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Ghosts: A Graphic Novel

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Christina
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Ghosts

by Telgemeier, Raina / Telgemeier, Raina
Ghoulish good fun with strong sister ties

While I don't often read graphic novels, I decided to give this one a go. Telgemeier's items barely make it to the shelves before both guys and girls have it checked out again. I just lucked out and caught this copy in the rare 20 seconds where there were no holds. And I liked it. The pictures really helped to illustrate both the story of emotions (like when Cat is afraid of the ghosts) and give a good idea of what some of Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) looks like. The story is about a family that moves to a northern California coastal town for Maya's health. While Maya, ever the optimist, loves the town and its ghostly history, Cat is not. She doesn't believe in ghosts and misses her friends. However, the salty breezes are good for Maya's cystic fibrosis...and for ghosts. Maya wants to meet them to ask questions about death and the other side. Cat does not. However, for the love of her sister, Cat eventually gets over her fears and misconceptions of both her next-door neighbor AND ghosts for a happy ending. The one major complaint that this book has received is its descriptions of Dia de Los Muertos. It isn't accurate nor factual. I wouldn't have known that if I hadn't read some reviews when it came out. There are also reviews regarding the (fairly accurate) depiction of cystic fibrosis and describing the inaccuracies (not a death sentence, why move away from good health care?!). I leave it up to you to decide whether it is best described as realistic, fantasy, or both.

 
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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 Bah a 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 Bah a 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.



  • Condition: Used - Good
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  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Sold by: HPB Lynnwood
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  • Language: --
  • Publisher: Graphix
  • ISBN-13: 9780545540629
  • ISBN: 0545540623
  • Publication Year: 2016


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  • Near Fine (NF): Clean, with no defects, but may show slight wear at edges of book or dust jacket. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
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