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.
This novel had a bit of a slower start than I had expected and also addressed issues I didn't expect. There were some rich cultural references to Hispanic (specifically Mexican) and it also dealt with the death in an interesting way, both with the "ghosts" in the town and also Maya's plight with cystic fibrosis. I think there were many "hints" in as to what will happen to Maya but I did like that, while they dealt with Cat's feelings on the issue, they didn't expressly state what happens to Maya in the book.
I recommend this novel, though I would make sure your child is ready for the issues it deals with in the storyline. I would also encourage readers (or their parents) to stick it out, it does get going after a slow start. And for those middle grade parents who are reading this: There is no swearing, sexual content, or substance use.
Book in a Pinch
Lovely, cultural rich book that deals with teen issues of death, displacement, and emotional growth.
Go Into This One Knowing
It's a little slow to start but it's worth the read. While it deals with important issues it does not contain anything inappropriate for a 10-12yo.
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