The Boatman

-- by Kat Hawthorne

Isabel Wixon is weird. Not only does she see dead things, but her list of friends consists of a talkative ventriloquist’s dummy and the gentlemanly spider that lives in her hair.

Real friends? Too hard. Inventing friends is much easier.

Inventing the Boatman—a terrible monster that lures kids into a strange sleeping sickness and never lets them go—probably wasn’t one of her better ideas though.

The Boatman Discussion Guide

The Oddity by Kat Hawthorne


About the Author

Kat Hawthorne is a nerd times three. Besides writing, she enjoys creating visual art and playing her cello. She is mother to three small boys, who are unwittingly the inspiration for her need to write.


"An absolute delight" - The Haunted Reading Room's review


"Ms. Hawthorne has not only created an amazing story, but she's created a character in which my daughter could relate to" - Heather Fleet's review


"Deliciously creepy" - Tonja Drecker's review


"An excellent, entertaining choice for any young reader" - Chelsi's review


"A beautifully illustrated children's novel" - Lynda Stevens's review


"Elegantly written, at times touching, with humour to boot" - Tathagata Chattopadhyay's review


"Definitely recommend it" - Alexandra Jimenez's review


"A mild horror story for the beginning horror fan" - Chris's review


"Such a lovely book" - Asma-E-Safa's review


"A whimsical children’s horror. A perceptual treat" - Allyson Aritcheta's review


"The illustrations are amazing. The storytelling will draw you in and take you on Isabel's journey with her" - Margi's review


"You'll love [Kat Hawthorne's] characters - Nitoy Gonzales's review


"There are lessons to be learned from Izzy for everyone" - Maryellie's review


"Wonderfully written" - Yaritza's review



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