Adorable graphic novel recommended for middle grade readers about family, moving, and thinking about death (or life!) in a new way. The characters are believable and sweet, so it's easy to like then and learn about topics like chronic illness (in this case Cystic Fibrosis) and cultural heritage (Dia de Los Muertos) with them!
More recommended books for Dia de Los Muertos and Latina characters:
El Libro de la Vida (The Book of Life Movie Novelization) by Stacia Deutsch --available in Spanish----podemos ordeñar en español--
Uncle Monarch and the Day of the Dead by Judy Goldman and Rene Moreno
Esperanza Rising by Pam Ryan Muñoz--available in Spanish----podemos ordeñar en español--
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 Bahia 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 Bahia 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.
Raina Telgemeier has masterfully created a moving and insightful story about the power of family and friendship, and how it gives us the courage to do what we never thought possible.
About the Author
Raina Telgemeier is the #1 New York Times bestselling, multiple Eisner Award-winning creator of Smile and Sisters, which are both graphic memoirs based on her childhood. She is also the creator of Drama, which was named a Stonewall Honor Book and was selected for YALSA's Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens. Raina lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. To learn more, visit her online at www.goRaina.com.