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The Water Seeker

Kimberly Willis Holt.
Publisher Henry Holt  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.3 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780805080209
Pages/Publication Date 309/2010
Daedalus Item Code 30226
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Amos Kincaid is the son of a dowser, and like his father can sense water deep in the ground, in this novel for readers 10 to 15 from the author of the National Book Award winner When Zachary Beaver Came to Town. Living in 1833 Missouri, Amos keeps the knowledge of this gift to himself—after all, Jake Kincaid considered his own ability to be more a burden than a blessing. But through growing up and moving on along the Oregon Trail, Amos learns about harsh realities and the pain of losing loved ones, and as he comes to care for those around him he begins to see how his gift can help them. Kimberly Willis Holt evokes the harsh and beautiful wilderness and the Americans who explored it and settled it.

"An absorbing, atmospheric epic of intertwined lives on America's western frontier."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Drawing on such diverse themes as Manifest Destiny, personal identity and cross-cultural relationships, the author has crafted a satisfying all-ages story that hosts a dazzling array of richly realized secondary characters ... and flows as effortlessly as the Platte River."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Stretched over 20 years and 2,000 miles, award-winning author Holt's latest novel is a sweeping story of westward expansion, beginning in 1833 Missouri when a young mother dies in childbirth. Her baby, Amos, survives and is raised by in-laws until his trapper father, Jake, returns. So begin years of hardscrabble pioneer life as Amos shuttles between friends, neighbors, and relatives, finally joining Jake and his Otoe Indian wife on a wagon train headed for Oregon. Scenes of magical realism add rich texture.... Holt creates a moving, palpable sense of pioneer life in graceful prose that occasionally reads like poetry. And her memorable characters' stories raise powerful questions about how lives are shaped."—Booklist

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