The Legend of Ghost Dog Island

The Legend of Ghost Dog Island✈ [PDF / Epub] ✅ The Legend of Ghost Dog Island By Rita Monette ✸ – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk Behind every legend lies the truthMoving is nothing new for ten year old Nikki Landry Her fisherman father relocates their raggedy old houseboat several times a year in search of better crabbing spots Behind every legend lies the of Ghost eBook ✓ truthMoving is nothing new for ten year old Nikki Landry Her fisherman father relocates their raggedy old houseboat several times a year in The Legend PDF/EPUB ² search of better crabbing spots However their latest move has brought her to a mysterious bayou where she feels something is watching her from a nearby islandNikki learns of Legend of Ghost PDF/EPUB ë a local legend about something sinister inhabiting those swamps stealing the souls of dogswhich would explain the strange howling sounds Papa reassures her there’s nothing on the island but gators and snakes He would know He’s spent his whole life trapping and fishing those bayous and swamps But Nikki and her new friends uncover strange happenings from years ago that may have started the old legend and town folks aren’t talking Then her beloved beagle goes missingJoin Nikki as she seeks to discover the real truth behind The Legend of Ghost Dog Islandbefore it’s too late. If you appreciate atmosphere in your historical mystery this would be a great choice Ms Monette took me back to my own childhood when I visited the bayou country of Louisiana She does a great job of maintaining an authentic MG voice throughout this tale of a young girl trying to solve a mystery and trying to find her place in the world Her characters are three dimensional even her little dog Snooper who proved to be just as plucky as his mistress I bought this book for myself as a Christmas gift and I enjoyed it very much If you are a fan of mystery novels similar to Trixie Belden or Nancy Drew you will love this book Rita Monette is a very gifted story teller and her illustrations are beautiful Her gift for capturing the essence of the Louisiana bayou and its Cajun people adds a wonderful layer to this story The characters are well developed and the mystery is intriguing enough for adults I felt for the lead character Nikki Landry Nikki is initially reluctant to make friends because her family has a history of moving She does make friends however and hears of the legend of Ghost Dog Island Nikki and her new friends decide to explore the island because what kid wouldn’t? and uncover pieces to a long ago mystery which may have started the legend But when Nikki’s dog Snooper disappears the legend becomes all too real for her Nikki and her new friends are not only plunged into a mystery but must find her dog before it's too late Without ever leaving the confines of my comfy chair Rita Monette transported me back to Louisiana circa 1956 and into 10 year old Nikki Landry’s world A carefully crafted love story about a girl and her dog Monette stirs up her brand of literary gumbo using uniue smells and settings while creating believable characters with a flavor of down home dialogue Add a spicy mixture of an old legend topped with delectable mannerisms and savory Cajun slang and you’ve got yourself one heck of a mouth watering read for middle graders through to adultThe Legend of Ghost Dog Island would be a great addition in any classroom setting to learn and study about the history of the Cajun people and life on the Louisiana bayous in mid twentieth century My stomach is already starting to grumble for Ms Monette’s next installment Without ever leaving the confines of my comfy chair Rita Monette transported me back to Louisiana circa 1956 and into 10 year old Nikki Landry’s world A carefully crafted love story about a girl and her dog Monette stirs up her brand of literary gumbo using uniue smells and settings while creating believable characters with a flavor of down home dialogue Add a spicy mixture of an old legend topped with delectable mannerisms and savory Cajun slang and you’ve got yourself one heck of a mouth watering read for middle graders through to adultThe Legend of Ghost Dog Island would be a great addition in any classroom setting to learn and study about the history of the Cajun people and life on the Louisiana bayous in mid twentieth century My stomach is already starting to grumble for Ms Monette’s next installment Originally posted at Nikki Landry lives in the same home she was born in but she has moved several times each and every year of her life She lives with her mother father and younger brother on a houseboat and her father relocates them freuently as he searches for the best crabbing spots Nikki hates moving She no sooner starts making friends when she is uprooted once again The latest move to a really mysterious bayou takes her from her best friend Lydia and forces her to start