Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

December 3rd, 2019 by

ghosts_raina-telgemeierSubmitted by Audrianna, Age 9 from Texas

Rating: ★★★★½

It was a good story because it shows to face your fears whatever they may be. The characters have good and fun personalities. A fun book for anyone to enjoy and you can learn things out of the book. I bet it took a long time to accomplish.

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

January 19th, 2017 by

ghosts_raina-telgemeierSubmitted by Aaliyah, Age 12 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

Will she make it? Read this book to find out. This book Is about a girl named maya meting ghost and something happened to her and maya has a breathing problem so her older sister Cat has to take her back home and….. read to find out. This is a fictional book

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

January 13th, 2017 by

Submitted by Joseph H., Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

This book is awesome and I was interested that how it would go and you have to read it is an amazing book

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

January 13th, 2017 by

ghosts_raina-telgemeierSubmitted by Ryan, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

I rate this book 5 because it is really really good

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

January 12th, 2017 by

ghosts_raina-telgemeierSubmitted by Jazlyn, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

Ghosts is a graphic novel that anyone can read and it is a really good book. Maya is a little girl how has cystic Fibrosis and she has a older sister named Cat who is sad because they are moving up north because the ari is better for Maya . They meet a boy named Carlos who likes ghosts and cat gets scared. Maya likes ghosts to but she gets hurt .

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier: Book Review

September 26th, 2016 by

ghosts_raina-telgemeierHey, have you heard of a little-known writer/illustrator named Raina Telgemeier? Just kidding! Of course you have, because she is a SUPERSTAR of comics and graphic novels!

Henceforth, I shall refer to Ms. Telgemeier as Raina, because a) she has a cool first name and b) we interviewed her when Drama came out, so I can attest that she is totally cool and we’re like, besties. Kind of. In my literary dreams.

In Raina’s newest book, Ghosts, Catrina — “Cat” to her friends and family — and her family move to the fictional town of Bahía de la Luna in Northern California. Her little sister, Maya, has cystic fibrosis (an incurable lung disease), and the air in Bahía de la Luna will be easier to breathe.

Watch the official trailer from the publisher (Scholastic) here:

Unlike Raina’s other books (Sisters, Smile, and Drama), Ghosts has an element of fantasy in it — the genre is called magical realism, where fantastical elements occur in a real-world setting. Magical realism is somewhere in between a Harry Potter-eqsue magical world and the down-to-earth realistic setting of Wonder. Some other examples are Tuck Everlasting, the Indian in the Cupboard series, and a lot of Roald Dahl books like The BFG and James and the Giant Peach.

When Cat and Maya explore their new home, they meet their new neighbor Carlos, who gives them a ghost tour of the town and explains that the place is full of spirits. The spirits come to visit as the Day of the Dead (Día de los Meurtos) approaches — a Mexican holiday that celebrates friends and family members who have died.

Even though she is ill, Maya is excited for adventure and wants to meet the spirits, but Cat fears for her sister’s health. Cat also starts a new school and must make friends, and the whole family discovers a little more about their own heritage.

Like all of Raina’s books, the illustrations are wonderful. Check out this beautiful spread:

Each time I read the book again, I catch funny and thoughtful expressions on characters’ faces. It’s a true testament to Raina’s illustration skill that I really wanted a hamburger and fries after seeing this panel:


Okay, maybe I always want hamburger and fries. But still…

I laughed, commiserated, and sympathized with Cat and Maya as they settled down in Bahía de la Luna. I felt that they could easily be my next-door-neighbors, and I’ll admit (and forewarn), I was holding back tears because there are parts of the book that are genuinely sad and deal with death.

Ghosts is a wonderful read: perfect for fans of comics and graphic novels, well-written stories, and anything by Raina Telgemeier, of course! (Psst — this is a book grown-ups would like, too!)

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Have you read Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier yet? How do you think it compares to her other books? Leave a comment below or send in a review to be featured on Kidsmomo!

— Nancy

icon_nancyNancy loves this book so much that she has a physical copy AND a copy on her iPad. Some say she’s still reading them side-by-side with a hamburger and fries to this day.

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