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The Revenant Hardcover – June 14, 2011

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"Gensler makes a solid debut with an eerie and suspenseful work of historical fiction in which everyone is a murder suspect. In the summer of 1896, 17-year-old Willie heads west from Tennessee when she discovers that her mother wants her to return home from school to a life of household drudgery. Willie steals her classmate's identity and accepts a position as an English teacher at the Cherokee Female Seminary in "Indian Territory," teaching girls no younger than she. The school is the opposite of what she expects: elite, challenging, and allegedly haunted by the spirit of a girl who drowned one year earlier. Willie immediately has her hands full dealing with the snobbish Bell cousins and an unforgiving principal, hiding her past (and her crush on a student), and deciphering the ghost's increasingly violent actions. The layers of detail address the complex social structure of the period, and Gensler's characters and dialogue are believably crafted. Readers should be drawn in by the mystery and moved by Willie's struggles to fit in and negotiate her independence."
- Publishers Weekly

"When Willie is summoned from boarding school to help at home in 1896, she instead runs away to Indian Territory, assuming the identity and teaching post of a girl who is about to reject the job. Though Willie has not completed her own schooling, she knows that her experience will be ample for teaching at the Cherokee Female Seminary. But she finds that the students are much more cultured and educated than she expected, frequently outpacing her both socially and intellectually and challenging her teaching and interpersonal skills. Also testing her resolve are mysterious noises and sights, purportedly caused by the ghost of a lovelorn student who drowned and seems to be seeking justice—or revenge. This first novel effectively covers a good deal of ground: race and class issues, history, and a compelling ghost and love story are all entwined as plot points are teased out a bit at a time. The uncommon setting and time period add to the appeal, and an author’s note details the factual basis for the characters, issues, and story."
- Booklist

"This debut presents an intriguing look at a little-known piece of American history . . . the well-drawn characters and suspenseful plot should keep readers fully engaged."
- Kirkus Reviews

"Stunningly taut and entirely compelling, this blend of historical fiction, supernatural mystery, and romance will please fans of Jennifer Donnelly and Saundra Mitchell . . . Willie is a headstrong but tremendously flawed protagonist, and her status as both a hero and a liar, even at the close of the book, will make for some interesting discussion."
- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

About the Author

SONIA GENSLER grew up in a small Tennessee town and spent her early adulthood collecting impractical degrees from various Midwestern universities. A former high school English teacher, she now writes full-time in Oklahoma. The Revenant is her first novel.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (June 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375867015
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375867019
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,088,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sonia Gensler grew up in a small Tennessee town and spent her early adulthood collecting impractical degrees from various Midwestern universities. A former high school English teacher, she now writes full time in Oklahoma and spends summers in England.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Power TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 15, 2011
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The Reveant by Sonya Gensler takes place at a female seminary in Talequah, Oklahoma before statehood. Willie has stolen her roommates identity and teaching certificate and her job opportunity teaching girls at the seminary to avoid moving home to help her mother with the farm. When she arrives she finds things are not as she expected, the girls are more educated and her room holds a secret. It's former occupant died in an accident the prior year and many think it's haunted. Willie must keep her identity secret and figure out how to be respected by her students while unraveling the mystery.

This is a very interesting historical paranormal. The setting and time period is interesting and the author researched her background well. Hearing Willie talk about herself (at 17) as an eternal spinster and being reprimanded for stepping out of the room with a boy is a stark contrast to how girls can act today. The mystery surrounding the spirit is interesting and doesn't cause the author to make any huge jumps to imagine that it was true. There was a bit of a romance that was sweet and approached in a fairly historically accurate manner. The bits of poetry and Willie's love of literature are a nice addition to the story. I was constantly engaged while reading and finished the book quickly.

Appropriateness: The author went to pains to make the book historically accurate so there is no adult content and the romance is limited to glances and a few clandestine kisses. Willie is seventeen and living and working as a teacher in a society that views her as an adult making this a good read for older teens. I would recommend this book to teens 14 + with it being fully appropriate for younger readers of any age that were interested in the plot.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. K. Messner on June 21, 2011
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I finished reading Sonia Gensler's THE REVENANT last night and closed it with a sigh. You know the feeling of finishing a book that's just so good you worry that you won't find another one you love as much for a long time? It's one of those books, and while I couldn't put it down to make it last longer, I was so sad to be finished.

THE REVENANT is a delicious blend of historical fiction, mystery, and ghost story set at a Cherokee boarding school near the turn of the century. When 17-year-old Willemina Hammond arrives to take a teaching position, it's under false pretenses, but her phony identity soon becomes the least of her concerns when she's assigned to the bedroom of a former student who might have been murdered. The students are convinced her ghost haunts the school, and it seems to be growing ever more violent. As she struggles to carry out her role as teacher and gain the respect of her students, Willie is pulled deeper and deeper into the mystery until her very life is at stake.

There is so much to love in this story - characters who are complex and multi-faceted, especially the main character, Willie, who is at once strong, spirited, and flawed. Her coming-of-age through the trials of this ghost story/mystery is believable and poignant, and at the same time, the story sacrifices nothing in terms of its harrowing plot. I was turning pages as fast as I could at one point, then found myself going back to appreciate the gorgeous prose once I'd found out what happened.

The writing in this book reminds me of the very best of Jennifer Donnelly's work - stunning and seemingly effortless. In fact, I was bewildered when my cell phone rang while I was reading yesterday.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Block on June 28, 2011
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A terrific book with excellent prose, a historically rich and realistic late-19th century American setting, a flawed but likeable protagonist who grows thru her experiences, and a well woven romance/mystery plot. Highly recommended for adults as well as young adults!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kim Murphy on May 7, 2012
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I thoroughly enjoyed the story on a historical level, but as a ghost story it was average. The ghostly happenings didn't go overboard, so they certainly were believable, but I guessed who the bad guy was very early on.

I commend the author for writing about "Indians" in a non-stereotypical manner. Few people know the little slice of history that she chose, but the descriptions were rather generic. It could have been any female boarding school during the era. I never truly felt that it was a Cherokee boarding school. There were sprinklings here and there of "full bloods" vs. "mixed bloods", but besides Eli Sevenstar, none of the characters came across as Cherokee.

In one scene, Eli claimed the stereotypical portrayal of plains tribes did not represent the Cherokee. I was pleased to see it, yet I never got any sense of the true heart of the Cherokee. The setting was about 60 years after the Trail of Tears, but the only mention was a character whose family hadn't been "forced" to Indian Territory.

Most of the Indian boarding schools weren't as benevolent as the portrayal in The Revenant. I would have really loved to find out more as to why that wasn't the case here. Overall, it was a fun read for seeing what went on at female boarding schools during the late 19th century.
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