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The Revenant by Sonia Gensler
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Jan 18, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: young-adult-literature, runaways, teachers, schools, american-indians, cherokee-indians, ghosts, secrets, boarding-schools
Read in January, 2012

Interesting premises on this book: girl murdered by drowning haunts Cherokee National Female Seminary in the mid-19th century.

Wilhelmina Hammond is summoned home from school to help tend the family farm. Resentful of the summons, "Willie" assumes a classmates identity and takes off for Indian Territory (Oklahoma) to be a teacher at the Cherokee National Female Seminary. She immediately begins to have problems with a trio of cousins who are too big for their britches. On top of dealing with difficult students, there are rumors of a ghost that is haunting the building. When strange things begin happening throughout the building, Willie begins to wonder.

So, I have quite a few issues with this book:

1) The author gives away the ending far too quickly.

2) The climax of the book is much too early in the book.

3) This author obviously has a love affair with The Anne of Green Gables series because there are far too many similarities to ignore. For example, the repeated use of "kindred spirits," the difficulties with a girls-only classroom, problems with several students from one family, putting on a play, having the same love of literature and the theater, a kinship with one particular student who is often picked on by others...

I kept finding myself wanting to tell this author to find her own story and write it.
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Courtney Did you also catch the strong resemblence to Donnelly's A NORTHERN LIGHT and the movie WHAT LIES BENEATH (2000)? I totally agree with your last sentence.

Melanie I did! It drove me crazy!

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