Author: Raina Telgemeier
The story follows a family moving to a city on the northern coast of California, called Bahía de la Luna. Catrina is the older sister of Maya, she’s shy compared to her sister and afraid of ghosts. Maya is outgoing, but her temperament is dampened by her cystic fibrosis which can be life threatening. Of course, their new home had to be in a city, to the displeasure of Catrina, known for their ghosts. With the day of the dead approaching, will Cat be able to confront her fears, for her, but also for her sister? Are all ghosts bad?
Raina Telgemeier bring us to the cultural importance of the day of the dead for Mexican families. It’s not a day of mourning, but celebration. It’s a day to remember the ones we have lost. It puts the accent more towards good memories and to show respect for our lost ones.
Raina has shown time and time again with her comics that she is excellent at telling stories of everyday life with her beautiful and whimsical illustrations. She has crafted another insightful story about the power of family and friendship. She touches on fear, self-esteem, but also the courage that we can muster, sometimes with help, to do what we thought was impossible. To find out how she does this, you will have to read it for yourself!