High school is hard enough without ghosts following you around
I love graphic novels like this. The main character, Maggie, is an excellent protagonist. She's starting high school after being homeschooled and is nervous about fitting in. She's independent and smart and a bit of a wreck because her mom just took off. Her dad is the Chief of Police and she's a little self-conscious about that. And, oh yeah, she can see ghosts.
The story is set in what is described as a small city on the East Coast. It seems kind of big and cool, though. There are museums and fancy vintage movie theatres and old cemeteries to hang out in. The kids are very modern-looking and Maggie makes friends with some complex Goth kids.
There's a bit of a Scooby-Doo caper and the author perfectly captures the awkward, angst-y feeling of high school. I was left wanting more, which is not a bad thing, and I really dig Faith Erin Hicks as an artist. Luckily, her other work is also available in LINKcat:
Brain Camp - Lucas and Jenna are chosen to attend a camp that turns delinquents into high achieving students through nefarious means. Written by Susan Kim and Laurence Klaven. Illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks.
The War at Ellsmere - Jun is a scholarship student at the prestigious Ellsmere girls' boarding school where she must fight mean girls and man-eating unicorns. Written and illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks.
Zombies Calling - University student Joss is in the middle of exams when she is attacked by zombies. Written and illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks.