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The Water Seeker by Kimberly Willis Holt
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May 30, 2011

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Once again Holt has marvelous characterization of both children and adults; the reader really gets to know them and why they do what they do. Realistic, believable change is shown over time. The story is meandering as we follow Amos from birth to about 15; his was a difficult life, with his mother dying in childbirth, his father, Jake, a trapper who is gone for months; his aunt and caretaker struck fatally ill with smallpox. Eventually Jake has young Amos join him and his Shoshone wife as Jake dowses for settlers. Eventually, Jake, who has never been comfortable with his "gift" as water seeker decides to team up with an old trapping buddy and guide a wagon train west to Oregon. This is where the story picks up, as young Amos grows into young adulthood.

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