Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier


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 w...

Details Ghosts

Release DateSep 13th, 2016
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Childrens, Middle Grade, Comics, Fantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal, Ghosts, Fiction

Reviews Ghosts

  • Lola
    Every time Raina Telgemeier releases a new graphic novel, I get super excited. Her stories are so heartfelt and honest.‘‘Ghosts,’’ however, is a little different from her previous works. For starters, it isn’t as realistic, which I think is its main weakness. It definitely is the reason why I couldn’t give it a 5-star-rating.I loved the culture in it, especially the Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) which I’ve always found quite...
  • Debbie
    Anytime I see a book that has something to do with ghosts, I wonder if the author is going to be contributing to the too-high-pile of problematic books with characters who are haunted or inspired by the ghost of a Native character. One example (there are many) is Susan Cooper's Ghost Hawk. I think Telgemeier's Ghosts is one of those problematic books, but I don't think that Telgemeier is aware that she's doing that same thing. The story she tells...
  • Nat
    This was the perfect heartfelt, quick, and light graphic novel to pick up after feeling emotionally exhausted by my first read of the year.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...
  • Korrina (OwlCrate)
    Second book for booktubeathon complete! I looooved this one. I'm obsessed with ghosts and skeletons and Dia de Los Muertos so this story was right up my alley. But it also had a ton of heart packed into it as well. Definitely recommend it!
  • Faythe
    I had some problems with some things. The family stuff was fine. The Mexican stuff and Dia de Los Muertos? Not accurate. At all. If troubles me that it's praised without fact checking and it's being praised so much.
  • David Schaafsma
    Telgemeier keeps getting better and better, and this is her best book so far. All of her work has been wildly popular and multiple-award-winning, in part because she is so irrepressibly happy and energetic, with so much joie de vivre to go around. Two were memoirs, Smiles and Sisters, and I thought they were great for pre-teens, all my kids loved them and have read them again and again. Drama started to deal just a tad more seriously with some so...
  • Kelli
    I bought this book for my daughter at the school book fair and when I handed it to her she screamed, jumped up and down, and disappeared with it into her room. She raved about it, told me she thought I'd love it, begged me to read it, brought it downstairs and put it in my book pile. Fast forward two months and I found it back in her room, carefully placed among her treasures. I get it. It's vibrant, honest and deals with the issues of disease an...
  • Jon(athan) Nakapalau
    I always love finding 'hidden gems' like this GN. The relationship between sisters is told from a perspective of hope tinged with possible loss; the relationship with the ghosts of loved ones who return during Dia de los Muertos underlines the limited time we have with our loved ones...a lesson we need to remember every day.
  • Rebecca
    Reading this in my own world, I would give it 5 stars. The sister relationship is spot-on, as always ("attempted grab! successful dodge!"). Raina's facial expressions and comic timing are delightful. Braden Lamb's coloring is incredible. The use of the ghosts, as a terminally ill child and her family deal with death (and navigating family cultural heritage), seems inspired. Yet I'm listening to others' reactions to the use of Spanish missions, Sp...
  • Toph
    Probably my favorite book by Telgemeier so far. 3/5 stars.
  • sharon
    So, here is what I wrote to a friend who was interested in the accuracy of the portrayal of Cystic Fibrosis. So, if you are interested in that apect - here ya go! I have a daughter with CF and am pretty actively involved in the CF community: As for the CF stuff, it is definitely accurate, but it is quite rare today for a child of that age to have such advanced stage disease. Not that it never happens, but rare. Most cases that are considered seve...
  • Jan Philipzig
    I like Raina Telgemeier's fluid, spunky, unpretentious cartooning a lot, and it is beautifully matched here by a very timely story that is all about embracing the Other. You know, rather than "bombing the shit out of" it.
  • Rebecca McNutt
    This graphic novel deals with some profound and heavy topics and themes, from the paranormal to cystic fibrosis to moving away your school and friends. However, Ghosts is a beautiful and hopeful graphic novel from the author of Smile, one that teaches younger readers that even in the most dire situations there is always a bright side.
  • Jessica
    It was brought to my attention yesterday by my daughter that I had not read Ghosts! She loves Raina Telgmeier's books, and I usually keep up with her on these, but somehow I had missed that she had this one and had read it several times! It was, of course wonderful. I love her art, I loved the dialogue and the story, and the interaction between sisters. The plot was very unexpected, and I shall not go into details. Grab yourself a copy and read i...
  • Pinky
    What I did after reading this: I love Raina Telgemeier's graphic novels! I've read the Babysitter Club, Smile and Sisters. I loved all of those and when I saw this at the library, I was super excited to read it. It was a cute story that talks about an important issue. I love Maya and Cat, they are such loving sisters. I love how they look out for each other and care for each other. I feel like it would be better to jump right into this book witho...
