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Rebel Spirits

Rebel Spirits

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by Lois Ruby

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Haunted by history. Bound by mystery.

Lori Chase doesn't know what to think about ghosts. She may have seen a few in the past, but those were just childish imaginings . . . right? Only now that she is living in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, spirits seem to be on everyone's mind. The town is obsessed with its bloody Civil War history, and the old inn that Lori's


Haunted by history. Bound by mystery.

Lori Chase doesn't know what to think about ghosts. She may have seen a few in the past, but those were just childish imaginings . . . right? Only now that she is living in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, spirits seem to be on everyone's mind. The town is obsessed with its bloody Civil War history, and the old inn that Lori's parent run is supposedly haunted by the souls of dead soldiers.

Then Lori meets one such soldier -- the devastatingly handsome Nathaniel Pierce. Nathaniel's soul cannot rest, and he desperately needs Lori's help. Because Nathaniel was not killed in the famous battle. He was murdered. Lori begins to investigate the age-old mystery, stumbling upon shocking clues and secrets.

At the same time, she can't help falling for Nathaniel, just as he is falling for her . . . .

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Danielle Williams
Lori's parents buy an inn in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, but the last thing that she wants to do is move away from her friends and to a small town where she doesn't know anyone. But Lori gets even more than she bargains for when she begins to see spirits throughout the small town. One ghost in particular captures Lori's eye and imagination, and she is soon caught up in the century-old mystery of Nathanial Pierce's murder. While the premise should appeal to fans of history and the supernatural genre, the story falls short of delivery. The American Civil War, and the battle at Gettysburg in particular, appeals tremendously to the romantic sensibilities of history fans, but the author has chosen instead to focus on Lori's teenage angst about falling for a new boy—instead of the fact that the boy she is crushing on is a ghost with a rich history. There were several opportunities for the author to introduce a twist to the plot to make the story more interesting, but instead she chose to continue to elaborate on Lori's teenage angst. The novel is not recommended to anyone interested in paranormal romances or history. Reviewer: Danielle Williams
VOYA - Jane G. Van Wiemokly
Sixteen-year-old Lori Chase has just moved with her hospitality-industry-educated parents to Gettysburg, PA, to manage Coolspring Inn, a nineteenth-century bed-and-breakfast they bought. She does not want to believe in ghosts, but once there, she starts seeing ghosts from the past, in particular one Nathaniel Pierce, who fought in the Civil War and died in Gettysburg, but not of war wounds. He was murdered and asks Lori to investigate and discover who killed him so he can rest in peace. At first spooked by her ghostly visions, she begins to fall for Nathaniel, knowing nothing can come of it. Complicating her research is Evan, the young man who helps care for the inn's grounds, and the strange Drydens, a housekeeper and her husband who do a lot of snooping with an agenda of their own. At times, it feels like too many things are happening. There is the seeing and interacting with ghosts, Lori's possible romance with two teens (one dead, one alive), and a mystery concerning a treasure from the Civil War era with rather obvious suspects. Ruby clearly conveys the history-mad Gettysburg atmosphere and other historical aspects. The quick falling for Nathaniel in only a few days is a bit unbelievable, but that might be said about ghosts as well. It is welcome to read of parents who are present for their child and try to set limits based on a loving relationship, and do what they think is best to protect her. This will appeal to readers who like romance, history, and ghost stories. Reviewer: Jane G. Van Wiemokly
Kirkus Reviews
Fervor for the Civil War never dies; neither can one of its soldiers. When Lori Chase and her hospitality-industry–driven parents move the family from a snazzy Philadelphia hotel to a bed-and-breakfast in Gettysburg, it's not long before the 16-year-old begins seeing a dashing yet melancholy Union soldier (although the book's title implies the opposite) named Nathaniel Pierce. And in just a few days' time, Lori not only agrees to solve the mystery of Nathaniel's death, but falls deeply in love with the soldier. Competing theories, involving treason, a Hatfield-McCoy–type family feud and a missing ring once owned by Abraham Lincoln, as well as numerous historical elements, keep the teen's predictable, first-person, present-tense narration from growing stale. Also driving the tension are Nathaniel's July 3 deadline (or he'll have to wait again until next year's re-enactment of the battle) and the unyielding attention of Evan, the very much alive B&B groundskeeper for the summer, who offers to help with the case. But Lori's not the only one looking for clues. The dubious (and very much stereotypical) elderly housekeeping couple, Old Dryden and his wife, Bertha, lend a Scooby Doo feeling to the story (think of the show's oft-used phrase: "I would have gotten away with it too, if it weren't for you meddling kids"). A squeaky-clean romance for the youngest end of YA or readers who want nothing objectionable when it comes to love stories. (Ghost story. 12 & up)
School Library Journal
Gr 7�9—Sixteen-year-old Lori's parents open a B and B in Gettysburg that has a reputation for being haunted. On one of her first nights at the inn, a Civil War ghost appears in Lori's bedroom. Nathaniel Pierce tells Lori that he did not die of battle wounds; he was murdered. Only she can solve the mystery of who killed him, and she has three days in which to do it. At the same time, she has to figure out who is meddling in the shed at night and why. Lori's task is made all the more difficult because she falls in love with Nathaniel and the teenager hired to mow the grass. The juxtaposition of past and present is the backbone of the story. Lori's modern existence of Skyping and wearing shorts offers a striking comparison to Nathaniel's 1860s' strict social mores and cringe-worthy health care. The integration of the real Gettysburg cemetery, Evergreen, provides a haunting backdrop. The mystery is tangential. At the outset, it is pretty clear who is in the shed at night for reasons foul, and who killed Nathaniel. A few points go unanswered, including why Lori has only three days in which to solve the crime. Give this novel to readers who like mild ghost stories or innocent romances, and who don't mind loose story threads.—Jennifer Prince, Buncombe County Public Libraries, NC

