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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (662 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kimberly Willis Holt Narrator: Will Patton Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2010 ISBN: 9780307710932
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“When I was a boy, my pa dowsed to earn extra money when we had a lean year. And when he put the branch in my hands for the first time, I felt a burning inside me because I had the gift, too. Just be thankful I didn’t hand that gift down to you.”

Amos figured it was probably best not to tell his father that it was too late.
 
What would you do if you knew you had a special gift—a sixth sense—that was passed down from one generation to the next? A gift that could help people in times of need, but one your father often saw as a trap. Would you use that gift? 

This is the story of Amos Kincaid, the dowser’s son. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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)

  • “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

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suz | 1/24/2014

    " Loved this. 8th grade I think. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ramarie | 1/16/2014

    " I enjoyed the character of Amos, the dowser's son, who grows up over the course of this book. There are many rich characters in the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 1/9/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. I felt the writing was very crisp and clear and it was a fun concept and an interesting journey. I was a little taken aback by the epilogue ending, but all the same, enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara | 12/28/2013

    " About a boy in times of migrating to the West and his gift of divination. It being a YA novel, it was conceptually simple yet gave good discussion topics. The setting was great, the plot interesting and shows how a boy becomes a man. Interesting to see how families blend, since when was the nuclear family ever the norm? The characterization of the Native American was a little weak but I appreciated the perspective. Me likey. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 12/16/2013

    " I really enjoyed the book, but I have no idea who it is for. Also the Nanny McPhee-ish transformation of Gwendolyn seemed kind of ridiculous to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janalynn | 12/15/2013

    " It doesn't have as much about water as I expected. It has a lot about the west. It reminded me of Little Big Man. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa Nori | 12/9/2013

    " Interesting story. Chose it because I know people who have dowsers in their families and I liked the time period. It took me a little while to care about the main character but I enjoyed his journey and how the generations looked at their ability in such opposite terms. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha | 11/26/2013

    " I love these characters. The writing helped me be friends with them all along the way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 11/13/2013

    " Very good. I didn't want to put the book down. Even though I read it in a Literature Circle at school, I enjoyed reading and writing about it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christie | 11/12/2013

    " Argh. I lost my review. In more words I said I like this book, the characters, the narration and the story, but it isn't particularly deep. I wish it were more complex. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Ann | 11/9/2013

    " Interesting look into history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky Dutton | 11/5/2013

    " I enjoyed the story. Somewhat like "When Zachary Beaver Came to Town" because the disfigured girl became accepted. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 J | 10/30/2013

    " Didn't really care for this one...weird plot..don't like the dead mom hovering around each character...even if the reference to it was minimal..it was creepy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 6/30/2013

    " I really enjoyed reading this book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elena | 3/17/2013

    " I liked this book quite a bit, but it's not one I was really wild about. Good story, some suspense, a little romance, historical, and a little mysterious. It wasn't one that I couldn't put down, but still a good story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mandy | 1/29/2013

    " hastily thrown together ending. meh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonquil | 1/18/2013

    " Not perfect, but very good. Engaging main characters, enjoyable descriptions of their lifestyles. Ending is a little too easy, but it's a good ending, so I won't complain too much. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica Tackett | 11/15/2012

    " Since when do I like historical fiction about the Oregon Trail? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 2/28/2012

    " The Water Seeker covers much more time than other Middle Grade books I've read. The hardships of life on the frontier and on the Oregon Trail are presented without softening or sugar-coating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 4/12/2011

    " Good but random. It was interesting in a "bits of history thrown into a complicated life" kind of way. Characters come together conveniently while others are killed to make a point. Not a fun book but the writing was smooth and I enjoyed reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Smudge | 4/9/2011

    " Since it was set in Nebraska, Missouri, and on the Oregon Trail, I enjoyed reading this. Sometimes I felt like the plot was all over the place from dowsing to wagon trains to smallpox and the Omaha tribe. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kat | 4/1/2011

    " A little slow in parts. I enjoyed the journey on the Oregon trail and the references to the Willamette Valley. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 3/12/2011

    " I thought this book would be something completely different. It hardly touches on the dowsing aspect. It's more a book that describes the coming of age of a boy whose mother died when he was born. And his journey on the Oregon Trail. Not bad. A bit slow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pattyb | 2/14/2011

    " I love historical fiction, and this book doesn't disappoint. Holt does a great job of developing the characters in this westward trip. A few far-fetched notions are involved - ghostly apparitions of the main character's mother keep appearing, but all-in-all, an enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bobncon | 1/31/2011

    " Kimberly Willis Holt is an author I enjoy. She seems to always have a sense of place and the reader feels transported to the location. I'm contemplating this as a read-aloud when we study the Oregon Trail. A good boy book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 1/20/2011

    " I really enjoyed the book, but I have no idea who it is for. Also the Nanny McPhee-ish transformation of Gwendolyn seemed kind of ridiculous to me. "

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