The Water Seeker: Book summary and reviews of The Water Seeker by Kimberly Willis Holt

The Water Seeker

by Kimberly Willis Holt

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The Water Seeker by Kimberly Willis Holt
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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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"Starred Review. Holt infuses the American pioneer landscape with a hint of magical realism in this intimate and epic coming-of-age tale. " - Kirkus Reviews

"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

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Kimberly Willis Holt

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.

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