When Willie arrives in Indian Territory, she knows only one thing: no one can find out who she really is. To escape a home she doesn’t belong in anymore, she assumes the name of a former classmate and accepts a teaching job at the Cherokee Female Seminary.
Nothing prepares her for what she finds there. Her pupils are the daughters of the Cherokee elite—educated and more wealthy than she, and the school is cloaked in mystery. A student drowned in the river last year, and the girls whisper that she was killed by a jealous lover. Willie’s room is the very room the dead girl slept in. The students say her spirit haunts it.
Willie doesn’t believe in ghosts, but when strange things start happening at the school, she isn’t sure anymore. She’s also not sure what to make of a boy from the nearby boys’ school who has taken an interest in her—his past is cloaked in secrets. Soon, even she has to admit that the revenant may be trying to tell her something.
2014 Intermediate Sequoyah Masterlist
Winner of the Parent’s Choice Silver Award and the Oklahoma Book Award!
2012 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award Finalist
2011 ABC New Voices Extended List
—School Library Journal
—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
The real Cherokee Female Seminary is now Seminary Hall at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Learn more about the history of the Female Seminary at the Cherokee Heritage Center.