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|Festival of ghosts|
Author: Alexander, William
When Jasper and Rosa are assigned to appease the many ghosts haunting the school in Ingot, they meet powerful new spirit friends and a surprising enemy.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 4.50
Points: 6.0 Quiz: 500015
Kirkus Reviews (06/15/18)
School Library Journal (06/01/18)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 05/15/2018 There are some wonderful touches in Alexander’s follow-up to A Properly Unhaunted Place (2017), and Rosa Díaz, an assistant librarian who appeases ghosts, is back with her sidekick-friend Jasper to solve a ghostly mystery. Ingot, the once-unhaunted town, is full of problems having to do with a mine, a tainted well, and a schoolteacher who looks a lot like Rosa’s dead father. When Rosa and Jasper’s classmates begin to lose the ability to speak after drinking from a school water fountain, the past and present collide. Meanwhile, the fairgrounds—home to Jasper’s parents’ Renaissance festival—have been taken over by warring spiritual factions representing different time periods of town history. Throw in secrets Rosa’s mom is keeping and the plots thicken. Is that fatherly doppelgänger teacher actually something more sinister? Will Rosa and Jasper be able to puzzle out what connects all the ghostly action? Fans of the National Book Award–winning Alexander’s intricately plotted adventures will definitely want to find out. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 06/01/2018 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.—Katie Llera, Bound Brook High School, NJ - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.