by Raina Telgemeier
Rating: 5/5 Stars
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 Bahía 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 Bahía 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.
Kitty & I read this together, she loved that the book had a character she could relate to. While she was only 6 at the time of reading it, she already was aware of the truths of Cystic Fibrosis so she wasn’t overwhelmed by the theme of this story.
I loved the mix of culture and disease, with the over all message of “take a breath” coming through so strong. I felt that the aspects of CF throughout the book were factual and it was clear the author did research on the disease before writing it. This book would make a great introductory conversation for anyone wanting to have the talk with a person newly introduced to the disease, or a child living with it.
The characters are well developed and grow through out the book, I love the real life aspects of friendship, and discovering new cultures that this book provides.