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After a sailing ship breaks up on the rocks off Washington's storm-tossed Cape Flattery, Nathan McAllister, the fourteen-year-old son of the lighthouse keeper, refuses to believe the authorities, who say there were no survivors. Unexplained footprints on a desolate beach, a theft at the trading post, and glimpses of a wild "hairy man" convince Nathan that someone is hiding After a sailing ship breaks up on the rocks off Washington's storm-tossed Cape Flattery, Nathan McAllister, the fourteen-year-old son of the lighthouse keeper, refuses to believe the authorities, who say there were no survivors. Unexplained footprints on a desolate beach, a theft at the trading post, and glimpses of a wild "hairy man" convince Nathan that someone is hiding in the remote sea caves along the coast. With his new friend, Lighthouse George, a fisherman from the famed Makah whaling tribe, Nathan paddles the fierce waters of the Pacific--fishing, hunting seals, searching for clues. Alone in the forest, Nathan discovers a ghostly canoe and a skeleton that may unlock the mystery of ancient treasure, betrayal . . .and murder. 2000-2001 Georgia's Picture Storybook Award & Georgia's Children's Book Award Masterlist 01-02 Land of Enchantment Book Award Masterlist (Gr. 6-9)


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After a sailing ship breaks up on the rocks off Washington's storm-tossed Cape Flattery, Nathan McAllister, the fourteen-year-old son of the lighthouse keeper, refuses to believe the authorities, who say there were no survivors. Unexplained footprints on a desolate beach, a theft at the trading post, and glimpses of a wild "hairy man" convince Nathan that someone is hiding After a sailing ship breaks up on the rocks off Washington's storm-tossed Cape Flattery, Nathan McAllister, the fourteen-year-old son of the lighthouse keeper, refuses to believe the authorities, who say there were no survivors. Unexplained footprints on a desolate beach, a theft at the trading post, and glimpses of a wild "hairy man" convince Nathan that someone is hiding in the remote sea caves along the coast. With his new friend, Lighthouse George, a fisherman from the famed Makah whaling tribe, Nathan paddles the fierce waters of the Pacific--fishing, hunting seals, searching for clues. Alone in the forest, Nathan discovers a ghostly canoe and a skeleton that may unlock the mystery of ancient treasure, betrayal . . .and murder. 2000-2001 Georgia's Picture Storybook Award & Georgia's Children's Book Award Masterlist 01-02 Land of Enchantment Book Award Masterlist (Gr. 6-9)

30 review for Ghost Canoe

  1. 4 out of 5

    stephanie cat

    This book is terrible. It has potential, though. A boy and his family in the Northwest with a bunch of Native Americans, and a greedy dude who will gladly kill you for some Spanish treasure. But.... IT STILL SUCKS. Besides, the kid goes fishing EVERY SINGLE CHAPTER. It's like: "Oh, la la la, look! A canoe up in the tree! Let's go look at it! I wonder what it means.... Let's go fishing!" later.. "La la la, hey, look! It's Captain Bim! Someone stole your life's savings! I had better go fishing!" then This book is terrible. It has potential, though. A boy and his family in the Northwest with a bunch of Native Americans, and a greedy dude who will gladly kill you for some Spanish treasure. But.... IT STILL SUCKS. Besides, the kid goes fishing EVERY SINGLE CHAPTER. It's like: "Oh, la la la, look! A canoe up in the tree! Let's go look at it! I wonder what it means.... Let's go fishing!" later.. "La la la, hey, look! It's Captain Bim! Someone stole your life's savings! I had better go fishing!" then "Oh no! Kane killed Dolla Bill! TO THE CANOES!!!!" Honestly one of the most pointless, annoying, and generally tedious books I've ever read.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Pop Bop

