My oldest daughter is nine years old, and she loves reading. She has started reading novels, but her favorite genre has always been graphic novels. Raina Telgemeier has always been my daughter’s favorite author; she has all of Telgemeier’s books, and even met her a few years ago. Needless to say, my daughter has been looking forward to Ghosts for months.
Ghosts is Telgemeier’s newest graphic novel. Teenage protagonist Cat is not very happy about having to move to the small town of Bahia de la Luna, but her little sister Maya has cystic fibrosis and the climate will help her breathe better. Cat learns that the whole town is really into Dia de los Muertos; she thinks this is silly, but Maya really wants to meet a real ghost.
There is a boy in the story, Cat’s friends tease her about Carlos liking her, but the focus is not on a romantic relationship. Instead, there is an emphasis on friendship; Carlos shows Cat and Maya around the town, and he is the first one to tell them about the ghosts who live near the mission.
It looks like this book might be categorized as “scary”, but it’s more poignant than anything else. Maya has some health scares, and she is preoccupied with her own mortality; that’s why she wants to meet a ghost. That’s not something that Cat wants to think about, but she also worries about Maya. I also appreciated that the girls try to connect with their Mexican heritage.
Ghosts is a wonderful book. I would recommend this book to just about anyone. My daughter devoured this book in a matter of hours. I read it as well, and I’m always so impressed with what Telgemeier can do without using prose. This is a masterfully crafted book- it’s about family and friendship… and of course, ghosts. You’ll have to read the book if you want to find out if Ghost are real. My daughter and I have read all of Telgemeier’s books, and we agree that this is her best one yet!