, Catrina hovers over her little sister and is very protective. Maya confesses to Catrina the reason why she wants so badly to see a ghost: Because she wants to know what happens when you die. Gulp!! That revelation just totally socks you in the gut. Throughout the book, the author shows us the different ways that Maya is treated for her cystic fibrosis but the reality is that there is no cure and she will continue to get worse. For that little girl to be conscious and aware of her very own mortality at such a young age is just so heartbreaking. 

I really loved the relationship between the sisters and, by the end of the book, I felt that I understood each of them a little better. On Page 15, there's a picture of the boxes in Catrina's new bedroom they are labelled as book boxes!! Love that!

This author/illustrator is new to me, but I will definitely read more of her graphic novels!

MY RATING:

5 stars!! I loved it, and I highly recommend it!

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