over yet again in a new school If that weren’t enough Nikki thinks she is being watched by something on a nearby islandRita Monette has spun a wonderful mystery based on the life of the Cajun people in Louisiana during the mid 1950’s The reader is immediately drawn into life along the Bayou The characters are believable and the hardships of life aboard an old houseboat where the family is living in poverty and the father is doing his best to keep things together is portrayed with sensitivity and compassion Monette details clearly Nikki’s trials as she tries yet again to adjust to a new school make friends and avoid a bully Nikki’s bond to her beagle Snooper is shown as a vital element in Nikki’s life providing companionship and stability through all the family’s moves So when Snooper goes missing and there is a legend of someone on the nearby island stealing dog’s souls the reader is right there following Nikki into danger as she hunts for Snooper and tries to solve the mystery of the island with the strange howling soundsI really enjoyed this book and I think Monette has done an excellent job of capturing a time and place now gone The issue of language for instance is shown as Nikki wants to learn Cajun French after hearing her father and others speaking it This novel is set during the time when it was illegal to speak French in public The laws changed in 1961 but for Nikki learning French was like a forbidden fruitMonette also describes in mouth watering detail the food that was common for the Cajun community She uses a number of words common to this part of Louisiana as well and she provides a brief glossary at the beginning of the novel defining the terms I found that this techniue of using a glossary first but then letting the words flow naturally in the novel was most effective Monette’s own drawings scattered throughout the novel are most effective in showing Nikki’s world I really think that Monette’s readers will find it easy to learn about the Cajun people as they read a suspenseful story with plenty of action The ending ties things up a bit too neatly but it is satisfying to have everyone sorted satisfactorilyI think that this novel would be a fun read for anyone from middle school upwards It is a very good story in its own right In addition I could really see this being used in a classroom with the possibilities for many teaching moments Legend of Ghost Dog Island is the story of ten year old Nikki Landry who has just shifted to a mysterious bayou full of tales of a mysterious werewolf and the unknown but very frightening howling sound that pierces the calm often here Intrigued by the stories but also afriad Nikki is trying to adjust to a new place when her beloved dog goes missing Determined to find him she will have to uncover the truth about the myths of the Ghost Dog Island firstIs there really something mysterious and dangerous out there?Are the myths true?Where is her beloved beagle?Can she find it before it's too late?bThis book reminded me of Enid Blyton's mysteries that I really loved as a child and do even today The cover and title is reminiscent of those old childhood favourites and because of this I got attracted towards the book initially Then the blurb had me captivated and eager to read the bookThis is my first book by Rita Monette and I loved her writing She describes the bayou in a lively yet mysterious light and had me visualizing the eerie sounds and atmosphere there The culture and lifestyle of people in 1950s who spoke Cajun French was a novelty to me and I thoroughly enjoyed their language the intricate details about their lives in 1950s time span in which the story is set and salivated over the delicious sounding food The author has included a glossary telling us about some Cajun French words and I loved knowing about a new languageThe characterization is reminiscent of the Famous Five Secret Seven and other Blyton's bestselling mysteries I loved Nikki She is strong inuisitive daring loyal and yet has the innocence I loved in my characters as a child Her curiosity mingled with fear of the unknown over the mysterious happenings near her had me feeling like I was living each and every moment in the story with her The thrill of trying to solve a mystery the strength to take risks and the eagerness to know what happened next had me sitting at the edge of my seat throughoutNikki's family is sweet and I liked her father who told her stories of legends myths and even some fiction just to entertain her Her mother is strict and yet loving while her brother had me smiling at his cutesy baby talkThe sketches included in the book are lovely and added appeal to the story The whole atmosphere of mystery is maintained and the pace moderated admirably to keep the reader entertainedAll in all The Legend of Ghost Dog Island is a lovely and very entertaining mystery that will be loved not only by children but also adults 4 out