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Scholastic, Inc.
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5.94(w) x 8.32(h) x 1.10(d)
720L (what's this?)
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12 Years

Meet the Author

Lois Ruby is the author of fifteen books for middle-graders and teens, including STEAL AWAY HOME, SKIN DEEP, and THE SECRET OF LAUREL OAKS. She and her husband live in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at the foothills of the awesome Sandia Mountains. Lois explores lots of haunted places, including ghostly locations in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and even a few spooky spots in Australia and Thailand. No spirits have tapped her on the shoulder yet, but she hasn't given up hope. Visit Lois at www.loisruby.com.

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Rebel Spirits 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
hpfan95 More than 1 year ago
I am a fan of paranormal romance, historical romance, historical fiction, and normal romance. I am a huge Civil War history buff.  I also hate giving bad reviews, but in this case I have no choice. This book inaccurately portrays the town of Gettysburg and the Re-enactment.  I say this as a history major, a person who frequently visits the town (and has it practically memorized), and as a Civil War reenactor (who has been to the Gettysburg reenactment, including the 150th).  I was offended at what seemed like the lack of research done on the modern town of Gettysburg,   on the Gettysburg reenactment and on the reenacting community. I can assure anyone who read or is thinking of reading this that during an event no reenactor would EVER go into or consider going into to a private home that they did not own or were not invited into. The title of this book is also very misleading, as a Confederate reenactor and a person with family ties to the south during the war I was excited at the possibility of a romance with a Confederate ghost especially revolving around a battle that resulted in a Union victory and a major turning point in the war in favor of the Union, and again I was sorely disappointed. This book was not worth the money I spent on it and I regret it every time I look at my bookshelf, I can't even fathom donating this book either because I wouldn't want to subject anyone else to the poor quality. This book was ridiculous and could have been so much better. I DO NOT RECOMMEND this book to anyone. It should not have been released at all, let alone during the 150th Anniversary of the war.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book! It contains mystery, history, and romance, all things I love in a book! Such a good read, highly recommended to young readers who enjoy civil war history!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. It is the best book I have ever read. Honestly, I couldn't put it down cause it was so suspenseful with mystery. I am a huge fan of history (especially war) and romance books. I loved the plot twist and I believe I finished the book in less than 24 hours cause I literally couldn't put it down. When I did put it down it kind of killed me inside cause I really wanted to see what happens next. BEST BOOK EVER!!
JocelynOUAT More than 1 year ago
Fantastic book. It kept me up super late because I wanted to know what was going to happen next.
RAGREEN More than 1 year ago
My husband, who is a middle school teacher, brought this home from a book fair for me. You're probably wondering why he would do that, but he's recently discovered my love language is gifts and he's trying. I write ghost stoties and love the American Civil War so this book was right up my alley. Te main character, Lori, is bring uprooted from her home and friends right befor her Senior year. As you'd expect, she's not happy to leave everything to persue her panents' dream of owning a bed and breakfast in Gettysburg PA. Once she reaches the famous city, she discovered her latent ability to see and interact with ghosts. One ghost, Nathanial, a dashing Union soldier, needs her help. He didn't die in the skirmish but was murdered in his tent on the third day of the battle. While trying to solve the mystery of Nathanial's death, Lori discoveres there is something creepy going on in her new home. The investigation leads her down a whirlwind path where she learns the mystery around her house is connected to Nathanial's death. But discovering the answer could cost Lori her life. Overall, I enjoyed this book. I wasn't thrilled by the ending but my vindictive streak must be stronger than the authors. I wanted all the bad guys to pay. I also struggled with the title. I get that Lori and her friends were kind of rebels, but all of the ghosts in the book were from the Union so Rebel Spirirs seemed a little off. Otherwise, I thought it was an excellent and very age appropriat YA historical
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is by far one of the best books I have ever resd! I've had it for less than a year, and I have already read it twice! I am actually reading it again right now. The characters are well developed, and the plot line doesn't drag out like in some books. There are twists in the plot, and that just made me love it more because I don't like books that are too predictable sometimes. It gets boring. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a great story. Lois Ruby is a great author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm reading this right now. I have the book right next to me!! I'm dyidng to know what happens!!! Plus i also like romance books too.~Priscilla
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book!  It has mystery, history, and romance, and, like any really good murder mystery, it had some of those "WOW!  I did NOT see that coming!" moments.  I've had this book for less than a year, and I've already read  it twice.  I got a couple of my friends in on the book as well, and both of them loved it.  This book does NOT disappoint.  I recommend this book for pre-teens and teens.  I couldn't put it down either.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
SYKE One of the best books yet!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was areally good book i would reconmend this book for young teens because it is a rwally good book and if you like romance books rhis would be the book for you it is an amazing book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
SO, although I'm not a super big fan of paranormal romance and all that, I am a sucker for history. And come on, THIS IS THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF GETTYSBURG like this week. Like this story is going on RIGHT NOW. So i started it, read it, and like it a lot more than I thought. Yes, there's a ghost, but there's also a couple of very real 'villains' and a interesting mystery. I realllly liked it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is for readers who love romance histoty and mystory