The Disappearing Island by Corinne Demas

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"Can an island disappear?"Carrie wonders about the mysterious island that her grandmother plans to take her to on her ninth birthday, a place that is visible only at low tide and the rest of the time remains a secret beneath the waves. When they finally make the trip to the island off the coast of Cape Cod, Carrie is amazed to find that it's nothing more than a flat stretch of beach in the middle of the sea. But as she and her grandmother set out to explore, Carrie discovers many treasures -- a broken brick in the sand, a piece from a lighthouse -- all traces of an island community that is long gone. The greatest treasures of all, though, are her grandmother's stories, which bring the past to life for Carrie -- and help her to appreciate the beauty and power of nature.Illustrated with watercolors that are as brilliant as a summer day, "The Disappearing Island" captures the joy of sharing a secret place with someone special.

About Corinne Demas

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Corinne Demas is the author of several children's books (written under the name Corinne Demas Bliss), including Matthew's Meadow, also illustrated by Ted Lewin, as well as numerous short stories and books for adults. In addition to being a writer, Corinne is a Professor of English at Mount Holyoke College. She was inspired to write about Billingsgate Island after visiting it one summer with her family. Corinne lives in western Massachusetts with her family, including a dog, rabbit, and miniature donkey, and she summers on Cape Cod.
Published June 1, 2000 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Children's Books.

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Stories of islands that have disappeared beneath the sea have long exerted a powerful hold over the human imagination.

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