Ghosts
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Annotation: Catrina is already unhappy that she and her family have to move to Northern California for the sake of her little sister, Maya, who is sick with cystic fibrosis. But Cat becomes even more upset when she learns that the town is inhabited by ghosts--and that Maya insists on meeting one.
Catalog Number: #128174
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
All Formats: Search
Special Formats: Graphic Novel Graphic Novel
Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Copyright Date: 2016
Edition Date: 2016
Pages: 239 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-545-54062-3 Perma-Bound: 0-605-95356-2
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-545-54062-9 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-95356-7
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2016004672
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
Horn Book
Ghost-obsessed neighbor Carlos teaches sisters Catrina and Maya (who has cystic fibrosis) about their new California town's traditions (townspeople are serious about Dma de los Muertos), sparking interest in their own Mexican roots. The graphic novel's pace builds to moments of high emotion, seen in enlarged panels or full-page illustrations. Notes on Dma de los Muertos (but not the cultural liberties taken) are appended.
Publishers Weekly
Telgemeier-s stirring graphic novel opens on moving day, as Cat-s family travels from Southern California to Bahía de la Luna, a foggy village up the coast; Cat-s younger sister, Maya, has cystic fibrosis and needs the sea air. While Cat is the worrier in the family, chronically ill Maya is an irrepressible optimist, her zest captured in the lyrics of her favorite song: -Let it out, let it out.... Can-t hold it in, gotta shout.- The village is obsessed with ghosts; their neighbor gives ghost tours, and there-s an annual Día de los Muertos celebration. What-s more, the ghosts are real. Telgemeier-s floaty, sea green, protoplasmic beings are just as appealing as her human characters. They worry, grieve, and make jokes, and it-s in learning to interact with them that Cat and Maya start to face the possibility that Maya might die. The complex relationship between the sisters is richly drawn-each feels almost unbearable compassion for the other-s weakness. -José,- Maya tells a child ghost, -if I die, Cat will be all alone. She-s terrible at making friends.- In her treatment of illness and death, Telgemeier (Sisters) nudges readers toward the edge of their comfort zone, but she never leaves them alone there. The story is consistently engaging, the plot is tightly built, and-as always-Telgemeier excels at capturing facial expressions, as when Maya-s oxygen tube shocks Cat-s new friends, or when Cat-s cool façade melts into ecstasy as she tastes her neighbors- Mexican cooking. Death means sadness and loss, Cat and Maya learn, but it doesn-t mean the end of love. Ages 8-12. Agent: Judith Hansen, Hansen Literary. (Sept.)

Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* Cat and her family move to foggy, windy Bahía de la Luna for her little sister, Maya, who has cystic fibrosis, since the new climate will be better for her health. Though she's initially distraught, Cat eventually settles in, but her next-door neighbor Carlos, who won't shut up about the ghosts that visit their town, is a constant thorn in her side. Bouncy, gregarious Maya is thrilled at the thought of meeting ghosts ey struggle to breathe, just like her, and she's eager to have some reassurances about death, since she knows hers is coming. But Cat is terrified, especially after Maya finally meets the ghosts and the exertion puts her in the hospital for weeks. Telgemeier deftly weaves serious topics through the breezy presentation and masterfully and concisely adds layers of meaning with small gestures that subtly nudge at feelings about death. Cat's and Maya's reactions to ghosts exemplify each girl's fear and acceptance, respectively, and their mother's wistful regrets over her relationship with her departed Mexican mother add yet another bittersweet perspective. The bright tones and wonderfully expressive figures of the racially diverse cast, not to mention the jaunty, friendly ghosts that waft over the windswept beach town, make this compassionate, approachable, and gentle story about death irresistible. Telgemeier has her finger on the pulse of middle-grade readers, and this might be her best yet. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: New Raina Telgemeier! Need we say more? OK, fine: this one comes with a six-figure first-print run.
Word Count: 5,487
Reading Level: 2.6
Interest Level: 3-6
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.6 / points: 1.0 / quiz: 184470 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:3.2 / points:4.0 / quiz:Q69758
Lexile: GN300L

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.



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.


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