Rebel

Rebel

by Willo Davis Roberts

Her name was Amanda Jane Keeling, but from the time she was two, everyone called her Rebel.Rebel's first word was "No!" And it was downhill from there. As a toddler she resisted strained spinach and potty training. At five, she refused to go to kindergarten. Now at fourteen, she has toned down her rebellious streak somewhat, but whenever faced with a challenge she still feels the need to confront it head on, despite the opinions or advice of others.When Rebel and her friend Moses -- the only boy she's ever met who can match her in both wit and height -- witness some strange goings-on, instead of going straight to the police, they decide to investigate the matters themselves. A bizarre robbery, an open door in the middle of the night, muddy footprints...all these clues lead Rebel and Moses to more questions than answers. But still they won't go for help. Little do they know the danger that awaits them....

  • Language: English
  • Category: Young Adult
  • Rating: 3.32
  • Pages: 153
  • Publish Date: July 1st 2003 by Atheneum Books
  • Isbn10: 0689850735
  • Isbn13: 9780689850738

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Rebel, age 14, spends a few weeks helping her grandma fix up an old house.

I got it from First Book when I was in fourth or fifth grade and it sat on my shelf for almost two years before I read it.

Well in this book Rebel and a boy named Moses are part of one. So when they were walking Moses the boy was filming because he wanted to make a horror film and then they came across a guy running and the man had knocked down a old lady and since Moses had the camera the man ran into Moses trying to knock the camera down. The dogs started barking and whining because they sensed something that Moses and Rebel had not. But one day some guy who smelled like tabaco came and asked for the rooms for rent in the house but they had not put up the signs yet. Rebel immediately calls the police and then Moses Uncle come running in. The Robbers are the people who came to look for the rooms for rent and the man who stole the 20$. I think this book was also creepy because a person goes into the house and trys to rob. I like this book also because it made you want to read more because it made me want to see what happened after they caught the robbers.

Roberts does an excellent job of simply "dropping" us into the lives of the people we're reading about. Rebel is really tall for a girl (5"10') and doesn't like to admit that her height makes her nervous about ever finding a spouse (you know, down the road. Rebel quickly mellows out into a fairly normal MC by the time the action really picks up speed; she definitely speaks her mind, but is not nearly as obnoxiously rebellious as you'd expect from the synopsis. It's the kind of book you read because you're sick of unrealistic, idealistic heroes you could never live up to.

Rebel, was a great book because you got to watch her grow into a stronger more dependent version of herself. Roberts shows the readers that friendship is an asset in life, which is the theme of the novel. Along with showing the audience that friendship is the most important thing in life, he emphasizes that trust is the backbone to each relationship/friendship. This is exactly what Roberts purpose was in writing this book, to emphasizes the importance of friendship, and how you can not go through life alone.

Soon Rebel and Moses begin to find clues to what really happened, and before long they are involved in something that could easily end up in felony charges for the crook or crooks. One thing leads to another and, in the end, calling the police becomes a critical necessity as they and the house become under siege to a gang of desperate criminals.

At 14 in the book, she is actually quite obedient and compliant with her parents and grandmother, only having occasional vague thoughts that she wishes her parents didn't worry so much. She so rebelliously decides to help her grandma paint an old house so she can rent out the rooms and meets the cute grandson of her grandmother's friend.

Her grandma is planning to rent out the rooms to college students, and is working together with a friend.

Most of the book was a mystery and at some parts, it kept me wondering. I would recommend this book to boys and girls of all ages mostly who like to read mysteries.

She is pleasantly surprised that her grandmother's friend and co-house owner is taller that she is and the 2 become friends and uncover a counterfeiting mystery.