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Telgemeier, Raina.
New York : Graphix, 2016
IL 3-6, RL 2.6

(4 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

Catrina doesn't want to move to a new town.  Away from her home, her friends, her school.  But she is trying to be brave.  They are moving for her sister.  Maya has cystic fibrosis which makes it hard for her to breathe.  The air in the new town is supposedly better for her lungs so Cat will do all she can to make the move work. But when they arrive in Bahia de la Luna, all the people want to do is talk about all the ghosts that are in the town.  The last thing Cat wants to think about is ghosts and death.  She doesn't want to lose her little sister.  When her sister has a setback after encountering ghosts and lands in the hospital, Cat wants to protect her. Will she be able to do that?

Booktalk #2

This is a fast paced interesting graphic novel about Catrina and Maya moving with their parents to a better climate for Maya, who has Cystic Fibrosis. When the girls go exploring their new town, they meet Carlos and learn their town Bahia de la Luna, is a hot spot for ghosts. They even have celebration on November 1st, called the Day of the Dead to honor their loved ones who are no longer with them. Catrina is very skeptical and a little afraid of the concept and does not want to believe the ghosts are real. As the Day of the Dead approaches, preparations are being made and Catrina decides to join in the festivities. What will happen on that night? Will Catrina be reunited with her own ancestor? Enjoy reading Ghosts and find out! (Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award 2017-2018)

Booktalk #3

Catrina’s family is moving to northern California, hoping the cool sea air will make it easier for her little sister Maya to breathe, despite her cystic fibrosis. Moving is never easy. Leaving friends and favorite things behind, while having to navigate an entirely new place can be daunting- frightening even. For Catrina, her new home in Bahia de la Luna is even more so. On their first day in town, the sisters meet Carlos, a neighbor boy who explains that their new town is full of GHOSTS. He explains they’re not scary, but actually the spirits of lost loved ones, returning to visit. Maya is thrilled and insists on learning more, but Catrina is freaked out. When an encounter with an honest-to-god ghost puts Maya in the hospital, Catrina refuses to hear any more about them, or from Carlos. But Dia de los Muertos is approaching, and Maya’s prognosis isn’t improving. Catrina can no longer ignore her fears, and must learn to face them, both otherworldly and right at home. (New Hampshire Great Stone Face Award nominee, 2018)

Booktalk #4

Catrina and her family have moved to the coast of Northern California for the sake of her little sister, Maya, who has cystic fibrosis. Cat is even less happy about the move when she is told that her new town is inhabited by ghosts and Maya sets her heart on meeting one. (New Hampshire Isinglass Read Award 2017-2018)

SUBJECTS:    California, Northern -- Fiction.
                        Cystic fibrosis -- Fiction.
                        Family life -- California,
                        Northern -- Fiction.
                        Ghosts -- Fiction.
                        Graphic novels.
                        Moving, Household -- Fiction.
                        Paranormal comics.
                        Sisters -- Fiction.

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