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Restless : a ghost's story
Wallace, Rich.
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Publication Information:
New York : Viking, 2003.
Physical Description:
167 pages ; 22 cm
Frank, a teenaged ghost who has not been able to move on to a higher realm in the afterlife, tries to connect with his younger brother Herbie, a high school senior who was eight years old when Frank died.
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Accelerated Reader AR UG 4.4 4.0 74174.
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Renowned for being one of the few writers who can hit the mark with teenage boys, Rich Wallace takes the sports novel and pushes it into thought-provoking new territory.

Seventeen-year-old Herbie takes life as it comes-his small town in eastern Pennsylvania, his divorced parents, his football and cross-country coaches who can't quite understand why he would want to go out for both sports simultaneously. Not many people do understand the kid that's under the wisecracking, laid-back exterior. But his older brother does. The only thing is, his brother's dead.

Here's a ghost story as real and exhilarating as they come.

"Rich Wallace vaults into the first string with Bruce Brooks and Chris Crutcher."-Robert Lipsyte, author of The Contender

Author Notes

Rich Wallace was born on January 29, 1957 in Hackensack, New Jersey. He began writing as a first grader but academics were not his strong suit and he did not read much beyond what was required for his classes. As a teen-ager he was mostly interested on sports, especially track and cross country. In high school He started writing often and working on his school newspaper. He continued his writing as he attended Montclair State College. He took creative writing classes, including one that required him to write a novel, one chapter a week. He also interned at the Passaic Herald-News where he was later offered a paid reporting job. After graduating Montclair State in 1980 with a bachelor of arts degree, Rich Wallace went to work for several N.J. newspapers as a sports reporter and news editor and continually reworking that first novel he started in creative writing class. In 1988 he started working for Highlights for Children as a copy editor. He has since become senior editor at the magazine and publishing well written stories has become his passion. Then in 1996 after several rewrites his first novel Wrestling Sturbridge was published. He continued writing with novels such as Shots on Goal, Riding Time and Playing Without the Ball - all with sports related themes. He also penned a series called Winning Season with titles such as The Roar of the Crowd, Technical Foul, Fast Company and Double Fake. Wallace has said he has one goal for his writing - to offer an honest representation of how adolescent boys struggle to find their identity.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 8-12. Like Wallace's popular Wrestling Sturbridge (1996), and his recent story collection, Losing Is Not an Option BKL Ag 03, this novel is also set in Sturbridge, Pennsylvania, but this time the sports action blends with a poignant ghost story. Seventeen-year-old Herbie is a great athlete, successfully managing both cross-country and football. During a run through the town cemetery, he becomes aware of a ghostly presence. The silent ghost he encounters is Eamon Connolly, a distant relative, who died in 1888 and has not been able to leave his earthly remains. But there's another, similarly "stuck" ghost in the cemetery--Herbie's older brother, Frank, who died at 17 and clings to his little brother for vicarious youthful experiences. Sports, family loyalty, and questions of spirituality and the afterlife meld well in this affecting tale, which will attract, and perhaps surprise, Wallace's many fans. --Debbie Carton Copyright 2003 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-Herbie, 17, has taken on a lot in the last few weeks of summer. He has decided that he's going to participate in two sports in the fall, football and cross-country. He is out late one night running through a graveyard when he senses someone following him. This feeling stays with him for the rest of his run and makes him more than a little uneasy but also a little intrigued. He begins to make this route a routine, and each time the presence becomes more intense. One evening, a ghost of a young man materializes out of thin air and touches him. Afterward, Herbie begins to sense and, on occasion, see other spirits, including that of his older brother, Frank, who has been dead for 10 years. Herbie, Frank, and the ghost of Eamon, the original spirit he encountered, are intertwined in a search for an understanding of one another's experiences in life and in death and how to move on from them. This story is a bit tricky to follow. The narrator is revealed, eventually, as the spirit of Frank but his first-person account seems to complicate the telling. The jumps among the three story lines can be abrupt but shouldn't be a problem for fans of ghost or fantasy stories. Herbie is a smart, likable, and compassionate protagonist. Otherworldly encounters are popular with teens, and this one should appeal to thoughtful readers who won't be overwhelmed by the complexity of the plot or the sophistication of the writing.-Donna M. Knott, The Lovett School, Atlanta (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.