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Dianne Salerni : Writer of Teen and Middle Grade Fiction | Gina Review: Ghost Dog of Roanoke Island

Gina Review: Ghost Dog of Roanoke Island

My daughter Gina is here today with a review of GHOST DOG OF ROANOKE ISLAND, which she received for review from the author, C. K. Volnek.

The Ghost Dog of Roanoke Island is about a boy named Jack who lives on present day Roanoke Island with his dad. Rumor is there is a horrible monster that’s been running around. And Jack’s found it. The monster would’ve killed him except for a strange dog coming and fending the monster off.

Jack meets a Native American named Manny who knows all about the monster. He calls it the Witiku and says it’s from ancient times when English colonists were arriving. This is the thing that destroyed the people of Roanoke Island. Manny says Jack must be the one to kill the Witiku but first, Manny shows him visions of the Witiku and how it was created. The dog is legendary too and has been fighting off the monster since it was created. Can Jack defeat the Witiku? Or will it finish off Roanoke Island for the second time?

I would recommend this book to people who like to read books about magic. Anyone who knows the history of Roanoke Island would appreciate how cleverly it is worked into the story. However, the initial change between no magic and the magical visions was confusing to me. Manny throws a piece of wood in the fire and then he and Jack appear somewhere else. Up to that point, I thought the story could have been realistic fiction. Other than that one point, I thought this was a great book and a creative solution to the Roanoke mystery!

Thanks, Gina! I just want to add that I teach the Roanoke mystery in history class every year to my fifth grade students (in fact, Gina was in my history class last year for this unit!), and this is one solution to the mystery I never covered!

You can buy GHOST DOG OF ROANOKE ISLAND through Muse It Up Publishing or Amazon, and you can visit C.K. Volnek’s website here.

8 Responses to Gina Review: Ghost Dog of Roanoke Island

  1. Linda G. says:

    I do love stories with magic. Thanks for another great book review, Gina — I always appreciate your perspective. 🙂

  2. KrysteyBelle says:

    Great review! I love the mystery of Roanoke. I did a project on it in fifth grade. Of course, growing up near Williamsburg, the local history was sort of drilled into us. =)

  3. JEM says:

    Great review, Gina! I have always been fascinated by the Roanoke story, I can’t believe after all this time we STILL don’t know what happened. I think I know what your next book should be, Dianne…:)

  4. Charlie says:

    My many, many thanks to Gina for reviewing Ghost Dog of Roanoke Island. So glad you enjoyed the story. I was so intrigued with the real-life mystery, I had to come up with my own solution. 🙂

    Thanks again. What a wonderful review!
    C.K. Volnek

  5. Jane Dough says:

    Great Review Gina! I’ve met Charlie several times and her hard work on Ghost Dog has paid off – it is a wonderful read!!
    Jan Fischer Wade, YA Author

  6. Ooh, Roanoke has ALWAYS fascinated me. Great review!

  7. Magic and dogs? I’m in 🙂