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Ghost Canoe (1997)

by Will Hobbs

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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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Will Hobbs NEVER disappoints! ( )
  RobertaLea | Jul 1, 2023 |
#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. ( )
  bnbookgirl | Mar 31, 2020 |
Old Children's Book. Liked it as a kid, but haven't read it in years. ( )
  odinblindeye | Apr 2, 2013 |
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 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. ( )
  chinquapin | Mar 25, 2011 |
Not quite as exciting as reviews led me to expect but still a good mystery. ( )
  Unkletom | Mar 11, 2010 |
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to John and Joyce Loftus fellow travelers on this journey
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