The Legend of Ghost Dog Island
by Rita Monette
Published by Musa Publishing
Behind Every Legend Lies the Truth
Moving 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. However, their latest move has brought her to a mysterious bayou where she feels something is watching her from a nearby island.
Nikki learns of a local legend about something sinister inhabiting those swamps, stealing the souls of dogs…which 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 missing.
Join Nikki as she seeks to discover the real truth behind the legend of Ghost Dog Island…before it’s too late.
Following is an interview of Nikki by one of Musa Publishing staff.
-So Nikki, what is your biggest fear?
My biggest fear is what might be in that swampy place Papa calls Ghost Dog Island. Does it really have a creature out there that steals dogs? Will it come after my best buddy, Snooper?
-What is your best or worst childhood memory?
Well, that can’t be too long ago, since I’m only ten. But when that gator got after my little brother and my dog tried to save him. That was pretty memorable.
-What would you say is your biggest strength? Weakness?
My biggest strength is that I am a good riddle solver. Just ask anyone. My biggest weakness is that I get myself in trouble sometimes by not telling the truth.
-What is your biggest pet peeve?
What’s a pet peeve? Is it something like a possum? I’ve never had one of those. I hear they are mean.
-Is honesty always the best policy?
I guess it is, since my Papa gets awful upset with me when I’m not. But sometimes I forget.
-If you were stranded on an island and could only have 3 things (items or people), what would you choose to have and why?
Island? I don’t want to be stranded on no island. I went out there to Ghost Dog Island with my friend, Spikes, and I wouldn’t want to be out there by myself, what with gators, snakes, and mosquitoes. But if I did get stranded, I’d want a flashlight for sure, and my dog, Snooper. A boat wouldn’t be a bad idea either.
To learn more about The Legend of Ghost Dog Island, Nikki, and her friends, go to http://ritamonette.com or http://ritamonette.blogspot.com