Raina Telgemeier has written and illustrated a beautiful and powerful coming-of-age story. Catrina and her family are moving to the foggy coast of Northern California because her sister, Maya, has cystic fibrosis. Moving is tough, but she understands that the cold, clean air is what's best for her sister. When a new neighbor tells the girls about the ghosts of Bahía de la Luna, Maya becomes determined to meet one. Readers who loved Wonder won't be able to put Ghosts down, and might find themselves wiping away a tear or two at the end.
Heidi Heilig does a brilliant job of weaving myth with history as she tells the story of Nixie Song, a young woman living aboard the pirate ship Temptation with her charming, opiate addicted father and his ragtag crew - a former monk, a warrior woman and her ghost-wife, and a Persian thief, wise beyond his years, plucked from the world of One Thousand and One Nights. Together they navigate the ship, sailing from modern day New York, to the distant shores of Hawaii during the nineteenth century, to lands that exist only in fairy tales. With Heilig's fluid prose and clever dialogue, I felt as though I had been transported through time.
Told through a series of redacted documents, interviews, IMs, schematics, military reports, and surveillance reports, Illuminae starts with a bang (literally) and never slows down.