May 2019, Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster, 228 pp
National Book Award winner William Alexander conjures up a spooky adventure full of excitement in this entertaining sequel to A Properly Unhaunted Place, which was a New York Times Editors’ Choice.
Rosa Diaz has her hands full of hauntings. She saved the town of Ingot by unleashing all the ghosts who were previously banished. Now, like the rest of the world, Ingot is filled with spirits and poltergeists. Unlike the rest of the world, the town’s living residents have no idea how to cope, and some of the ghosts are holding century-old grudges.
When something supernatural starts stealing kids’ voices at her school, Rosa is charged with solving the voice-snatching mystery. It doesn’t help that many of her classmates still blame her for releasing all of the ghosts in the first place. Rosa also suspects that she may be haunted herself.
Meanwhile, her best friend Jasper deals with the wreckage of the Renaissance Festival, his family’s former pride and joy. Ghosts from the town are clashing with ghosts from the festival, and the fairgrounds are closed to all. Is it possible to appease every kind of haunting?
SHELF AWARENESS – “A Festival of Ghosts, Alexander’s follow up to A Properly Unhaunted Place, is as strong as the first”