Rita Monette was born and raised in Southwest Louisiana and loves to write stories and blog about the beautiful, yet mysterious, bayous and swamps of her home state. Rita’s debut middle grade novel, The Legend of Ghost Dog Island, which depicts her Cajun childhood, is now available on Amazon. She now lives with her husband, four lap dogs, and one lap cat, in the mountains of Tennessee.
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.
“What an enthralling novel! I’m by no means a middle grade reader but there was no way I could stop reading to find out about the ‘ghost’ on the island. Eventually just before midnight I finished The Legend of Ghost Dog Island with a satisfied sigh.” – Mrs. Vonnie J. Hughes
“A must read for those interested in Cajun culture and mystery. Sure to be intriguing for any age group. Makes for a great bedtime story to read to the little ones!” – Galls
“I enjoyed reading Legend of Ghost Dog Island.
The characters are memorable, the plot interesting, lots of suspense and fun.
The book gathered steam as it went along… enhanced by some marvelous artwork. And I noticed the drawings were done by the author herself!
Recommended for middle grade and older.
Looking forward to more adventures of Nikki Landry.” – Karen F.