Sweet Sixteener Jennie K. Brown recently spoke to Fearless Fifteener Lisa Lewis Tyre about her debut contemporary middle grade novel, LAST IN A LONG LINE OF REBELS (September 29, 2015 from Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin).
About the Author:
Lisa Tyre grew up in a small town in Tennessee where the only form of entertainment was watching her crazy family, and even crazier neighbors. She figured out early on that not every child had a pet skunk, a dad that ran a bar in the front yard, or a neighbor that was so large his house had to be torn down to get him out. What else could she do but write? Currently living in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, daughter, and two dogs, Lisa’s still been known to spy on her neighbors.
About LAST IN A LONG LINE OF REBELS:
Lou might be only twelve, but she’s never been one to take things sitting down. So when her Civil War-era house is about to be condemned, she’s determined to save it—either by getting it deemed a historic landmark or by finding the stash of gold rumored to be hidden nearby during the war. As Lou digs into the past, her eyes are opened when she finds that her ancestors ran the gamut of slave owners, renegades, thieves and abolitionists. Meanwhile, some incidents in her town show her that many Civil War era prejudices still survive and that the past can keep repeating itself if we let it. Digging into her past shows Lou that it’s never too late to fight injustice, and she starts to see the real value of understanding and exploring her roots.