Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

Posted September 16, 2016 by shooting in Uncategorized / 14 Comments

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

Review by Lauren

source: copy from BEA ’16; all opinions are my own

Official SummaryCatrina 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.


This is a book that I read in one night, which isn’t surprising because it’s a graphic novel, but it was also really good and something I didn’t want to put down! Ghosts is the story of two sisters, Cat and Maya, though the book follows Cat’s point of view. The two girls have been moved to a town in Northern California that is not as sunny in order to help with Maya’s cystic fibrosis. While there, they realize that the town very much believe in ghosts and they aren’t afraid of them returning on The Day of the Dead. 

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I loved this graphic novel for various reasons, so I thought I’d share a list!

1. The sister relationship. Despite Cat wishing she didn’t have to move, she loves her sister and would obviously do anything to help if needed.

2. Day of the Dead celebrations. I know a bit about this holiday, when ghosts of people’s ancestors are said to return. I loved learning more, as well as getting some colorful illustrations of the parties and costumes.

3. Being able to see Maya’s cystic fibrosis. It’s one thing to explain this disease in a novel, but with the illustrations, the author could really show the coughing and the equipment that Maya had to use to move the fluid from her lungs. It made me care for her even that much more.

4. Have I mentioned the illustrations? I know not all graphic novels are in color, but this one was, and I really loved it! It wouldn’t have been as an exciting novel without the color, especially concerning the Day of the Dead celebrations.

A great graphic novel – perfect for middle school and up, though I highly suggest adults check it out too!

14 responses to “Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

  1. This sounds like such a lovely read Lauren. I love the sense of family and a great way to introduce kids to cystic fibrosis if they have a family member who suffers with the disease. Thanks for sharing Lauren and wonderful review as always <3

  2. Oh you have captured several reasons this appeals to me. First that the illustrations were so perfect. Second, Dia Los Muertos! And third, the fact that there is a person with cystic fibrosis. There is way too much lack of disability in books. This sounds perfect for kids (and me)! 🙂

  3. This looks like a great one! The illustrations look amazing and that's great they are all in color. The Day of the Dead celebration sounds like a nice touch!

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