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Willa of Dark Hollow: Willa of the Wood, Book 2

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Intense, exciting companion to environmental fantasy.

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This companion book keeps the emotion and intensity of the first book going strong. Willa of Dark Hollow, like Willa of the Wood, is an absorbing combination of page-turning action and heartfelt emotion. It's intended as a standalone companion book, but it's got all the earmarks of a sequel, picking up with the same characters about a year after the events in the first book. While the story can stand on its own, the characters may not seem as well developed to readers who start with this one.

Big kids and tweens will relate to Willa as she learns how the choices she makes and their consequences are guided by past choices, and how they'll affect the future, too. Lots of strong environmental themes about how everything and everyone in our world are connected, and need to be kept in balance. Best for readers who can handle intense but non-gory violence and spooky atmospheres. Keep a tissue handy at the end.

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