Ghost Canoe

by Will Hobbs

Hardcover, 1997

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HarperCollins (1997), 208 pages


Fourteen-year-old Nathan, fishing with the Makah in the Pacific Northwest, finds himself holding a vital clue when a mysterious stranger comes to town looking for Spanish treasure.

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LibraryThing member cranbrook
With characteristic skill, Hobbs blends together a number of elements to create an exciting adventure set in 1874 on Washington's rugged Olympic peninsula. Nathan, 14, tries to unravel the mystery of a shipwreck and the captain's murder....A winning tale that artfully combines history, nature, and
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LibraryThing member Unkletom
Not quite as exciting as reviews led me to expect but still a good mystery.
LibraryThing member chinquapin
Nathan's father is a lighthouse keeper on Tatoosh island near the Strait of San Juan de Fuca in Northwest Washington in the late 1800s. He spends most of his days with a local Makah Indian named Lighthouse George roaming around the region and fishing. At the beginning of the book, there is a bad
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storm and a ship wrecks off the Strait. Nathan sees plumes of smoke on the island and other clues lead him to suspect that someone survived the wreck.

Meanwhile, the owner of the local trading post starts behaving very strangely, and a very odd Makah who has been gone for years working on ships returns to Neah Bay. Nathan also finds a canoe up in the tree canopy with a skeleton and other Indian artifacts within. Slowly, a mystery emerges and Nathan puts together all the pieces.

There was not as much action in this book as I was anticipating, but there was a pretty decent mystery. There is a lot of information about Chinook customs, such as how they made canoes, fished, buried their dead and, of course, the potlatches. The plot develops somewhat slowly, but the excitement builds at the end.
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LibraryThing member bnbookgirl
#ureadshelfproject2020. What a great adventure story. I will definitely suggest this to boys looking for a historical adventure. Loved the setting and the characters. A but if a history lesson as well.
LibraryThing member RobertaLea
Will Hobbs NEVER disappoints!


Nebraska Golden Sower Award (Nominee — 2000)
Young Hoosier Book Award (Nominee — Middle Grade — 2000)
Edgar Award (Nominee — Young Adult Novel — 1998)
Sequoyah Book Award (Nominee — Young Adult — 2000)
Colorado Book Award (Winner — Young Adult — 1998)
Grand Canyon Reader Award (Nominee — Teen — 2000)
Land Of Enchantment Book Award (Winner — Young Adult — 2002)




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