Ghost Canoe

Ghost Canoe

by Will Hobbs


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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 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)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780380725373
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/01/1998
Series: Avon Camelot Bks.
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 508,634
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.52(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Will Hobbs is the award-winning author of nineteen novels, including Far North, Crossing the Wire, and Take Me to the River.

Never Say Die began with the author's eleven-day raft trip in 2003 down the Firth River on the north slope of Canada's Yukon Territory. Ever since, Will has been closely following what scientists and Native hunters are reporting about climate change in the Arctic. When the first grolar bear turned up in the Canadian Arctic, he began to imagine one in a story set on the Firth River.

A graduate of Stanford University, Will lives with his wife, Jean, in Durango, Colorado.

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Ghost Canoe 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lighthouse George and a few others were going to an island so they took a canoe down the river. They got to the island finally after hitting all those rocks with the canoe. It took them two days to get there. When they got to the island they tied the rope to the tree so the canoe wouldn't get away. They got out and started to walk up the hill. They were looking for this guy named Kane that has lived on this island for years. Then they realized that they had forgotten the map in the canoe. So when they went back to get the map it was gone. They didn't know what happened to it. They thought one of them picked it up and put it in their pocket but none of them did. They figured out that Kane had taken it. After they figured out Kane took it they just picked directions to take it became night they built a fire and sat around the fire. They had one person stay up each night to make sure Kane or anybody came around while they were sleeping. Then after three nights of being out on the island they found Kane and captured him, and they took the map back for they could find their way back to the canoe. They finally got back to the canoe and untied it and went back down the river to where they came from finally they made it back and they was happy to get back to where they came from. When they got back they took Kane somewhere. I liked this story. It was a good story. I liked it because it made me interested to it that's the best story I've ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
That most of the books the will hobbs wrote have water on the front? He must like things that have to do with water. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved ghost canoe
jeremiah_B More than 1 year ago
The Ghost Canoe is a very good book if you like the outdoor sand a mystery. Nathan Mac Allister lived at Neah Bay. An outcast named Dolla Bill comes to town. Dolla Bill was a great juggler and good at sla hal an Native American game. A man named Kane comes and buys the general store. Kane finds a Spanish ter and starts to run away, when he’s about to get captured he throws 15 bars of gold in to the sea and grabs 4 bars and tried to climb 200 feet up a cliff. If you want to know what happens next you’ll have to read the book. I think that the Ghost Canoe is a very good book because I like the outdoors and mysteries. Also, I can relate with him because I moved.
Danielle Phillips More than 1 year ago
I liked thedescriptions
William Tipton More than 1 year ago
its really good i liked it
Team_C More than 1 year ago
I am reading this book for my english class and i think its so boring that y class is on the 10th chapter but i have not even read the 2nd chapter. To me, its just not that interesting. It's a bore. I have been looking for chapter reviews but i cannot find any cause im hoping that my teacher does not give us a quiz or a test. <3 mee (I HATE THIS BOOK)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book very much. At first it did not look interesting but after reading the first couple chapters it kept my attention. I would reccomend this book to anyone interested about the Makah Tribes and anyone who likes suspense and mystery. Nathan McAllister(Main Character) is very suspicious about the ship that wrecked and when he goes on his adventures is where the most suspense is. I think this is one of the best mystery books that I ever read. This was a good book and I look forward to reading another book by Will Hobbs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was a really good book i really enjoyed it
Guest More than 1 year ago
i enjoyed it very much,it was suspenseful and kept my attention. Will Hobbs is an excellent writer and i enjoy his books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm reading Ghost Canoe for a school project. No offense, but I think it's one of the most overrated books ever. The book uses far more words than necessary and there is very little tension in the plot. Bottom line: there is no real suspense. The plot was rather overwrought, really. I can't believe they gave this book an award for Best Mystery. Well, it was a good idea, but the story itself could have been much better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nathen McAllister the son of the Tatoosh light keeper. All the problems start when a ship crashes. Bodys start to wash up on shore, and there are footprints indicating a survivor of some kind. After words the trading post. Nathen finds many things when he fishes with a native. I would not be able to say anything bad about this book because I liked it so much. This book had lots of suspense.I would recommend to people who like mystery and suspense.
chinquapin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
Unkletom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not quite as exciting as reviews led me to expect but still a good mystery.
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