A Festival of Ghosts

272p. S. & S./Margaret K. McElderry Bks. Aug. 2018. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781481469180.
Gr 4–6—Rosa Diaz might have saved her town by unleashing ghosts in A Properly Unhaunted Place, but now she has to deal with poltergeists. As an appeasement specialist, Rosa has been in some challenging supernatural situations, but attending school may prove to be the trickiest yet. Luckily, her friend Jasper is around to help. At first, they investigate fairly mild cases such as chalkboards that won't erase. But things take a serious turn as children begin to lose their voices. Jasper's parents have always organized the Renaissance Festival in their town, and now it's threatened by ghosts and scarecrow armies that seem to be in an endless battle. This supernatural novel is filled with spooky elements, but always includes a bit of humor. Witty dialogue and interesting characters make this second installment an engaging pick, though readers should start with the first book.
VERDICT Readers looking to continue with the adventures of Rosa and Jasper will be delighted with new supernatural dilemmas and dark twists. Purchase where the first book is popular.

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