Resource Details

NSSBB #: 2001452
ISBN: 9780864926401
Title: The Town That Drowned
Supplier: Goose Lane Editions
Published: 2011
Price: $19.95
Language: English
Origin: AC - Atl. Can.
Notes: Living with a weird brother in a small town can be tough enough. Having a spectacular fall through the ice at a skating party and nearly drowning are grounds for embarrassment. But having a vision and narrating it to the assembled crowd solidifies your status as an outcast.

What Ruby Carson saw during that fateful day was her entire town—buildings and people—floating underwater. Then an orange-tipped surveyor stake turns up in a farmer's field. Another is found in the cemetery. A man with surveying equipment is spotted eating lunch near Pokiok Falls. The residents of Haventon soon discover that a massive dam is being constructed and that most of their homes will be swallowed by the rising water. Suspicions mount, tempers flare, and secrets are revealed. As the town prepares for its own demise, 14-year-old Ruby Carson sees it all from a front-row seat.

Set in the 1960s, "The Town That Drowned" evokes the awkwardness of childhood, the thrill of first love, and the importance of having a place to call home. Deftly written in a deceptively unassuming style, this novel ripples in an amber tension of light and shadow.

The Town That Drowned - Riel Nason
Resource Type: Student Resource - Atlantic Canada
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English Language Arts/English Language Arts/English Language Arts 9 9 Fiction 1:C 09/26/2013