Book Description

The Town That Disappeared by Sandy Carlson

The Indie Book of the Day for 22nd of May, 2013!

Genre: Children’s, Historical

Act of Man or act of God? Just how many homes and friends does a kid have to lose in twelve years? Driven from his neighborhood during the Chicago fire of 1871, Adrian and his parents move to the Michigan wilderness where his father lands a job at the sawmill. The town is called Singapore – as if a name could make a tiny spit of a town into a great seaport. Back in Chicago, it was easy to keep his hobby a secret, even from his father. But in this small town, will people discover who the true knitter of the family is? Only his best friend, big R.T., keeps him level.  Adrian’s attempts to protect his new – and first – girlfriend, Elizabeth, from the school bully seem to backfire, especially when he hears Jake’s big brother, Otto the Monster, is heading to town. Then, just as Adrian starts to feel that Singapore is his home, he discovers the moving sand dunes along the Lake Michigan shore are slowly burying his town. He tries to stop it, but how can he fight both man and nature?

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Book Insight

  • File Size: 265 KB
  • Print Length: 142 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1481877488
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BN9JXM8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled

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I was born in Michigan, lived in Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, South Dakota, New York, and am now back in Michigan. I have traveled to all but two of our United States.

As a kid, I hated reading. I’d much rather of told stories to my friends. That said, I now love to read — did I mention love? — and have even became an author! I suppose my favorite author is C.S. Lewis. He wrote for both kids and adults, and was very smart. I’m even part of this huge organization called SCBWI — the Society for Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators. Yay!

As a kid, I hated school. I was always afraid I’d give the wrong answer. Besides, I’d much rather of been outside. Even so, I became a teacher… in schools.

I have climbed mountains, and swum in oceans. I cleaned oil off of turtles from the largest inland oil spill in USA history.  I’ve outrun a wildfire while backpacking, hid from a tornado in a basement, cleaned up debris from a hurricane, and outwalked the incoming tide at Fundy Bay.

Besides teaching 1st, 2nd, and 5th grades, as well as special education (K-8) and literacy, I have my master’s degree in guidance and counseling. AND I have substitute taught every age from preschool through eighth grade. I’ve also worked a camp counselor, and as a Youth Education Specialist for both a children’s garden and a natural history museum. I’ve led writing workshops for middle school and high schoolers.

I’ve always loved singing, but wasn’t too good on the piano. It was too big to carry around with me, anyway; so I taught myself how to play the guitar… so I could sing sort of on tune.

I have one husband, who is my very own hero, and two sons who are all grown up, and really cool. We’ve had lots of pets in our houses, but right now the only “pets” I have are our backyard animals – birds, black squirrels, rabbits, deer, raccoon, and lots of bugs.

What I like best is learning new things. And I like sharing things I learn… with you!

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