Author: Edith Cohn
Synopsis: By now, twelve-year-old Spirit Holden should have inherited the family gift: the ability to see the future. But when she holds a house key in her hand like her dad does to read its owner’s destiny, she can’t see anything. Maybe it’s because she can’t get over the loss of her beloved dog, Sky, who died mysteriously. Sky was Spirit’s loyal companion, one of the wild dogs that the local islanders believe possess dangerous spirits. As more dogs start dying and people become sick, too, almost everyone is convinced that these dogs and their spirits are to blame—except for Spirit. Then Sky’s ghost appears, and Spirit is shaken. But his help may be the key to unlocking her new power and finding the cause of the mysterious illness before it’s too late.
Huge thank you to Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) and Netgalley for this ARC!
What an enchanting debut middle grade novel! I was completely hooked into the story of this book, especially because it’s about a young girl’s connection to his missing dog. Spirit’s family has the power to see the future, and the story really revolves around Spirit learning how to cope with being given a gift she might not have wanted in the first place.
What I loved the most about this book was genuine amount of emotion. Spirit is a surprisingly resourceful and intelligent young girl, but she’s equally shy and emotional as well. I adore young heroines who are very methodical, and Spirit is exactly that. I think the way Cohn weaved a lot of the relationships in this novel was also fantastically done — you get the sense that Spirit cares about everyone she encounters, even if she struggles to figure out how she can help them.
Also the relationship between Spirit and Sky? Perfection. Absolutely wonderful. I love dog stories and this one has a lot going for it, plus the ending completely broke my heart (in a good way). Cohn just has this magical way of weaving relationships in this story, and the writing is just so strong that it’s easy to be captivated by all the events and characters.
This is an amazing middle grade novel, and it’s one that will completely appeal to those who love stories of friendship and animals. It’s sweet, thoughtful, and above all else, an enchanting read.