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Paola Santiago and the Forest of Nightmares: Paola Santiago, Book 2

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Second spooky fantasy keeps chills and thrills coming.

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This exciting fantasy series keeps the chills and thrills from River of Tears going strong with a smart, science-minded Latina as the main character. It stands on its own pretty well, but reading the books in order will bring a deeper understanding of the characters and the impact of the events in Paola Santiago and the Forest of Nightmares. Paola's now in seventh grade, and big kids and tweens will relate to her confusion and frustration over changing friendships, and the way her mother's changing, too. They'll also admire her courage and determination to make things right.

The action, spooky atmospheres, and spine-tingling fantasy-folklore creatures are all back in full force, along with many familiar characters from the first book. Characters deal with important issues facing society and provide food for thought without getting in the way of the story. Nightmarish fantasy creatures and themes of being separated from parents make it best for big kids and up.

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