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Fantasmas (Ghosts)
Contributor(s): Telgemeier, Raina (Author), Telgemeier, Raina (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 1338133683     ISBN-13: 9781338133684
Publisher: Scholastic en Espanol
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Language: Spanish
Published: January 2017

From Raina Telgemeier, the #1 New York Times bestselling, multiple Eisner Award-winning author of Smile, Drama, and Sisters!

Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Comics & Graphic Novels - General
- Juvenile Fiction | Family - General (see Also Headings Under Social Themes)
Dewey: FIC
Age Level: 8-12
Grade Level: 3-7
Lexile Measure: 680 GN (Graphic Novel)
Physical Information: 0.9" H x 5.5" W x 7.9" (1.00 lbs) 256 pages
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Contributor Bio(s):
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 and Ghosts, and is the adapter and illustrator of four Baby-sitters Club graphic novels. Raina lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. To learn more, visit her online at goRaina.com.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2016 #5)
Telgemeier presents modern magical realism in a graphic novel format. Almost-sixth-grader Catrina and her family move north from sunny Southern California to the foggy (fictional) town of Bahia de la Luna -- in part to make breathing easier for Cat's little sister Maya, who has cystic fibrosis. The sisters meet their ghost-obsessed neighbor Carlos, who teaches them about the town's traditions (the townspeople are serious about Dia de los Muertos and all things supernatural) and sparks a renewed interest in the kids' Mexican roots, especially their deceased abuela. When the girls meet ghosts face to face, the results are scary both physically and psychologically, with Maya's health declining and Cat's anxieties escalating. At the town's otherworldly (and theologically fuzzy) Day of the Dead celebration, the sisters get a chance to focus on the moment. The plot is paced steadily, building to moments of high emotion, often seen in enlarged panels or full-page illustrations. A muted color palette reflects the foggy, misty setting. Ghosts appear bed sheet–like from afar, but at close range resemble human skeletons with smiling faces, making them more approachable and even comforting than frightening. From sisterly squabbles to tween crushes, the characters' interactions feel genuine, with plenty of relatable dialogue and interests (e.g., gaming, texting, and pumpkin spice cosmetics). Notes on cystic fibrosis and Dia de los Muertos (but nothing about the cultural liberties taken) are appended. elisa gall September/October 2016 p 120

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 March)

Gr 4–8—A Spanish translation of Telgemeier's Ghosts. Catrina, or Cat for short, comes from a multicultural family—she has a white father and a Mexican mother. Cat reluctantly moves with her family to Northern California for the health of her younger sister, Maya, who has cystic fibrosis. In their new town of Bahía de la Luna, the sisters meet Carlos, a neighbor kid who tries to convince them that ghosts exist. Cat is skeptical, but Maya is a believer. When Carlos takes the girls to an old mission, Cat accepts the possibility that the spirits of one's ancestors can, in fact, communicate with the living. Everything culminates at the Day of the Dead festivities, during which Cat learns beyond a doubt that Carlos was right about the ghosts all along. Lombana has done an outstanding work in translating the original English text into Spanish. Spanish speakers will find this an accessible and faithful adaptation of the original and should appreciate the colorful art. The dark side of California's mission's history is overlooked. Pair with Duncan Tonatiuh's Funny Bones for a wider perspective of Day of the Dead. VERDICT A thoughtfully designed, well-translated version of the popular graphic novel.—Tim Wadham, Children's Literature Consultant, Puyallup, WA

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2016 June)

Gr 4–8—Catrina and her family have just moved to Northern California. Bahía de la Luna is different from Cat's hometown—for one thing, everyone is obsessed with ghosts—but the sea air makes it easier for Cat's younger sister, Maya, who has cystic fibrosis (CF), to breathe. Carlos, a new friend and neighbor, introduces the girls to a different perspective on the spiritual world. Ghosts, he says, aren't frightening; they're the spirits of loved ones. Cat has her doubts—especially after a ghostly encounter puts Maya in the hospital—but as Day of the Dead celebrations draw closer, she starts to reconsider. Readers will relate to these realistically flawed characters. Maya is frank about her illness and optimistic despite her awareness that her prognosis is poor, while Cat struggles, feeling intensely protective of her sister, anxious about her illness, and resentful about the limitations that Maya's condition places upon the whole family. Themes such as the sibling bond, death, and culture are expertly woven throughout. As Cat comes to terms with the existence of ghosts, she also navigates her background (her father is white, while her mother is Mexican). Telgemeier employs the cheerful cartoon artwork that fans of Smile, Drama, and Sisters know and love, but her palette is more muted in places, fitting the book's somewhat serious and somber themes. VERDICT A can't-miss addition to middle grade graphic novel shelves; hand to fans of the author and newcomers alike.—Mahnaz Dar, School Library Journal

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