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The Town That Disappeared

by Sandy Carlson

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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. ( )
  SharonWillett | Apr 15, 2013 |
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"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. Adrians attempts to protect his new and first girlfriend, Elizabeth, from the school bully seem to backfire, especially when he hears Jakes 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?"--P. [4] of cover.… (more)

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