It’s time to introduce a new segment to our blog. Periodically, I will be showcasing a spotlight on some of the books in our collection. We’re kicking it off this week with the graphic novel Lola: A Ghost Story, written by J. Torres and illustrated by Elbert Or.
Jesse can see things: dead people, monsters, corpses, and basically anything “normal” people think aren’t real. The only other person who was able to see the things he can was his Lola, which is the Tagalog word for grandmother. Jesse is frightened of his Lola and he’d love nothing more than to never see her again, which is easy for him considering the fact that she lives in the Phillippines and he lives in Canada.
Unfortunately for Jesse, his Lola dies and he and his family return to the Phillippines for the funeral. It is there that Jesse starts to see even more creatures that no one else can see and he starts to notice that something isn’t quite right. It’s up to him to figure out what it is before he and his parents leave for home at the end of the week.
This is a graphic novel, meaning that most of the story is told in words and pictures like comic books are. Because of that, it’s a relatively quick read, but that doesn’t take away anything from the story. The art style is cartoony, but very expressive and fluid. The story is alternately unsettling and heartwarming, especially towards the end of the book when Jesse figures out what the things he sees are trying to tell him. If you like creepy mysteries or ghost stories, this book is for you.
This is one of the books we’re bringing to the high schools. If you’re interested, come and see us, or put in a book request so that we can be sure to have it waiting for you!