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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 doesnt reveal his gift to others; hes not sure he wants the burden.  But through his experiences growing up and crossing the Oregon Trail, Amos learns about lifes 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 mans destiny as he searches for love and family.

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"Holt (When Zachary Beaver Came to Town) serves up an absorbing, atmospheric epic of intertwined lives on America's western frontier. Dowser Jake Kincaid discards his gift — the ability to find water — to become a trapper in 1833. Returning home one year later to find he now has a motherless child, Jake leaves baby Amos to be raised by relatives. It's a hard life in what is now Nebraska, but Amos is with friends and family who understand what it takes to survive, take joy in the good times, and keep moving forward when life turns ugly. Jake returns each summer, and in 1841 he does so with his new Shoshone wife, taking Amos back to Missouri. Amos's transformative journey to adulthood truly begins when he is 13 and the family joins a wagon train headed west on the Oregon Trail. The extreme hardships and developing relationships deeply affect everyone whose life touches Amos, but Holt focuses on Amos and his growth. There's no central villain or crisis that needs to be resolved. Instead, Holt makes it clear that it's all about the journey. Ages 10 — 14." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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This epic novel by a National Book Award winner ("When Zachary Beaver Came to Town") is a fascinating period piece about the westward expansion and one young man's destiny as he searches for love and family.

Synopsis:

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 doesnt reveal his gift to others; hes not sure he wants the burden.  But through his experiences growing up and crossing the Oregon Trail, Amos learns about lifes 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 mans destiny as he searches for love and family.

About the Author

Kimberly Willis Holt is the author of the books in the Piper Reed series, several award-winning novels, including Part of Me; Keeper of the Night; My Louisiana Sky; and When Zachary Beaver Came to Town, which received the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, as well as the picture books Waiting for Gregory and Skinny Brown Dog. She lives with her family in West Texas.

 

www.kimberlywillisholt.com

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Julie Judkins, January 28, 2011 (view all comments by Julie Judkins)
The Water Seeker chronicles the early life of Amos Kincaid, from his birth, to his journey on the Oregon Trail, and concluding a few years into his marriage.

Seeker is a quiet, subtle book. While there are many moments of great drama, the majority of the book is introspective and concerns Amos's slow growth into manhood. For this reason, it will not be appealing to every child. It's a hard novel to categorize. Is it an overland trail journey? No, only an estimated quarter concerns Amos's family's westward journey. Is it historical fiction? Yes, but there are some mystical elements as well. Is it a coming of age story? Partially, but the story ends before Amos truly comes of age.

The narrative unfolds in multiple perspectives, alternating from Amos himself, to his many caregivers and adopted family members throughout his life. Given the novel's brief length and the large amount of time covered, events are heavily condensed and the story suffers as a result. The pacing often feels in contrast with the novel's overall laidpack pace, as entire spans of Amos's life are glossed over. Another criticism rests with Holt's use of stock characters, the "all-knowing Native American woman" being the most notable example.

The book will be of special interest to readers living in states whose schools include units on the Oregon Trail, missionaries, and/or settlers. Readers from homes with adopted members or mixed families will appreciate Amos's many non-traditional families.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780805080209
Author:
Holt, Kimberly
Publisher:
Christy Ottaviano Books-Henry Holt and Compan
Author:
Holt, Kimberly Willis
Subject:
Frontier and pioneer life
Subject:
Fathers and sons
Subject:
General
Subject:
Historical - United States - General
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-U.S. 19th Century
Subject:
Historical - United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Family/General (see also headings under Social Issues)
Subject:
Family/General (see also headings und
Subject:
er Social Issues)
Edition Description:
Middle-Grade Fiction
Publication Date:
20100531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 5 to 9
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.13 in
Age Level:
10-14

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Holt (When Zachary Beaver Came to Town) serves up an absorbing, atmospheric epic of intertwined lives on America's western frontier. Dowser Jake Kincaid discards his gift — the ability to find water — to become a trapper in 1833. Returning home one year later to find he now has a motherless child, Jake leaves baby Amos to be raised by relatives. It's a hard life in what is now Nebraska, but Amos is with friends and family who understand what it takes to survive, take joy in the good times, and keep moving forward when life turns ugly. Jake returns each summer, and in 1841 he does so with his new Shoshone wife, taking Amos back to Missouri. Amos's transformative journey to adulthood truly begins when he is 13 and the family joins a wagon train headed west on the Oregon Trail. The extreme hardships and developing relationships deeply affect everyone whose life touches Amos, but Holt focuses on Amos and his growth. There's no central villain or crisis that needs to be resolved. Instead, Holt makes it clear that it's all about the journey. Ages 10 — 14." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , This epic novel by a National Book Award winner ("When Zachary Beaver Came to Town") is a fascinating period piece about the westward expansion and one young man's destiny as he searches for love and family.
"Synopsis" by ,

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 doesnt reveal his gift to others; hes not sure he wants the burden.  But through his experiences growing up and crossing the Oregon Trail, Amos learns about lifes 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 mans destiny as he searches for love and family.

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