Title: Ghost of Manitowish Waters
Author: G.M. Moore
Publish Date: September 9, 2015
Type: Young Fiction Book Rating: Clean
Pages: 216 Avid Reader Time: 1.05 hours
Rating: **Target audience: Middle Grades**
Fifteen-year-old Tess O’Brien finds her life inexplicably intertwined with the rebellious teen Cain Mathews and the conflicted Wesley Thayer as they search the vast Wisconsin woodlands for a mystical albino deer herd.
An ominous curse, a mysterious fog and villainous poachers plague their journeys as the three struggle to come to terms with their lives, their parents and the wilderness they love.
Filled with page-turning action and suspense, Ghosts of Manitowish Waters is a coming of age story about finding your own path and following it. It’s a lesson in knowing when to obey your parents and when to have the courage to defy them.
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First I am not the target audience for this book. It is targeted at middle school age. But do not let that stop you from reading. Ghost of Manitowish Waters is a clean coming of age story revolving around two teens on a destined adventure. Tess, a girl with a tragic accident making her only parent over protective to the ninth degree, breaking free and Cain, a misguided teen learning more of his family history and culture. Their quest is to deliver an albino baby deer to a safe place in the face of dangerous obstacles. But there is as many people to help as there is to hinder.
The characters are believable and information regarding them trickle throughout the book. Not once did I question if it was possible for them to make it. There was realistic parental worry and police involvement when Tess is found missing. G.M Moore writes well and stays spot on with the targeted audience even winning over the older crowd. GoMW is evenly paced and has solid world building. It’s a sweet, slow burn adventure novel. I enjoyed the storyline and all of the characters. The cultural information is interesting and make it for a unique approach to this coming of age story.
The cover is pretty, but doesn’t do the book justice. Also, there wasn’t that many ghosts. The title and description makes you think that are actual ghosts. There was a short mention towards spirits in a cemetery. But it really doesn’t explain why (besides the obvious) why the deer were called Ghosts. But towards the end, there is a creepy ghost vibe. Overall, not too many complaints regarding this book. GoMW was immersive and well thought out plot-wise. I give 4 out of 5 stars.