By now, twelve-year-old Spirit Holden should have inherited the family gift: the ability to see the future. But when she holds a house key in her hand like her dad does to read its owner’s destiny, she can’t see anything. Maybe it’s because she can’t get over the loss of her beloved dog, Sky, who died mysteriously. Sky was Spirit’s loyal companion, one of the wild dogs that the local islanders believe possess dangerous spirits. As more dogs start dying and people become sick, too, almost everyone is
convinced that these dogs and their spirits are to blame—except for Spirit. Then Sky’s ghost appears, and Spirit is shaken. But his help may be the key to unlocking her new power and finding the cause of the mysterious illness before it’s too late.
Booklist Starred Review: “Cohn has crafted a winsome protagonist with Spirit and a rich, unique setting in Bald Island. Themes of belonging, standing up for what is right, and wildlife conservation pervade this strong debut.” -Booklist
“An inventive story with a fresh setting and an upstanding moral compass.” – Kirkus Reviews
“A delightfully original plot . . . The island setting is unique, and the people that inhabit it are well worth getting to know. This book will strike a chord with fans of Kate DiCamillo’s Because of Winn Dixie.” – School Library Journal
“The indomitable Sky, a fiercely loyal doggie companion even as a ghost, is a surprisingly rich character, and his guidance and comforting presence saves Spirit, literally and figuratively more than once. Fans of Ingrid Law’s quirky and elegant Savvy will find Spirit is an equally memorable protagonist seeking to turn her untamed powers into a true gift.” – The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Spirit’s Key is a lovely work, tying together coming of age, heartache, hope, friendship and loss with just a touch of White Fang and magic….Spirit’s Key remains on my shortlist for best new Middle Grade titles of the year.” –Tor.com
“This delightful novel puts together a typical girl-and-her-dog story with a touch of magic, creating a strong debut for Cohn. The tween audience will find this animal story magical.” –Voya Magazine