  • Sesana
    Hard to rate. The writing can be beautiful, particularly in the interaction between the two sisters. But there are some serious issues with appropriation.
  • Kimberly
    What an enjoyable read! A graphic novel that covers two topics I know little about, cystic fibrosis and Day of the Dead. I found this to be an able introduction to both subjects. And the story was quite entertaining. Maya is such a firecracker, even though she's saddled with CF, while her sister, Cat, seems to always play it safe. By the end of the book, Cat relaxes a bit and finds a way to enjoy life.
  • Mariah Roze
    This was a really good graphic novel. I have read multiple other books by Raina and have enjoyed them all.I especially enjoyed the fantasy and Mexican cultures and traditions mixed in this story. I also loved how one of the main characters had cystic fibrosis and her treatment was covered in small, powerful ways in this book :)
  • Kristen
    While this book isn't absolutely perfect, I do just adore it. I got this for my classroom to have more graphic novels available, and ones that were more about personal issues and growing up, and this didn't disappoint. Now I want to get more of Raina Telgemeier's books!What I loved about this book is that it handles multiple topics, while not in depth, with grace: physical disabilities and illnesses, family bonds, coming from a mixed ethnic backg...
  • Abby Johnson
    This was my lunchtime reading treat, thanks to a box of ARCs from Scholastic!Well, you know this is going to be a surefire hit with kids (if your kids are as rabid for Telgemeier as mine are). I think this is actually my favorite of Raina's books so far. It's definitely poignant and atmospheric. I devoured it in one sitting and many young fans will, too.
  • Erica
    I finished this on the second day of Dia de los Muertos.Timing, people. Timing.This story is a bit of a departure from Telgemeier's other works. Per usual, it tackles both difficult and mundane topics in a relatable and humorous fashion but it veers off into supernatural territory and that may be a put off for some readers, especially if they're literal readers (as in, they take what they read at face value and don't look for deeper meaning)First...
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    2.5 stars. This is my least favorite Raina Telgemeier book to date. It's not particularly charming or funny, it's just kind of... okay. Ghosts doesn't have the realism of either Smile or Sisters, but it doesn't manage to reach the charming humor of Drama, either. There isn't much humor aside from brief moments. Unfortunately, this book doesn't hit hard emotionally either. The family relationships and characters here aren't developed enough, makin...
  • Michele Knott
    I love the complex way Telgemeier layered The Day of the Dead and ghosts and breathing and illness. Anyone who says graphic novels has no place in literacy needs to check this novel out! Fantastic!
  • Dov Zeller
    Wow is this a tough book to review. It's trying to do a lot of things at once--to address illness, mortality, and painful family dynamics around illness, all while being upbeat, in a kid's (middle-grade-ish) graphic novel with romance and friendships and ghosts and ghost-related holidays. While I appreciate that this book looks directly at the painfulness of childhood illness and the proximity of death, and while I think the book's recognition of...
  • Maria Kramer
    I got this book because I love Telgemeier's work, then was surprised by the amount of hullabaloo surrounding the theme of the story - which is a sort of magical version of Dia de los Muertos in a town where ghosts really do, literally, come back and talk to you. Interestingly, I had just had a very long conversation with my Hispanic Resources Librarian (I am a library manager in real life) - who had talked about her own experience running Dia de ...
  • Barbara
    This was my introduction to the wonderful Raina Telgemeier. I heard an interview with her on NPR this past weekend and immediately got the book. The theme of ghosts is season-appropriate, but this book is so much more. Catrina Allende-Delmar is the main character along with her younger sister, Maya. The family moves to a coastal town north of San Francisco - the fictional Bahia de la Luna- for the sake of Maya, who has cystic fibrosis (CF). CF is...
  • Jenna
    This deceptively slim, yet richly original graphic novel recounts the story of two sisters whose family moves to a (significantly) foggy and breezy oceanside California town for the benefit of younger sister Maya, who suffers from cystic fibrosis and thus, her parents hope, may benefit from the sea winds of this misty, atmospheric coastal enclave. Awkward adolescent older sister Catrina initially struggles with the move away from her friends and ...
  • Andréa
    10/06/16Raina Telgemeier remains the queen of graphic novels.11/07/16Since my initial review, I've heard about some of the problems (cultural appropriation, insufficient research, "happy sick kid" trope) that others spotted in this book. I'm not very good at close-reading / "reading like a professor," so I frequently miss problematic elements in books. I agree with many of the criticisms, but I also think that Ghosts isn't all bad -- a mainstream...
  • Tiffy
    I devoured this sweet graphic novel in one sitting. Can't wait to read more by this author.