"The Water Seeker" by Kimberly Willis Holt. Ages 12 and up. Henry Holt and Co. $16.99.SETTING OUT WEST in a wagon train, Amos Kincaid and his friends and family leave behind a trail of discarded furniture that is too heavy to make the trip: "chifforobes, trunks and rocking chairs littered the prairie." But there are some things Amos can't leave behind so easily. He's followed by the watchful spirit of his mother, who died in childbirth; by the flocks of birds that are drawn to him; and by mysterious talents for drawing and dowsing.
"The Water Seeker" mixes the mystical with the grueling, everyday detai...