Lost on the Water

A Ghost Story

Young Adult - Coming of Age
213 Pages
Reviewed on 02/15/2019
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Author Biography

D. G. Driver is an optimist at heart, and that's why she likes to write about young people making an impact on the world. You'll find among her books a teen environmental activist, a young girl teaching people about autism acceptance and to stop bullying people with special needs, a princess who wants to be more than a prize for a prince, a boy who wins a girl's heart by being genuine and chivalrous, and a girl who discovers she can be a hero to a lost friend. She is a multi-award winning author of books for teens and tweens. When Driver isn't writing, she's a teacher at an inclusive child development program in Nashville, TN. She might also take a break from writing once in a while to strut the stage in a local theater production. You're guaranteed to find her belting out Broadway show tunes anytime she's driving.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Louanne Piccolo for Readers' Favorite

Teenage angst, unreasonable parents, family secrets and ghosts – Lost on the Water by D.G. Driver has it all, and more. Fourteen-year-old Dannie is uprooted from her home in California and sent to spend the summer with her grandmother in rural Tennessee. Almost immediately she runs into a group of local boys who invite her on an annual overnight kayaking trip for boys on an island. Dannie, the quintessential tomboy, lets the boys think she’s a boy and accepts the offer. Unfortunately, her grandmother forbids her from going. Dannie suspects it has little to do with the fact that she’s a girl and more to do with the fear she sees in her grandmother’s eyes. Will Dannie defy her grandmother and go on the trip?

Intriguing and suspenseful, Lost on the Water is well suited to a young adult audience. As an adult, the theme of social pressure, the search for independence, and the hankering for adventure brought back bittersweet memories of being a teenager. This exciting period following the childhood magic of tooth fairies and Santa Claus, when teenagers want to believe that just about anything is possible, is the ideal setting for a feel-good ghost story. During this period, the innocence of childhood still fuels the imagination and makes for a fast-paced and dramatic story line with a heart-warming, homespun tone. I loved Dannie’s quick wit, sharp tongue and tough attitude; her strong female character is evident in her sassy comebacks and made me like her instantly. D.G. Driver’s Lost on the Water features adventure, humor, intrigue and just the right amount of romance for a YA novel – a spectacular combination!