    Will Hobbs Can Write A Great Book; Canoe? The blurbs and descriptions for this book certainly make it sound like it has everything you might want for a ripping adventure tale. But, and I don't mean to be a wiseguy, I've read lots of blurbs and descriptions for books that didn't deliver. Imagine my delight, then, to report that, at least for me, this book is better than expected across the board, and in every way that matters. The hero, Young Mac, is resourceful, steadfast, observant, dependable an Will Hobbs Can Write A Great Book; Canoe? The blurbs and descriptions for this book certainly make it sound like it has everything you might want for a ripping adventure tale. But, and I don't mean to be a wiseguy, I've read lots of blurbs and descriptions for books that didn't deliver. Imagine my delight, then, to report that, at least for me, this book is better than expected across the board, and in every way that matters. The hero, Young Mac, is resourceful, steadfast, observant, dependable and adventurous. He is everything you could hope for in a boy hero. His Mom and Dad are supportive, loving, reliable, competent and unflappable. Young Mac's Makah fisherman friend, Lighthouse George, is quiet, skilled, dignified, and wood and ocean crafty. And every one of the good guys has a sense of humor and an understated charm. The tale's setting is romantic and realistic. From the lighthouse to the woods to the ocean coast you can smell and feel the salt spray and the spruce. This is one of the best located, one of the best placed, boy's own adventures I've ever read. Set in the 1870's it would put many adult historical novels to shame. There is a lot of background about the indigenous Makahs that is worked unobtrusively into the story, which gives the book a bit of cultural heft. There's also a lot of fishing. The mystery adventure has ghost canoes, a shipwreck, a murder, treasure, a shadowy hidden figure, fog, foul weather, towering cliffs and pinnacles, howling storms, and a skeleton. The mystery is just the right amount of twisty. The action can be riveting and the fog bound lurking and exploring is suspenseful, (and damp). This is legitimate "Treasure Island" territory. And there's a lot of fishing. So, O.K., am I hamming it up a bit? Sure. But this really did strike me as a crisply written, fast paced, nicely structured, and generously well imagined ripping adventure. The history of the Pacific Northwest, the dignity of the native people, the bonds of friendship, and the rich and colorful romance of the wilderness are all presented in clear unadorned prose, and with warm feeling. This isn't a by the numbers book and it isn't constructed along the lines of some tired formula. This had style and depth for a young adventure reader to really sink his or her teeth into. As promised, a ripping yarn.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Blake Sacco

    After my experience of reading the novel "Ghost Canoe" I would give this book a solid 3 stars. It starts out pretty slow at first, and as you reach the end, it finally get's pretty good. It's a bout a young boy named Nathan MacAllister who's Father is the in charge of the lighthouse on an island in the Pacific. Later on in the story, a ship crashes into the rocks off in Cape Flattery, and Nathan and his new friend "Lighthouse" George hunt, fish, and explore looking for clues of the missing vesse After my experience of reading the novel "Ghost Canoe" I would give this book a solid 3 stars. It starts out pretty slow at first, and as you reach the end, it finally get's pretty good. It's a bout a young boy named Nathan MacAllister who's Father is the in charge of the lighthouse on an island in the Pacific. Later on in the story, a ship crashes into the rocks off in Cape Flattery, and Nathan and his new friend "Lighthouse" George hunt, fish, and explore looking for clues of the missing vessel. Little do they know it, there is a lost ancient treasure to be found, along with a murderer on the loose.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ally Taalf

    Ghost Canoe is children’s fiction done right: exciting plot, compelling setting, and well-rounded characters. Hobbs’s depiction of life in Neah Bay in the late nineteenth-century is rich with historical details, and the culture of the Makah Tribe is represented with historical rigor. An excellent read for adults and children alike.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Noah F

    The theme statement in the book Ghost Canoe is that if you don’t believe someone about something you should go find out and prove what you believe. That is exactly what Nathan McAllister did. The book Ghost Canoe takes place in Washington State in a place called Cape Flattery. It is a cape that is very rocky and is usually very stormy. It has an island just off the shore that is called Tatoosh Island that has a light house that Nathan and his dad run. The book is about a 14-year old boy named Na The theme statement in the book Ghost Canoe is that if you don’t believe someone about something you should go find out and prove what you believe. That is exactly what Nathan McAllister did. The book Ghost Canoe takes place in Washington State in a place called Cape Flattery. It is a cape that is very rocky and is usually very stormy. It has an island just off the shore that is called Tatoosh Island that has a light house that Nathan and his dad run. The book is about a 14-year old boy named Nathan McAllister. A ship crashes just off the shore and Nathan is told that there are no survivors. Nathan does not believe that there are no survivors because there have been footprints on the beach and there have been sightings of a wild hairy man. With Nathans new friend, Lighthouse George who is part of the local Makah tribe, they paddle around to different parts of the island t search for clues on how and why the ship sunk. In that process they found a skeleton in a canoe that leads t many questions that get answered. I thought this was a great book!! I have a hard time thinking about something bad about this book because there really isn’t anything. I really like how in different parts of the book there are parts that leave you wondering how did this happen and who did this, for example when the captain washed ashore with a knife stabbed in his heart. In the book Nathan is extremely curious and in real life I am like that to. If there is something I don’t know that I am interested in, I want to find out. I would definitely recommend this book to a friend and I would rate this book a 9/10.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Grace

