Fact, fiction, and universal emotions come together in this exciting historical novel, which explores themes of trust, honor, and self-discovery through the story of an unusual friendship. Sent to spend the school vacation at the home of Miss Leota, the grandmother they have never met, 12-year-old Benjy and his older sister feel that their mother is abandoning them, just as their father did before. Both children are angry, reluctant to make themselves at home, and resistant to getting to know their grandmother. But as Miss Leota recounts the history of the area — in particular, of the Civil War Battle of New Market, Virginia, fought in 1864 in a nearby field — Benjy finds himself fascinated by the past, and drawn into it.
On a visit to the battlefield, Benjy meets Hugh, the ghost of a Virginia Military Institute cadet. Hugh is searching for the family watch he buried before he died, explaining that only with its recovery can he restore his family honor and finally rest in peace. But as both boys soon realize, Hugh can never accomplish his mission alone. He needs Benjy, and the strength of a friendship forged across centuries.
Written from the Southern point of view, Ghost Cadet is refreshingly different from other Civil War stories. Realistic portrayals of all the characters, both modern and historical, are the novel's greatest strength. Readers will identify with Benjy, who gradually finds peace, not just for his ghostly friend, but for himself.
Horror and Supernatural