Last in a Long Line of Rebels is the debut middle grade novel from author Lisa Lewis Tyre. It’s a wonderful story that alternates between a present day small community of people to the past and the Civil War.
Lou is a sassy twelve year old who is beyond spunky. She lives in the oldest house in a small town in Tennessee and she’s a junkman’s daughter. While she loves her family she wishes that the summer holidays could be more exciting for her and her friends like it is for the more privileged kids at school. This leads her to saying a few prayers over the family bible but later when she overhears her parents talking about losing their family home she can’t imagine why God would consider that exciting. It does however set her and her friends on an adventure to remember.
First and foremost there is no way Lou is going to let her family lose their home so she starts to come up with ways that she might be able to save it. There’s the possibility of it being a historic landmark or there is the rumor of gold that went missing years ago. As Lou delves into the past she learns some things about her ancestors that trouble her like the fact that they were slave owners, thieves, and abolitionists. Lou learns many important lessons in her quest to save her family home.
I really enjoyed this book. I listened to it on audio and it was great. It’s narrated by Dorothy Dillingham Blue who I’ve not listened to before but certainly would again. She brought such authenticity to the voice of Lou and I just loved it. The novel itself alternates from the present day Lou to the Civil War Louise that Lou is actually named after. I think this is a wonderful novel for middle grade readers. They will gain an appreciation for history while being engaged in a wonderful story full of memorable characters. Highly recommended!
Source: Digital review copy received from the publisher for an honest review. Audiobook personal copy. No compensation was received.