Abandoned: Towns Without People

Why would families living in a California mining town suddenly leave all of their possessions and abandon their homes? Similarly, why would a group of Native Americans who had spent years carving a hidden village into the side of a rocky plateau leave their dwellings? In this compelling new series, readers will learn all about unique, historic towns that have suddenly or mysteriously been abandoned. Dramatic, true stories and spooky tales will keep students on the edge of their seats as they trace the history of the town and learn about why it was abandoned. Large color photos, maps, and fact boxes enrich the exciting stories. Written in narrative format, this series is sure to keep readers hungry for more exciting real-life tales.

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Title   ATOS Format Qty
Abandoned: Towns Without People (4 titles)
Bodie: The Town that Belongs to Ghosts 5.0
Cliff Dwellings: A Hidden World 5.8
Roanoke Island: The Town that Vanished! 5.1
Salton Sea Resort: Death in the Desert 5.2
Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 7
Reading Level Grade 3
Dewey 975.6'175-979.4'99
Lexile 810-1000
ATOS Reading Level 5.0-5.8
Guided Reading Level Q
Language English
Publisher BearPort Publishing
Format Library bound
ISBN 9781627245203
Copyright 2015
Number of Pages 32
Dimensions 8 x 10
Graphics Full-color photographs, Historical photographs, Full-color illustrations
  • 2016 Teachers' Choice Award, Winner, 2016

School Library Connection Review for Abandoned! Towns Without People

Each title begins with a brief introduction posing how once busy locations became abandoned; each book likewise ends with a comparison of then and now. Split into colorful two-page spreads, this series will appeal to readers who enjoy unsolved mysteries or learning about unusual episodes in history. Some of the stylistic illustrations, layout choices, and conclusions are intended to lend a spooky element to the series, with mixed results. Bibliography. Glossary. Index. Recommended

The Horn Book Guide Review for Abandoned! Towns Without People

Despite a rather sensationalized title, this series is genuinely fascinating. Each book traces the history of a now-deserted town, explaining its population boom, possible reasons for decline, and what each abandoned place is like today. With interesting historical and contemporary photos and well-placed
sidebars, these are solid places to begin research on some of America’s stranger places.
Reading list. Bib., glos., ind.

Booklist Review for Bodie: The Town That Belongs to Ghosts

Bodie, the California ghost town that was born and died because of the American gold rush, stars in this thorough visual and informational installment in the Abandoned! Towns without People series. The Wild West setting is appealing enough, but the dramatic rise and fall of Bodie, particularly the incendiary loss of the majority of its buildings—thanks to a petulant Depression-era schoolboy—makes for an engaging story. The spare but substantive text in accessible language is well matched by the many photos of Bodie’s past and present, as well as sketches and historical drawings, and the layout, heavy with graphics and sidebars that make for easy browsing, is a real draw. A side-by-side “Then and Now” spread helps visualize the passage of time, and comprehensive back matter provides resources for additional research.

School Library Journal Review for Abandoned! Towns Without People

This series lets readers visit the remains of four abandoned places, from the pre-Columbian Mesa Verde ruins to the 20th-century Salton Sea resort in California. All are geographically isolated locations, and their stories emphasize the importance of geographical factors, such as natural resources, in their rise and decline. Books share a common format of double-page “chapters” that provide general information and discuss topics unique to each place’s history and geography as well as some of the associated mysteries, legends, and ghost stories. Brief sidebars add interesting tidbits, and “Now and Then” pages compare the sites during their heydays and today. Outstanding contemporary site photos and period images found throughout are a major strength. Readers will be fascinated with the mysterious remnants of these ghostly places. VERDICT: A strong buy for libraries serving middle grade readers.