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)
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Page 172 - Upon one occasion, at Petersburg, during a severe artillery fire, a gallant fellow with more humor than prudence — jumped upon the parapet, and pointing to a shell then passing over, exclaimed: "A little more to the right, a little more to the right, the quartermasters are down behind that hill.
Page 77 - Nathan began to breaststroke toward it, alongside Lighthouse George, who was keeping a close watch on him to see if he was as strong a swimmer as he'd claimed.
Page 195 - The great canoes are once again being carved from Western red cedar trees by native people, including the contemporary Makah, from Washington State up through British Columbia to southeast Alaska, and paddled on the waters of the Pacific. They are a sight to see.