I found this adorable graphic novel via Net Galley and I’m so glad I requested it. It’s about Marjorie Glatt, a middle grade student whose mom passed away and whose dad is not available because of grief.
This is a pretty short novel, it’s about grief and the value of friendships during this time of crisis. Her life is definitely not the greatest, she doesn’t have any friends, she’s always so glum because she misses her mom and a business man named Mr. Staubacker keeps on pestering them to leave their laundromat so he could put up his own business there.
Then there’s this ghost, Wendell, who is also having trouble acclimatizing to the Ghost Land and the fact that he is one. He misses having friends, he has trouble getting on with the other kids from his world so he decides to basically jump ship to the land of the living.
Friendship ensues. Mr. Staubacker is super annoying that I honestly wanted him to just die and turn into a ghost himself. Wendell is super adorable and the whole other world with ghosts in their sheets is another interesting aspect of this book.
It can get sad sometimes but I can safely say that this ends on a happy note. I loved the artwork and the color palette especially, I’m such a stinker for pastel colors. This reminds me of how hard it was to be a teenager. I haven’t experienced the loss of a parent yet but I know how even school life can be a hard thing to deal with at this age so I feel for Marjorie.
Adults can also be mean. Like, super mean and insensitive towards other people much less younger ones. The story is obviously not real but the reflection of how humanity is, is true.
I absolutely loved this book! I highly, highly suggest you to read it if you have access to it, as it is a heartwarming story about loss, grief and resilience.
Do you love reading graphic novels? What are some of your favourite ones? Comment down below, let’s chat!
Lots of love,