Author: Raina Telgemeier
Genre: Graphic Novel, Middle Grade, Young Adult
Release Date: September 13, 2016
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 loved the diversity in this graphic novel. It focused a lot on the Mexican traditions of their town. Carlos’s family makes more traditional mexican food and they speak Spanish fluently. Maya and Cat’s mother didn’t like the way her mother was so traditional when she was young so she didnt take the time to learn about her heritage. Cat and Maya get to learn about these celebrations from Carlos.
Another important aspect of the story is Maya’s illness. This is an important subject that isn’t covered enough in chuldren’s stories. I’m glad to see it represented here.
This is a great middle grade story for young readers.