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?
Targeted Age Group:
8-12 year old
How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
Historical fiction requires a LOT of research for both accuracy and to make it feel real.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Keep on learning the craft of writing better.
Never give up
Sandy Carlson was born in Michigan, lived in six other states, and is now back in Michigan. She is a long-time member of SCBWI, and participated in NaNoWriMo and several critique groups. She’s been published in many magazines, ezines, and newspapers, as well as two anthologies. She has gone on bison round-ups, outrun wildfires, hiked in deserts, climbed mountains, and swam in oceans. Sandy is a former elementary teacher, and now combines her love of writing and love of history to do school visits with her historical novel for middle grade students.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
When I first heard the story of Singapore, Michigan, and its getting buried by moving sand dunes, it was too interesting a tale to not write about.