Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier


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 neighbour 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.

How did I get the book? I bought it.

Genre: Graphic Novel

Review: I’ve not previously read any of Raina Telgemeier’s graphic novels but after reading Ghosts I know I’ll be searching out some more of her books. I really enjoyed Cat and Maya’s sort.

The art is lovely. Sometimes I come across graphic novels were everything and the kitchen sink is crammed into an image and while there is fun in finding all the messages you lose the flow of the story because you’re being distracted. Raina Telgemeier doesn’t do this, she has a good balance between keeping you interested in what you’re looking at but not losing the importance of the story.

The relationship between Cat and her sister is the focus. I adored Maya (Cat’s little sister) and while Maya is the reason for the move Cat sorting out her feelings about this, Cat finding her place, etc are central to the story. Both sisters dealing with the shadows of death, the whole family reconnecting traditions, new friends, romance – pretty much everything is in this book.

You get so much out of those colourful pages, really makes you appreciate how enjoyable graphic novels are.

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