Ghosts (by Raina Telgemeier)

Title: Ghosts

Series Identifier: n/a

Format: Comic

Genre:

  • All-Ages

Conversation Topic:

  • Change
  • Cultural representation
  • Death
  • Expectations
  • Family
  • Guilt
  • Making new friends

Relatable Experience:

  • Death
  • Disability
  • Making Others Worry
  • Health (Physical)
  • Guilt
  • Moving

Insights:

  • Cat and Maya have to move to a new town with a whole new culture and climate.
  • Cat’s experience surrounding being the “invisible sibling” who has to give up her wants/needs for her sick sister is a good talking point surrounding being the “good”, “easy”, or “healthy” sibling.
  • The ghosts take Maya’s breath, when breath is so precious to her due to her cystic fibrosis.
  • Cat’s guilt about letting Maya overexert herself, which makes her more sick is a good talking point about guilt.
  • Cat lying about having a little sister so that she has something of her own and she doesn’t have to worry about how her friends see her is a good talking point for social pressures or expectations.
  • Maya’s conversation with Jose about her worries about what will happen to Cat when she dies is a good talking point for kids who are either ill, or worried about death.
  • Maya and Cat connect with their heritage and learn about their family history.

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Link to Content: https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/books/ghosts-by-raina-telgemeier/