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by Paula Morris

Welcome back to New Orleans.
Where the streets swirl with jazz and beauty.
Where the houses breathe with ghosts.

A year ago, Rebecca Brown escaped death in a New Orleans cemetery. Now she has returned to this haunting city. She is looking forward to seeing Anton Grey, the boy who may or may not have her heart.

But she also meets a ghost: a troubled


Welcome back to New Orleans.
Where the streets swirl with jazz and beauty.
Where the houses breathe with ghosts.

A year ago, Rebecca Brown escaped death in a New Orleans cemetery. Now she has returned to this haunting city. She is looking forward to seeing Anton Grey, the boy who may or may not have her heart.

But she also meets a ghost: a troubled boy who insists only she can help him. Soon Rebecca finds herself embroiled in another murder mystery from more than a century ago. But as she tries to right wrongs, she finds more questions than answers: Is she putting her friends, and herself, in danger? Can she trust this new ghost? And has she stumbled into something much bigger and more serious than she understands?

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Praise for RUINED:

*"[A] haunting love letter to New Orleans . . . thoroughly embraces the rich history, occult lore and complex issues of race, ethnicity, class and culture." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Fast-paced. . . . [An] atmospheric page-turner." -- Booklist

"Entertaining and unique . . . straddles the line between ghost story and realistic fiction so well." -- VOYA

Children's Literature - Shirley Nelson
In this novel, Morris writes again about New Orleans and Rebecca Brown, who first appeared in Ruined. As in that book, Rebecca travels from her home in New York City with her father on a business trip. Her best friend Ling accompanies them on this Spring Break visit. Rebecca is excited to return to the Southern city, especially since she will be able to see Anton again. However, she also feels fearful as she remembers the last trip when she almost lost her life trying to help the ghost Lisette make peace. This trip proves to be just as exciting as the one before. Rebecca discovers that New Orleans has not changed since her previous departure. The area around the French Quarter is still full of ghosts, and the girls at the prep school she once attended are still cruel and snooty. Rebecca and Ling hang out with Anton and Toby, help clean up one of the neighborhoods damaged by Hurricane Katrina, and plan to attend the Spring Dance. However, once again a ghost named Frank approaches Rebecca for help. In helping him retrieve a locket that may contain a lost Degas painting, the four teens find themselves in grave danger. Once again, Morris provides lovers of paranormal fiction with an atmospheric ghost story. Reviewer: Shirley Nelson
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—In this sequel to Ruined (Scholastic, 2009), Rebecca is back in New York maintaining a long-distance relationship with Anton; hanging out with her best friend, Ling; and trying to put last year's horrors in New Orleans behind her. But the ghosts can't seem to leave her alone. She soon learns that she is the only one who can see Frank, and he begs Rebecca to help him find a lost locket that he hid in the final moments before he was brutally murdered centuries ago. The locket, Frank affirms, is under the floorboards of a house in New Orleans that is scheduled to be demolished. If he cannot recover it and return it to its rightful owners, he will be stuck haunting the city forever. Rebecca is not in a hurry to start helping another ghost, but then her father surprises her with a trip to New Orleans for spring break. Once she returns to the magically haunted city of her past, Rebecca can't resist helping Frank. Love-interest Anton is more concerned about the resurfacing of Toby Sutton, Rebecca's nemesis from last year who is now obsessed with revenge. Morris's tale culminates in a just and satisfying ending, but all in all, there are too many plotlines, too many characters, and too much action. The highlights of Unbroken lie in Morris's descriptions of the city neighborhoods, traditions, and diverse people.—Tara Kehoe, Plainsboro Public Library, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
In this second installment of the Ruined series, New Yorker Rebecca Brown heads back to New Orleans, where new mysteries--and new ghosts--await. Rebecca--sure that her dealings with ghosts had ended with the breaking of the family curse--is hoping for a haunt-free return trip to New Orleans to enjoy spring break with her father and her best friend, Ling. But when a handsome, blue-eyed boy named Frank appears to her, explaining his need to retrieve a locket from an old, abandoned house in Tremé, Rebecca knows she has to help. Since Frank was supposed to be delivering the locket when he was murdered, he must complete the delivery soon or else be trapped in the ghost world forever. Retrieving a locket sounds like an easy task, until Rebecca realizes that there's another ghost, the very one who murdered Frank, plus Rebecca's flesh-and-blood nemesis Toby Sutton, trying to thwart her at every turn. New Orleans is richly evoked, with accurate details, believable local characters and (slightly overdone) dinner-table discussions of gentrification. Rebecca's love interest, Anton, has a regrettably small role; readers may find themselves wishing for more romantic interludes and less unnecessary recapping of the plot, but this is a small quibble. A solid and satisfying paranormal mystery, this offering will please existing fans and may win over some new ones to boot. (postscript) (Paranormal thriller. 12 & up)

Product Details

Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
Ruined Series, #2
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Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)
760L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Paula Morris is the author of RUINED, DARK SOULS, and several award-winning novels for adults in her native New Zealand. She now lives in Scotland with her husband. Please visit her online at www.paula-morris.com.

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Unbroken: A Ruined Novel 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
pagese More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the first book in the series so I was more than willing to put in a request for this one. Ghost stories have always been one of my favorites and I love the setting on New Orleans. One thing I've noticed in this series is that Rebecca often doesn't strike me as a typical teen. I love her focus on humanitarian work. I can't say I've met many real life teens who will spend their spring breaks on clean-ups and house projects. I think in that regard this book sets an excellent example. I also enjoy Rebecca's actions towards being an outsider. She definitely has to overcome some obstacles to even remotely fit in. This is a very exclusive and cliquish group that she finds herself in the middle of. The romantic relationship is definitely very teen. Its really the only that was up to the rest of the story. Anton and Rebecca seem to realize that there's little tying them to a long distance relationship but yet the moment they are together things get chaotic. Jealousy, avoiding the truth, and skirting around the issues are just a slight description of the drama that goes on. However I did like the ghost story. I was never really sure of the truth. I sometimes felt our ghost was holding back and whole lot of the events that led to his death and the reason he needs Rebecca's help. I was right on those accounts, but it wasn't for the reason I was thinking. I liked the tie in to someone famous. I would read another in this series if the author choose to write another one. The characters aren't exhausted out yet and in New Orleans they are plenty of ghosts with a story to tell.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think the first book was really good, and i was actually excited when i heard there was a second book coming  out .But i think unbroken was very cleshe' and predictable. i felt like the author was just using the same ideas as the first book. The book was very dramatic, the smallest grain of sand became mount everest. I did not like the book at all and woud not reccomend it to anyone.I dont feel the author knows enough about teens to write a book where the main character is a teen and the book is written for teens seeing as she didnt get the teen  romance or the idea of fun for a teen right-seeing as she wanted to do community service for her spring break-