Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier may not offer big scares, but it has big heart

Raina Telgemeier, famous for her graphic novels Smile, Sisters, and Drama, dips into the supernatural with her new comic, Ghosts.

Matthew Hicks, Critic

From Raina Telgemeier, author of Smile, Sisters, and Baby-Sitters Club graphic novels, comes a brand new graphic novel– a story to give you some light-hearted chills: Ghosts.

Ghosts is a fantasy graphic novel by Raina Telgemeier. While I am unfamiliar with her books, she has also written and drawn the Smile, Romance, and Baby-Sitters Club graphic novels. Her works in both art and writing have been highly praised, and to be completely honest, after reading this book, I can see why.

The story is told from the perspective of a teenage girl named Cat who just moved to northern California to get better medical help for her little sister Emma. Emma has Cystic Fibrosis, a disease that affects breathing and digestion, so she has to be careful not to exert herself or she could suffocate. While in the new town, the girls go exploring and come across a strange boy. The boy talks about the town being filled with ghosts and that the ghosts live with the people

When they continually meet the boy in town, he takes them to an old mission church where ghosts from the town’s past tend to gather. There, they meet ghosts who act friendly enough when you give them what they want, but when a small accident causes a disaster, the ghosts get angry.

The story is very heartfelt with a girl coming to terms with her worst fears and protecting all she loves. It may not be the most pulse-pounding action ever, but it leaves the reader on edge all the time, waiting for something to happen. The book itself is a light read and has a pretty bright mood most of the time.

Honestly, graphic novels are not my favorite type of media, but the art style is pretty appealing and the story shows the beauty of family. Overall though the book is a solid 7 out of 10 with beautiful art style and an overall good story.