Noel, Lance Lee. "The Ghosts of Lone Jack", Spinning Moon Press, 2009.
Feeling the Pain
The American Civil War was one of the most painful periods in American history. In this educational and entertaining book we get a sense of what the men who fought felt and we also get a peek at our heritage and a need to keep the past fulfilled.
Jared Millhouse and his dad went to spend the summer on Jared's grandfather's farm in Lone Jack, Missouri. Jared meets the ghost of a Civil War innkeeper. He soon meets other locals and they find out the truth about the Civil War battle that caused many ghosts to be left behind in Lone Jack.
This is a mysterious story that is filled with facts about the War and is a totally painless way to look at our history. The characters are well developed and the plot is literate and even believable (with the entire ghost element). This is an ideal read for a younger reader but it is also a fun read for an adult.
A popular belief among paranormal researchers is that spirits will often haunt the place where they met an untimely and/or a violent death. Many will supposedly hang around in an attempt to tend to unfinished business. Author Lance Lee Noel utilizes this in "The Ghosts of Lone Jack." While spending the summer at his grandfather's farm, young Jared Millhouse and his friends find themselves face to face with ghosts from one of the bloodiest battles in American Civil War history … more
It is quite pleasing to read a book aimed at youth readership which has a bit of everything in it and is able to hook the reader on the first page. This remarkable story opens as Jared Millhouse, a young lad who spends the summers with his widowed father and grandfather on the family farm in Lone Jack, Missouri, is playing in a very important baseball game. Unfortunately Jared is by far the worse player on the team and as he misses a game winning fly ball hit to his right field position, he encounters … more
This very well written story gives young readers a sense of the anguish that the men who fought at Lone Jack, and so many other battles across the country, felt during this very dark period in our nation's history. But more importantly, it gives young readers a glimpse into their heritage and will hopefully instill in them the need to preserve our past. -- --Alinda M. Miller, President, Lone Jack Historical Society; Site Administrator, Lone Jack Civil War Battlefield, Soldier s Cemetery and Museum