Ghosts - Raina Telgemeier
Author: Raina Telgemeir
Genre: Graphic Novels, Middle Grade
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. (via Goodreads)
Thoughts: I made the mistake of reading this after March, so I compared it to that book rather than judging the book on its own merit. But trying not to compare it to March, which is so difficult to do, it was a really well told story. I got freaked out during the course of reading the book, so I can see kids being freaked out with the content. I liked the interaction between the sisters and could identify with trying to get your bearings in a community you don't really know. I can only imagine how difficult it is for a teenager to adjust to a new town. Highly recommended.
Bottom line: A really sweet story of trying to adjust in a new community and would recommend it for middle grade readers who have enjoyed Raina's previous works.