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.
I’ve recently been getting sent more graphic novels from the team over at Scholastic and I definitely am not complaining. I love graphic novels, especially when they capture my attention as much as Ghosts did. A quicker read for sure, but you have the story from two sides; the dialogue and the pictures. Ghosts was a stunning book, both visually and as a story, and I think it tells the story of dealing with illness in a loved one in the most beautiful way.
Ghosts is the sotry of Cat and her family, following them as they move to a different part of the US because the air is meant to be better there for Cat’s little sister Maya. Very soon after arriving in this weird town where it always seems foggy, they are met by Carlos – their neighbour who lets them know about the Ghosts in the town. Cat is not convinced and quite frankly terrified of the idea of ghosts and I totally understand why. As the story develops more you see Cat struggle with her feelings a lot and the ghosts trigger a lot for her. Cat was such a thoughtful character who I absolutely loved following. She has her moments like most teenagers do. But deep down she is a sweet girl who is just scared of what life is going to throw at her. Maya was such a bundle of energy, even when she had none and lit up every scene she was in. I felt so bad for her missing out on things and completely understood why she wanted to get involved with everything.
I couldn’t put ghosts down, it has a real cartoon style which I loved, the characters were so animated and their emotions shone through from every panel. The more I read and enjoyed through the panels the more I wanted to read and I was really sad when the book came to an end. I loved the style of the ghosts and how they all seemed to be so people like, even the ones that weren’t in the shape of people. My favourite parts of the graphic novel were all when Cat was at The Mission. The atmosphere there seeped through the pages and it felt magical.
Ghosts is such a fantastic stroy of love, friendship and family. It is an illustration of the struggles dealing with such strong feelings and its a tale of a girl desperate not to face the inevitable. So much so it envelopes her and stops her from enjoying her life sometimes. I think it tells the story of dealing with illness in a beautiful, thoughtful way and that many will love it as much as I did.
Ghosts was published on 3rd April 2022 by Graphix; a Scholastic imprint. My copy was sent in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
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