25 Jul

GHOSTS Front Cover

Title: Ghosts
Author: Raina Telgemeier

Series: N/A Expected Publish Date September 13, 2016
Recommended for: 8th – 12th grade
Pages: 256
Call Number/Link:  GN TEEN





Synopsis: 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.

Opinion:  I was asked to review an ARC copy of this book for my library.  I thought it was quite good.  Nice to see that there is going to be an interesting graphic book about Dia de los muertos.  This book is well written and respectful of the topic. I really liked the ways in which they explained the spirits though the ending is a bit different.  A must read if wanting to know more about the topic but definately meets a fans expectation of great visual quality at the level of a teen. I would recommend for middle and high school readers.


Posted by on July 25, 2016 in Graphic Novels, Teen


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3 responses to “Ghosts

  1. Andrea

    July 26, 2016 at 12:39 am

    I did have another latinx librarian read it and she did have issue with it. She doesn’t think it handled Dia de Los Muertos as well as it should have. She also say there were some Cali culture things that didn’t work–like a latinx teen never having a tamala, her teens agreed. So, I do think it’s going to looked at differently in Cali, where it’s set, and that area a bit differently!


  2. Heather

    July 27, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    I totally think she is entitled to her opinion but I think they are
    Latina/os that may not have had some cultural food because their parents did not expose them to that for whatever reason. I could not tell you anything about the Cali differences but good to know.


    • Andrea

      July 27, 2016 at 6:09 pm

      I completely agree that some will have that experience, but I think it would location is important! She’s going to be writing up a post, so she’ll be talking a lot more about what she had issue with that I can share later. I only mentioned it because I do think it’s important to take note what is being said.



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