    There is a boy named Nathan and he lives in a lighthouse at sea. His mother is very ill and is not looking good. One day Nathan goes to the beach and finds a ship-wreaked boat. He reports it and finds out that no one finds a survivor from the boat that shipwrecked. But that does not explain why he saw footprints in the sand from the boat into the near by cave. Ever since he has found the boat he notices so many things in this town that he never saw before. Strange things start to happen to Natha There is a boy named Nathan and he lives in a lighthouse at sea. His mother is very ill and is not looking good. One day Nathan goes to the beach and finds a ship-wreaked boat. He reports it and finds out that no one finds a survivor from the boat that shipwrecked. But that does not explain why he saw footprints in the sand from the boat into the near by cave. Ever since he has found the boat he notices so many things in this town that he never saw before. Strange things start to happen to Nathan and the people/things around him. He started to wander if there really was a survivor and won't stop until he gets the proof that he is looking for. He starts to tell very few people about all the things he has encountered but still no one believes him. He is told not to explore but will not stop until he finds what he is looking for. Overall I think that this is a great book ( if you are interested in mysteries) it is very detailed and a very nerve racking book. It's interesting and leaves you with suspense throughout the story.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lexi

    A 7th grade class that I work in is reading this book. Most of the students have never spent time on the western side of the Washington state and they are struggling to stay interested in the book. My class is mostly low-income and minority students who really have no connections to make with a white boy growing up with Makah indians in the Puget Sound. We are using this book to help learn about Washington State History. Although the students don't really like the book, I thought the book was ve A 7th grade class that I work in is reading this book. Most of the students have never spent time on the western side of the Washington state and they are struggling to stay interested in the book. My class is mostly low-income and minority students who really have no connections to make with a white boy growing up with Makah indians in the Puget Sound. We are using this book to help learn about Washington State History. Although the students don't really like the book, I thought the book was very interesting and had a lot of good things to learn. It is a little predictable (for me anyways), but still a good story. It is worth a read for kids who are interested in Washington state and Native Americans, as well as adults who enjoy an easy kids book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Dayna Smith

    Another stellar story by Hobbs. Nathan MacAllister is the son of the lighthouse keeper on Tatoosh Island in Washington. He witnesses a shipwreck and, after hearing of footprints found on the beach and some thefts from the local trading post, refuses to believe there were no survivors. He spends time with his friend Lighthouse George, a Makah fisherman, and learns to hunt, fish, and whale. He also searches for clues to the missing Spanish gold supposedly hidden in the area. Is this what the myste Another stellar story by Hobbs. Nathan MacAllister is the son of the lighthouse keeper on Tatoosh Island in Washington. He witnesses a shipwreck and, after hearing of footprints found on the beach and some thefts from the local trading post, refuses to believe there were no survivors. He spends time with his friend Lighthouse George, a Makah fisherman, and learns to hunt, fish, and whale. He also searches for clues to the missing Spanish gold supposedly hidden in the area. Is this what the mysterious "hairy man" is after? Will a ghostly canoe containing a skeleton unlock the key to this story of mystery, betrayal, and murder?

  9. 4 out of 5

    Hailey

    WORST BOOK EVER!!!!!! Actually, Kite Rider is worse... jst by a little. Ghost Canoe is a total waste of time, id rather be sleeping... but sadly it was a class book.... and i had to read it :( Schools always pick the worst books, its like their trying to bore us to death... oh, wait they are :)

  10. 4 out of 5

    J

    One of the best books that I have read for this age group. Fast action, mysterious, spooky, and well-written. Not just for boys either.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Josh

