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The Town That Disappeared by [Carlson, Sandy]
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  • File Size: 500 KB
  • Print Length: 141 pages
  • Publisher: The Merry Viking Publishing House (January 20, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 20, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BN9JXM8
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While I am over 13 years old (5.3 times older), I found "The Town That Disappeared" to be a fun and informative read. If I would have had books like this when I was in elementary school, perhaps I would have enjoyed reading more. The chapters were small enough for someone who reads slow and has limited attention span to take a break often. I thought that knowing the chapters were short and someone wanting to know what was next would have prompted even the most reluctant reader to push forward. As I was reading, I often read the next chapter or two before putting it down. Loved the historical recap at the end about Singapore, MI that reinforced the picture painted by the story. The questions reviewing the story were good and forced me to recall facts about what I had read.

I think this book will be a fun read for any young reader. It might prompt them to do a little research into Michigan history on there own. I know it prompted me to do some Internet searching on Singapore, MI.

Sandy Carlson did a great job of building an interesting story around real history. Keep up the good work.
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I am reading The Town That Disappeared to my third grade class and we are all loving it! My students are excited as they hear historical references we have learned about in our studies, and they are enjoying the adventures of the main character, Adrian. I recommend this book to readers of all ages!
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I enjoyed this gentle middle grade story. There are a lot of historical novels about "famous" times and places--the Civil War, the Revolutionary War, New England, Victorian England, etc. But sometimes I just wonder about the rest of the US. This is a peek into Michigan in the late 1800s. Adrian comes to western Michigan after the Chicago fire destroys his house. His family is hopeful for a bright new future in the new town of Singapore. Adrian isn't sure at first that he wants to be there, but as he navigates school, a bully, friends, and even a girl he likes, he starts to feel at home--just as the shifting sand dunes threaten the town. The fact that this was a real place makes me want to someday visit and see what's left.
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After reading this book myself I knew I needed to buy it for my nephew who is 12. He could not put it down and called me right after finishing it to tell me how much he liked it. (I give them books for every birthday and have never received a call like that before!) A definite hit! I need to see more by this author--and so does my nephew!
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Twelve-year-old Adrian Bunter and his family are left homeless by the famous 1871 Chicago fire. They moved from relative to relative, finally ending up in Singapore, Michigan. A town nestled in the sand dunes of Lake Michigan where they shovel sand instead of snow.

Adrian misses the life he had in busy Chicago, but finally develops a friendship with a boy, R.T., that can make realistic animal sounds. Jake, the town bully, has it in for Adrian and as fate would have it the land they purchased is right next door to Jake's house.

You may find a change in tense now and again, but the plot will keep you engaged and the characters will cling to your memory.
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Living in Michigan, I was intrigued by the storyline about a town that got buried by the shifting sands along the shores of Lake Michigan. I've visited many of the towns and spots along the coast - but never knew the interesting history of 'how' and 'why' these now tourist towns came to be. To discover there is one just north of Saugatuck buried under these massive, moving dunes was a real revelation. The author does a great job telling the story of the last residents as they struggled against the forces of nature to save their homes and town. She does this through the eyes of the young people about to loose everything they had. A great storyteller, Ms. Carlson is able to make you 'feel' what it's like to struggle in a Michigan winter along the beautiful but brutal shoreline of the Big Lake. Perfect historic read for anyone who loves to read from 10 - 100. I would even think this book would make a great 'read-aloud' choice for parents and younger children not ready to tackle this much book. The book stayed with me long after putting it down, and next summer I intend to ride the Star of Saugatuck down the river and out into Lake Michigan, hoping to catch a glimpse of a rooftop peeking through the dunes to the north.
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It was a fast read but interesting and I loved the characters in it. The storyline really drew you in and made me have a connection with some of the people. A good fast read that I would suggest to others to read. Makes me want to know more on other things that happened in towns and written like this you can feel part of it.
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A book about innocence and adolescent awakening. but much beter than most of that genre.
many metaphors could be drawn from the book, thankfully the author wrote a sweet story about bitter times.
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