I am working towards a Masters degree in Library and Information Science and in one of my classes this term, I came across the name of Raina Telgemeier. I was intrigued to find out that she is one of the biggest selling authors right now . . . and that she does comics . . . for kids. What!?!?! I knew I had to get a hold of some of her work so I read . . .
Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier
This was the first book I came across by her and it quickly sucked me in.
The main character is a teenage girl by the name of Catrina. She is not happy that the family is moving because of her little sister’s illness. She has cystic fibrosis and the cooler climate will help her breathe better. They didn’t expect to find ghosts there though.
This is a great book for children. It has a message about family, the power of belief, and even tackles different cultural beliefs. The ending was a bit of a let down for me. I was expecting more, but it was a good read and something I would definitely add to a classroom library.
Smile by Raina Telgemeier
This is an autobiographical piece about an accident that Raina suffered in high school where she lost some teeth. Something very similar happened to me, of course my injury was on a skateboard, and her’s is a lot more random. And she had a much tougher time of it. There is a sister character in this one as well, which sets up the next book she wrote.
Sisters by Raina Telgemeier
Sisters is another autobiographical tale from Raina that shows how tough it can be to live with a sibling who you don’t quite see eye-to-eye with. And who would want a pet snake? And what happens when it escapes?
It was nice to see some extra pages at the end of the story that showed the creative process and the relationship she now has with her sister.
These titles are worthy of a classroom library and I see how kids enjoy reading her work. She has a couple more titles that I may have to check out later too.
My List of 2018 Reads – A cool place to find out what books I am reading this year