    Nathan MacAllister is the fourteen-year-old son a lighthouse keeper on Tatoosh Island, a small body of land the very northwestern tip of the continental United States. The year is 1874 when a ship breaks off the rocky side of the nearby Cape Flattery. There are no survivors, save for some unexplained footprints found on the shore. As Nathan explores the island, takes care of his sick mother, and goes on whale-hunting missions with the nearby native tribe, he finds himself racing against time to Nathan MacAllister is the fourteen-year-old son a lighthouse keeper on Tatoosh Island, a small body of land the very northwestern tip of the continental United States. The year is 1874 when a ship breaks off the rocky side of the nearby Cape Flattery. There are no survivors, save for some unexplained footprints found on the shore. As Nathan explores the island, takes care of his sick mother, and goes on whale-hunting missions with the nearby native tribe, he finds himself racing against time to solve a mystery. With a treasure to find and a killer on the loose, he embarks on a journey he never expected to take. He paddles treacherous water, narrowly escapes death in a cave, and barely avoids the clutches of evil in novel’s climax. Ghost Canoe is an interesting piece of historical fiction. Nathan is a good depiction of a youth’s desire for adventure and excitement. Many could identify with his desire to get to the bottom of a mystery and discover a treasure, even with many doubting him along the way. However, many young readers may find themselves bored in the slower parts of this novel. Some chapters seem to spend a significant amount of time dedicated to events that do not contribute to the plot, such as canoeing and whaling. While these events may appeal to those who read this as historical fiction, it may seem dull to those reading as a mystery novel. This book will entertain young readers with an interest in the lives of 19th century Americans.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ronica Stromberg

    This Edgar-winning mystery has a lot of pluses that could win over reluctant readers, especially boys. In it, 14-year-old Nathan MacAllister has the dangerous job of helping his father manage a lighthouse off the Washington shore in the 1870s. He witnesses a shipwreck and becomes entangled in a mystery about the ship's murdered captain and possible survivors. Helping him is Lighthouse George, a man from the local Makah tribe. Nathan is included in a whaling expedition with the tribe and a celebra This Edgar-winning mystery has a lot of pluses that could win over reluctant readers, especially boys. In it, 14-year-old Nathan MacAllister has the dangerous job of helping his father manage a lighthouse off the Washington shore in the 1870s. He witnesses a shipwreck and becomes entangled in a mystery about the ship's murdered captain and possible survivors. Helping him is Lighthouse George, a man from the local Makah tribe. Nathan is included in a whaling expedition with the tribe and a celebration with their relatives, the Nitinats. The whaling expedition may be too gruesome for some readers, but overall, the description of the tribes' daily lives and activities in that era makes for fascinating reading. One slight flaw: I questioned why Nathan did not find a friend his own age from the Makah tribe. As the book is written, Nathan's only friend, Lightning George, is a grown man with a wife and family. Even if Lightning George was the only person in the tribe to speak English, I would have thought Nathan would have tried to learn the Makah language or found another way to communicate with teens his own age. Still, Ghost Canoe is a riveting adventure story, highly recommended.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Angel Velasquez

    GHOST CANOE The book called “ghost canoe”by will hobbs and the book was about this 14 year old kid called Nathan and his family and his friend lighthouse george went to search if there was any survivor from the accident. The accident was in Neahs Bay were they were gonna search the survivors and when they got there people were called the Mawhacks, that’s when they found Dolla Bill and he says that there’s this guy called kane who was searching for treasure and he also was a murder. After, many peo GHOST CANOE The book called “ghost canoe”by will hobbs and the book was about this 14 year old kid called Nathan and his family and his friend lighthouse george went to search if there was any survivor from the accident. The accident was in Neahs Bay were they were gonna search the survivors and when they got there people were called the Mawhacks, that’s when they found Dolla Bill and he says that there’s this guy called kane who was searching for treasure and he also was a murder. After, many people gather to kill a whale and the whale was capture, Dolla,George, and Nathan was on the boat when the whale made a move and everyone jumped out Nathan saw that george was counsios and could not get up. That’s when Nathan and Dolla saw kane searching the treasure and Nathan and dolla went to stop kane that’s when nathan found a boat. But it was not the same from the other boats and used it to get to kane and when they got there they saw kane tacking gold and kane tripped while running and got hit by a rock. Then nathan used it to share with the people in the island.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Casle

