A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Ghosts explores the folklore behind the Mexican Day of the Dead and the traditions associated with the holiday. The story also features a young character coping with cystic fibrosis and details some of her treatments.
Our fears about the future shouldn't prevent us from enjoying the present. Traditions celebrating the lives of our ancestors can bring families closer together.
Positive Role Models
Catrina loves her sister Maya, but sometimes she resents the extra attention the younger girl receives due to her illness. Maya mostly maintains a cheerful, positive outlook about her illness, but sometimes she's scared by what may lie ahead for her. Both girls find the courage to face their fears about death and the afterlife.
Violence & Scariness
Kids are chased by ghosts, who turn out to be friendly.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ghosts is a fantasy graphic novel by Raina Telgemeier, author of Drama and Smile. It features a young character coping with cystic fibrosis. One sister wants to meet a ghost, while the other is frightened by the idea. The ghosts chase Catrina and Maya, but their intentions are friendly. There's no swearing, sexual content, or substance use.
Is It Any Good?
With a light touch and a sensitive ear, this absorbing graphic novel explores issues of mortality and the possibility of life after death. Ghosts shows two sisters' different reactions to the supernatural, and the feelings of both girls are treated with respect. Author-illustrator Raina Telgemeier works her illustrative magic on both the fantastic and the mundane aspects of her story, rooting the spectral antics in a realistic setting that's both mysterious and inviting.
Ghosts advocates living life to the fullest, no matter what lies beyond it, and young readers are likely to respond well to the book's generous heart and true-to-life characters.
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