Title: Ghosts Author: Raina Telgemeier
Rating: 🆗 (34/50)
Age range: 2nd-4th AR: 2.6 Lexile: GN300
Like Smile, my previous post, this book is also a graphic novel by Raina Telgemeier. Thank you to Avery M who suggested I review this book in the comments section.
Catrina and her family are moving to Bahía de la Luna in hopes that her little sister’s lung condition (cystic fibrosis) will improve with the cool, salty air that blows from the ocean. As they explore around their new neighborhood a friend lets them in on a secret: There are ghosts in their new town.
Maya is thrilled to meet a ghost, but Catrina thinks otherwise. Catrina is determined to protect herself and her little sister from the ghosts, but when el día de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) approaches, Catrina must face her fears. Not only for her-but for Maya as well.
Thoughts (for after you’re done reading)
I liked how the characters interacted with each other, but I felt like some parts were not well thought-out. For example, why was the Mission completely deserted? Even early in the morning, like 6:00 am the Missions are filled with people. Besides, the Missions are one of California’s most prosperous tourist attraction.
On page 93, Maya approaches a ghost, saying hi. Carlos says Maya should speak to the ghost in spanish, because most people buried at the mission were from Mexico. Though is possible that some of the ghosts did speak spanish, it is more likely that they would have been native americans living in the missions and speaking their own language. 😮
However, I thought this was a good book in general. My favorite character is Maya because of how positive and brave she is. She doesn’t let her medical condition hold her back. She also taught Catrina an important lesson: to face her fears.
My favorite part was when Catrina met the ghost on the curb. I like how she loosened up towards all spirits and had fun the rest of the night with her friends. It really shows how experience makes you wiser.
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