    I read this out loud to a group of 4-5-6 graders. I love reading out loud, mostly because I use eye contact a lot and I look up in a gripping scene and see eyes, rapt, so eager to hear the story. Many kids are so story-deprived they almost don't have the skills to absorb stories. I'm working on curing that. This story has many elements and was a great story to read aloud, especially to kids learning about NW natives. My only complaint, and I finished this story with tears in my eyes, not because I read this out loud to a group of 4-5-6 graders. I love reading out loud, mostly because I use eye contact a lot and I look up in a gripping scene and see eyes, rapt, so eager to hear the story. Many kids are so story-deprived they almost don't have the skills to absorb stories. I'm working on curing that. This story has many elements and was a great story to read aloud, especially to kids learning about NW natives. My only complaint, and I finished this story with tears in my eyes, not because of a touching scene, but because of a touching scene that wasn't there. Someone makes a great sacrifice in this story, I won't name because that would be a spoiler. But that sacrifice isn't honored in the story. I had read this book before, and must have constructed that honoring in my mind. It was all there, and very fitting, with the person placed with honor into a Ghost Canoe. Will Hobbs writes a great adventure, but literally missed the boat at the end of this book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    The author has been recommended to me but I've never read any of his books. I needed some light reading for the holiday weekend so I chose this one. This is really good. I really like the respect displayed by the author for the Native Americans. I love how delicately he handled the relations between the natives and the colonizers. Everyone is human! Few, if any, stereotypes. I don't think we really needed the treasure story but it did add some tension. I want to read more by this author. The author has been recommended to me but I've never read any of his books. I needed some light reading for the holiday weekend so I chose this one. This is really good. I really like the respect displayed by the author for the Native Americans. I love how delicately he handled the relations between the natives and the colonizers. Everyone is human! Few, if any, stereotypes. I don't think we really needed the treasure story but it did add some tension. I want to read more by this author.

  16. 4 out of 5

    SFrick

    I truly enjoyed Ghost Canoe and am not going to spoil it for anyone. Please see Kirkus Reviews at: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-re... I will give this many stars ************************************ I truly enjoyed Ghost Canoe and am not going to spoil it for anyone. Please see Kirkus Reviews at: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-re... I will give this many stars ************************************

  17. 4 out of 5

    Anna {Follow me for reviews! (✿◡‿◡)}

    at the start of this book, I thought I chose a bad book. Nathan was doing nothing but asking silly questions and going fishing. But when I got halfway through, I really liked it much more. The story speeds up and flows easier. If he worked a bit harder on this one, I would have put 5 stars.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Margi

    #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.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Brian Trelfa

    This book is a GREAT read!

  20. 4 out of 5

    CountryMum

    Great book. It really kept me wanting to know what would happen next.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jahan

    The book was exciting with many thrillers and it wanted me to ask the author to create a second book

  22. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Jordan

    it was good and kept me wanting to know what would happen next

  23. 5 out of 5

    Bella

    A good mystery

  24. 5 out of 5

    Cameron C

    Will Hobb's message in Ghost Canoe is to always follow one's instincts. This novel takes place on the rough and rugged shores on an island called Tatoosh off the Washington coast where a ship has a mysterious crashed and murder victim was found from the ship washed up. On a calmer more forested place close by called Cape Flattery. On the towering, rock cliffs of Tatoosh Nathan Mcallister, a fourteen year-old scottish boy lives with his mom and dad in a damp lighthouse where they must work every Will Hobb's message in Ghost Canoe is to always follow one's instincts. This novel takes place on the rough and rugged shores on an island called Tatoosh off the Washington coast where a ship has a mysterious crashed and murder victim was found from the ship washed up. On a calmer more forested place close by called Cape Flattery. On the towering, rock cliffs of Tatoosh Nathan Mcallister, a fourteen year-old scottish boy lives with his mom and dad in a damp lighthouse where they must work every night to ensure the safety of all the passing ships. On the shores of Cape Flattery, a friendly, Makah, native American village sits with all of it's inhabitants and one trading post. Nathan's family is doing well on Tatoosh until Nathan's mom gets sick and moves to the village to recover. Being closer to all the people makes Nathan start to suspect others and the newcomers and the more he explores the more he learns. Soon, Nathan begins to relize that some of his theories were right and his search endangers his life as he begins to uncover the murder story and what the killer is after that may make him kill again. Throughout this story, the narrator follows Nathan around and it gets much more dramatic at the end. The book Ghost Canoe was a really intresting mystery story. The character I loved the most was Nathan Mcallister. I liked how he was so determined and brave to find out the answer to all the mischief that was going on even when it meant that he was risking his life. The few people he knew that he told about what he thought of the ship crash told him not to worry about it or leave it alone but because he followed his instincts, he was able to solve the mystery and find the treasure. This book reminded me alot about the Hardy Boys series because it was boys trying to solve a serious mystery and it was similar page count and how things progressed but just more personal because his family is involved. It's also similar because there's the one bad guy and Nathan asks others about their thought but does it in a less professional way. This story made you want to read it more to find out more of the mystery and it is not disapointing. The only critique I would have for this book was that it was an easy read and after finishing, you notice how you could have easily predicted the ending. Overall I did enjoy this book and I would reccomend it to anyone who wants a somewhat short mystery book to read for fun.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Chris G