of 5 to it and recommended to all Enid Blyton style mystery lovers I loved the author's style and will be checking out her other books too She is talented and an author you should checkoutI received the book from the author and the tour organizers and I am very thankful to them The above review is my honest and unbiased opinion and in no way influenced Nikki Landry is no stranger to moving Her family moves whenever her father decides it's time for a new crabbing location which is freuently They live on a houseboat in the bayou of Louisiana making the moves a whole bunch easier than if they lived on land Except it isn't easy for 10 year old Nikki This time she doesn't want to make any new friends There isn't any point since they probably won't stay here for any length of time That doesn't last long however after she hears the Legend of Ghost Dog Island The island in uestion is uite near where her home is docked and she's sure that she's being watched by someoneNikki and her new friends are curious about the legend and the island yet move folks are reluctant to speak about it The kids decide at that point that the only way to see what's going on is to explore the island It's only after their scarefest do they get someone to finally open up about the island a convent and long ago tales of suspected witchcraft The legend becomes all to real when Nikki's dog Snooper disappears In Nancy Drew style Nikki and her friends go on the hunt for Snooper before he becomes part of the legendThe Legend of Ghost Dog Island is a mystery geared toward middle grade children That being said it is also a perfect book for adults who love #MG #YA or #NancyDrew style books I for one am a huge fan of Nancy Drew My About Me section of this blog says it all I also have a picture of my late kitty protecting my Nancy Drew books Rita Monette does an excellent job bringing Nikki and her friends alive between the pages of this book The world building is circa the 1950's and includes certain fashions penny loafers poodle skirts etc of the time As the book is based in the bayous of Louisiana Rita includes dialect native to the area along with characters who speak French For ease of the reader the beginning of the book contains a glossary as wellThis book was well developed characters mystery plot and written well I was engaged from the very beginning and the entire story flowed I would recommend this to anyone who has children that love mysteries and to all adults that do tooReview copy supplied to me at no cost in exchange for an honest review All thoughts and opinions are my own Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' FavoriteThe Legend of Ghost Dog Island Nikki Landry Swamp Legends is an adventure for children by Rita Monette Ten year old Nikki is sad because her father a fisherman has to move their houseboat to another town along the bayou where the crabbing is better She meets Patti and Spike from the new school and hears the scary tale of a swamp creature that steals dogs’ spiritsNikki finds an old bottle containing a cryptic poem and a key and notices lights coming from Ghost Dog Island She and her friends explore the island and Nikki finds an old journal that the key opens When her dog Snooper disappears Nikki believes the swamp monster has snatched him and goes to the island to search but meets the ghost living thereRita Monette’s Nikki Landry Swamp Legends is a terrific series for pre teens who love adventure and mystery stories The Legend of Ghost Dog Island is sure to delight readers with its heroine Nikki Landry She is a tomboy who dislikes wearing dresses likes climbing trees and sometimes lets her curiosity lead her into danger If you like reading The Bobbsey Twins stories then you will like the Nikki Landry Swamp Legends This story is entertaining lively and is written from Rita Monette’s fond memories of the bayou while growing up in southwest Louisiana She has included a glossary of Cajun French words Author Notes on The Cajun People of Louisiana and nicely drawn sketches The book is fun to read and is highly recommended Nikki Landry and her friends are wonderfulStep back in time to a cleaner better placewhere the children can run free and find the answers to legends and mysteries the characters are well roundedsuch a lovely series to wrapped up inthank you for this series The Legend of Ghost Dog Island is geared toward middle grade but is also a uick entertaining read for adults The characters are well developed and Nikki drives the story with her wit determination and her uest for the truthLess than two hundred pages it has easy enough words to understand for a middle grader yet the suspense and the addition of Nikki's dog will keep young readers enthralled as the story unfolds While I was expecting the ending there were a few unexpected twists and surprises that I enjoyed The Bayou is richly detailed and gives authenticity to the setting Recommend