RESTLESS by Rich Wallace

RESTLESS

A Ghost’s Story
Age Range: 14 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

Ghosts aren’t the only restless spirits in an intriguing, poignant narrative told by an athlete’s dead brother. Taunted by his rotten soccer coach, Herbie joins both football and cross-country. The workload is intense—he wants to make varsity on both teams. But the exhausting routine doesn’t keep Herbie from nightly visits to the cemetery. Herbie’s seen a ghost—though not, he correctly guesses, the ghost of his brother Frank. Frank is watching over Herbie as long as he’s stuck here, tied to Earth—in a wonderful fleshy detail—by frustration at his now-permanent virginity. Herbie’s need to contact Frank is as consuming as his drive to succeed as an athlete. Frank’s restless needs are harder to fulfill, but a clever twist brings him the completion he needs. Once again, Wallace has permeated his town of Sturbridge with the sweat and grit of athleticism, while creating much more than just a sports story. Physical and philosophical: one of Wallace’s best. (Fiction. YA)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-670-03605-6
Page count: 176pp
Publisher: Viking
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 2003




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