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Lost on the Water

4.57  ·  Rating details ·  21 ratings  ·  15 reviews
One girl’s daring adventure turns into a long frightful night lost on the water.

Against her wishes, Dannie has to leave the California beach behind to spend the summer with her grandma in rural Tennessee. Things look up when a group of local boys invite her on an overnight kayaking trip. When her grandma refuses to let her go, Dannie finds an old rowboat hidden behind the
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Published July 6th 2018 by Melange Books, LLC (first published June 21st 2018)
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Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: request-author
I feel a bit odd whenever it’s time to review one of this author’s books. She is undeniably talented, so it’s nothing bad. Her books are always easy reads that gently lull you into her world. I know going in that I’m going to like the characters, that they’re going to feel believable, and that nothing too bad is going to happen in it. They’re peaceful reads that you could easily hand to a middle-grader without worrying at all about appropriateness.

In short, they’re the direct opposite of 95% of
Cathy Ryan
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, supernatural, suspense
The last place Dannie wants to spend a good portion of her summer holiday is in rural Tennessee with her grandmother, while her parents spend two weeks in Paris. She should be hanging out with her friends at the beach, seeing movies and playing the arcade games at the pier. It’s not that she doesn’t love her grandma…but she just doesn’t want to be in what she considers to be a boring place with a distinct lack of activities and where the shops shut on Sunday. Grandma’s cabin is set near a large ...more
Caroline Akervik
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lost On the Water by D. G. Driver was an unexpected find for me. It is a gentle journey into the world of the undead.

Dannie, or Danielle, a surfer girl from California, has been deposited by her parents with her grandmother for two weeks while they go to Paris. Dannie is not your typical young teen protagonist. She is at that androgynous age when she can “pass” as a boy. She is a tomboy with an attitude who, though possessing a good heart and intentions, has a rebellious streak. She is not thril
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
LOST ON THE WATER is the perfect summertime read, perfect for taking along to the pool, the beach, or especially the lake! The YA story is about Dannie, a California girl who is mightily miffed that her parents are dropping her off with her grandmother in Tennessee while they go to Europe. Dannie expects that her time on Center Hill Lake with her grandmother will be boring, but she experiences the complete opposite. She meets some local guys at the pizza place while playing video games and learn ...more
Laura Wolfe
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was excited to read this author’s new release, Lost on the Water, after reading her earlier fantasy novel, Cry of the Sea. Fans of MG/YA fantasy will enjoy this ghostly adventure.

Dannie is a strong female lead who spends most of the novel posing as a boy in order to be able to attend an annual boys-only campout on an island in the middle of a vast lake. Dannie is visiting her Grandma in rural Tennessee when she meets the boys and sets out in a rowboat she discovered in Grandma’s garage. It isn
Molly Lazer
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction-novels
I enjoyed this book, the first of Driver's that I have read. Dannie is a compelling protagonist, and her determination drives the story forward, even when it didn't go in the direction I expected it to based on the first few chapters. The search-and-rescue mission mounted in the second half of the book is extremely compelling, and Dannie's travails on the lake are thrilling but believable at the same time. The descriptions of the lake are particularly well done. The setting--the small town in wh ...more
Kid Book Reviewer
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thoughts: This book is fabulous. When I heard about Lost on the Water: A Ghost Story, I was thinking maybe I'd like the book. However, when I finished this book, I was thoroughly surprised and blown out of my mind. I love how D. G. Driver is able to make this book very feminist. For example, in Lost on the Water: A Ghost Story, the main character Dannie, a girl, goes to an all boys campout and does everything the boys do. Also, she is able to turn the campout, which has been all boys for decades ...more
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is a fantastic pre-teen, middle school ghost story. Dannie is a tomboy and when she visits her Grandma in Tennessee while her parents are in Paris, she meets a group of boys who invite her to the annual camp out on an island. They think she is a boy. But things go all wrong and the ghost of a boy who drowns seems to interfere. The author does a great job of pulling the reader into the boat with Dannie. She easily makes the main characters fully formed despite this being a shorter than norma ...more
Kester Nucum
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received a free electronic copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This will not affect my review in any way.

Honestly, I’m not the biggest fan of horror and ghost stories. While I think they’re really interesting, sometimes I just get too creeped out by movie trailers or book synopses. I did love D. G. Driver’s The Juniper Sawfeather Trilogy, so when she reached out to me about her latest novel—a ghost set in my home state of Tennessee—I could not resist
Mary Ruth
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved every bit of the book. The thing that captivated me into wanting to read this book in the first place was the cover. It was such a fun and easy read. It felt like something you would wanna read on a rainy day with a cup of hot chocolate.
I loved how well Dannie’s character captures that moody teenage vibe because that’s relatable to me as a person. It’s clear that Dannie wants to be who she wants to be and not what others expect her to be. That’s important to me because being in high sch
Allyson G
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was offered a copy of this book by the author to read for review purposes and I was intrigued to read Lost on the Water based on it's cover and title. I was in the mood for a spooky ghost read and this was what I was looking for. Driver sets her ghost story in the middle of small town life, where you have local legend playing out before your eyes. However, this is so much more than a ghost story. I was transported into a coming of age story with all the struggles and doubts you find yourself p ...more
Connie Huddleston
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Did you love to tell ghost stories as a child? Did they scare you “half to death?” D.G. Driver has written a modern ghost story set in Tennessee. California girl Dannie (real name Danielle) looks and acts like a boy and is mistaken for one when she visits her grandmother in rural Tennessee. Family secrets are revealed and mysteries abound as Dannie becomes involved in an overnight camping trip with local teens. This story just might become your go to “ghost story” for your next camping or teen e ...more
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First, I'll say this is a beautiful cover that catches the spirit (no pun intended) of the more eerie moments of this novel. This is such a pleasurable read, a bit of a coming of age story, in which Dannie discovers family secrets and inner strength and courage she was unaware of.

Driver perfectly captures the obstinate, sulky mood of teens quite well, and I found myself chuckling and nodding at Dannie's comments and behavior. Her determination to be herself and not what others envision is admira
Daisy White
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This has been on my reading pile for ages, so I was really excited to get around to some ghostly happenings at the right time of the year. The story evolves from your basic ghost story into a chilling and enjoyable teenage mystery. The author's portrayal of Dannie as a boyish, self-absorbed teen is bang on, and I love the descriptions and the hint at family secrets. ...more
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