The Water Seeker

By Kimberly Willis Holt
(Christy Ottaviano Books-Henry Holt and Compan, Hardcover, 9780805080209, 305pp.)

Publication Date: May 11, 2010

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Description

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.




About the Author
Kimberly Willis Holt is the author of the Piper Reed series, including "Piper Reed, Navy Brat", "Piper Reed, Clubhouse Queen", and "Piper Reed, Rodeo Star". She has written many award-winning novels, including "The Water Seeker" and "My Louisiana Sky", as well as the picture books "Waiting for Gregory" and "Skinny Brown Dog". A former Navy brat herself, 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. Holt 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. A few years after she started writing, her third book, "When Zachary Beaver Came to Town", won a National Book Award for Young People's Literature. She resides in West Texas with her family.


Praise For The Water Seeker

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.”

Kirkus Reviews, STARRED

"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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