    Ghost Canoe, written by Will Hobbs, is a non-fictional book about a 12-year-old (Nathan MacAllister) who faces tough obstacles. One of these is the obstacle of an incredibly sick mother, and a necessary travel with his mother - away from his father - to a Makah Village, in hopes of stimulating health for his mother. While there, Nathan grows and matures by joining a different culture, meeting new people, and a life-threatening effort to stop a murderous treasure-hunter. Nathan finds experiences Ghost Canoe, written by Will Hobbs, is a non-fictional book about a 12-year-old (Nathan MacAllister) who faces tough obstacles. One of these is the obstacle of an incredibly sick mother, and a necessary travel with his mother - away from his father - to a Makah Village, in hopes of stimulating health for his mother. While there, Nathan grows and matures by joining a different culture, meeting new people, and a life-threatening effort to stop a murderous treasure-hunter. Nathan finds experiences a vast myriad of thoughts regarding other people, how they will (theoretically) act in situations, and if they are potential culprits of a gruesome murder of the captain of the Burnaby ship. Suspects include Captain Bim, the manager and owner of the Makan trading post, as well as the sly, persuasive Simon Peterson, who temporarily replaces Bim in the trading post. I find this book to be quite enjoyable because it was clear, concise (while still being detailed), and intriguing. I agree with many of the opinions viewed by the author, such as the importance of friendship and teamwork. I do not agree with the idea that pity must not be felt towards those who have not led morally good lifestyles. I like how the book supports strong family values, especially prayer and consideration towards the well-being of family members. Kindness seems to very consistent throughout the book, especially as it pertains to characters like those of the MacAllister family, as well as good friend Lighthouse George. These values have been clearly evident in other author's books, such as those of Suzanne Collins and Harper E. Lee. These values are ones that I personally make efforts to reflect and strengthen in my own life; I found this book to be encouraging to me in this regard. In conclusion, I found this book to an action-packed piece of literature that can serve as an eye-opener to important moralistic values. I highly encourage others, of any age, to read this spectacular book by Will Hobbs.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Listening to this book reminded me of why I avoid books like this. I suppose that's a bit unfair; years ago I read _Jason's Gold_ and didn't mind it, and a coworker read and enjoyed _Go Big or Go Home_. But I just couldn't get into this! What kills me is that this book won all sorts of awards when it came out (1997), and literary reviews call it exciting! *sigh* The story is about a younger teenage boy named Nathan who lives off the Pacific Northwest Coast in 1874. One of his favorite things to do Listening to this book reminded me of why I avoid books like this. I suppose that's a bit unfair; years ago I read _Jason's Gold_ and didn't mind it, and a coworker read and enjoyed _Go Big or Go Home_. But I just couldn't get into this! What kills me is that this book won all sorts of awards when it came out (1997), and literary reviews call it exciting! *sigh* The story is about a younger teenage boy named Nathan who lives off the Pacific Northwest Coast in 1874. One of his favorite things to do is fishing with his adult friend Lighthouse George, a Makah fisherman. One day they learn that a ship has crashed and that the captain's murdered body has floated to the shore. Nathan decides to figure out what exactly happened. Also involved in this twisted tale is the weird behavior of the local store owner Captain Dan, a canoe that Nathan finds lodged in a tall tree, and a man who's interested in becoming the new store owner. All of this is going on while Nathan's father is away and his mother is ill. I have to admit, I couldn't wait til this audio book was finished. There's a lot of Makah culture weaved into the story, which is fine--but not necessarily interesting to me. I didn't hate this audio book as much as I hated _The Dark is Rising_ (Susan Cooper), but this was a close second.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Brad Z

