The Water Seeker

Kimberly Willis Holt

Henry Holt / Christy Ottaviano Books

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Amos Kincaid is the son of a dowser – a person gifted in knowing how to “find” water deep in the ground.  As a young person, Amos doesn’t reveal his gift to others; he’s not sure he wants the burden.  But through his experiences growing up and crossing the Oregon Trail, Amos learns about life’s harsh realities, especially the pain in losing loved ones.  As he cares for those around him, Amos comes to accept his dowsing fate.  This epic novel is a fascinating period piece about the westward expansion and one man’s destiny as he searches for love and family.

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CHAPTER 1

BITTERSWEET CREEK 1833

JAKE WAS KNOWN as the dowser. With a forked branch, he’d made his way from the Arkansas Territory to Missouri, stopping at farms to find water for new wells. His plan was to raise enough money so he could do what he wanted and never pick up the branch again. But the dowsing was a gift. And a gift might be abandoned, but it will always be there, waiting to be claimed.

One farmer didn’t have money, so he paid Jake by giving him a parcel of land with a cabin. Since winter was settling in, Jake decided to stay there until spring, when

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An absorbing, atmospheric epic of intertwined lives on America’s western frontier.” Publishers Weekly, STARRED

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.”

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"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: by chance, skill, inherited gifts...and love that transcends generations and even mortality.  Booklist

"Holt writes a vivid and beautiful story." Voya

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Kimberly Willis Holt

Kimberly Willis Holt is the author of the many award-winning novels for young adults and children, including My Louisiana Sky, Keeper of the Night, and When Zachary Beaver Came to Town, winner of a National Book Award for Young People's Literature. She is also the author of the bestselling Piper Reed series of chapter books, and picture books including Waiting for Gregory and Skinny Brown Dog. Holt was born in Pensacola, Florida, and lived all over the U.S. and the world—from Paris to Norfolk to Guam to New Orleans. She long dreamed of being a writer, but first worked as a radio news director, marketed a water park, and was an interior decorator, among other jobs. She lives in West Texas with her family.

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Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Henry Holt / Christy Ottaviano Books
May 2010
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429924887
ISBN10: 1429924888
Middle-Grade Fiction320 pages
Age Range: 10 to 14
Grade Range: 5 to 9
$7.12

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Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Henry Holt / Christy Ottaviano Books
May 2010
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780805080209
ISBN10: 0805080201
Middle-Grade Fiction
6 1/8 x 9 inches, 320 pages
Age Range: 10 to 14
Grade Range: 5 to 9
$17.99

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Square Fish
June 2012
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250004758
ISBN10: 1250004756
Young Adult Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 336 pages
Age Range: 10 to 14
Grade Range: 5 to 9
$9.99
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