    Well i have been reading a book called Ghost Canoe by Will Hobbs,when i was looking for a book, i wanted a book that interested me and was about the outdoors, so i found this book and read the back of the cover and it sounded good so i started to read it but as i got halfway through the book it started to get boring because the same thing that went on in the beginning happened all throughout the book where he was trying to find out about the murder that happened and find out about the canoe whic Well i have been reading a book called Ghost Canoe by Will Hobbs,when i was looking for a book, i wanted a book that interested me and was about the outdoors, so i found this book and read the back of the cover and it sounded good so i started to read it but as i got halfway through the book it started to get boring because the same thing that went on in the beginning happened all throughout the book where he was trying to find out about the murder that happened and find out about the canoe which bored me because it was nothing like what i like to read about. At the beggining of the book their is a boy named Nathan MacAllister that is fourteen years old and he stays with them and learns many new things like how to hunt and fish with the indian tribe. Throughout the book Nathan is waliking around in the sand along the river and finds some footsteps, so he wants to find out where they came from. Also he finds a canoe but its not just an ordinary canoe, its a ghost canoe that has indian artifacts in it. Then Nathan notices a "hairy man" in the village but Nathan has no clue why he is their until he found out that he was looking for the "Ghost Canoe" with artifacts in it that he had found already. In the end Nathan finds out that Jack Khane was the killer in the murder. But I wouldn't recommend this book to a friend of mine just because of how boring this book was.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Shrimpo

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book was about a 14 year old boy named Nathan MacAllister. He lives on the Tatoosh Island with his mom and dad. But him and his mom move to Neah bay because shes sick and needed to go to a place were she would get better. Once Nathan gets to Neah bay somebody comes to buy the village store. Once he comes alot of wierd things start to happen. Somebody money was stolen, there was a shipwreck and all the crew died except for the captain who went ashore, but then he was murdered. Then Nathan su This book was about a 14 year old boy named Nathan MacAllister. He lives on the Tatoosh Island with his mom and dad. But him and his mom move to Neah bay because shes sick and needed to go to a place were she would get better. Once Nathan gets to Neah bay somebody comes to buy the village store. Once he comes alot of wierd things start to happen. Somebody money was stolen, there was a shipwreck and all the crew died except for the captain who went ashore, but then he was murdered. Then Nathan suspects Kne the store owner of the murder of the the theift. Nathan finds out that Kane is looking for a treasure so he goes out and trys to steal what he is looking for which is another map. While in the forest looking for the map he gets caught by Kane. But Nathan's freind Lighthouse George saves him.But Kane gets awaay from them so Nathan, George and other people from the village go after him. Once they get to Kane he starts to climb a cliff buts he falls off and dies.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    This is by far the BEST book I have ever read! It is a mystery and adventure book. There is a boy who lives near a lighthouse and when he learns about some ancient Native American game pieces, he is hooked on them. But, he learns later that they are valuable and people are out to steal them. He soon learns that there is a pair of them up in an old tree in a burrial. He then has to steal them to protect them from the burrial before the theifs can get a hold of them. I'm not going to give away the This is by far the BEST book I have ever read! It is a mystery and adventure book. There is a boy who lives near a lighthouse and when he learns about some ancient Native American game pieces, he is hooked on them. But, he learns later that they are valuable and people are out to steal them. He soon learns that there is a pair of them up in an old tree in a burrial. He then has to steal them to protect them from the burrial before the theifs can get a hold of them. I'm not going to give away the ending but he has to figure out many secrets about the game pieces. This is a great book and I recommend it to everyone.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Erik B.

    2/14/11 I have just started the book and i am on pg. 6 It is a slow start as Nathan is working hard to keep his farmhouse alive. Since the book has only just startes, it is slow, but it will heat up! 2/24/11 I am on pg 73 but i will read more. Nathan witnesses a shipwreck. The next day the beach near him has mysterious footprints. Nathan goes on a journey into the woods, were he finds an ancient burial; a man lying in a canoe.... in a tree!!!!! He makes his way to a cave were he thinks he sees a pers 2/14/11 I have just started the book and i am on pg. 6 It is a slow start as Nathan is working hard to keep his farmhouse alive. Since the book has only just startes, it is slow, but it will heat up! 2/24/11 I am on pg 73 but i will read more. Nathan witnesses a shipwreck. The next day the beach near him has mysterious footprints. Nathan goes on a journey into the woods, were he finds an ancient burial; a man lying in a canoe.... in a tree!!!!! He makes his way to a cave were he thinks he sees a person, but runs away before he finds out. Since I have last posted, I have read a lot, but these are the main events. As I predicted this would start heating up!

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