The Vanishing Act

By Mette Jakobsen
(W. W. Norton & Company, Paperback, 9780393345933, 218pp.)

Publication Date: June 2013

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the September 2012 Indie Next List
“Minou is a 12-year-old girl who lives on a tiny, snow-covered island with her philosopher father, Boxman the magician, a dog called No-Name, and Priest. When a dead boy washes up on the island, Minou makes a connection between the boy's arrival and her mother's disappearance a year earlier. Using philosophy along with the power of her imagination, Minou tries to uncover the truth behind her mother's absence. What she discovers is haunting and unforgettable. The Vanishing Act is a charming, fable-like story, beautifully told, and filled with magic!”
-- Valerie Arroyo, Brewster Book Store, Brewster, MA

On a small snow-covered island live twelve-year-old Minou, her philosopher Papa, a priest, Boxman the magician, and a clever dog called No-Name. A year earlier Minou s mother left the house wearing her best shoes and carrying a large black umbrella. She never returned. Can her mother s mysterious disappearance be explained by the equally enigmatic appearance of a dead boy, washed up on the beach one year later? Unwilling to accept her mother s death, Minou embarks on an investigation that will teach her the truth about loss and love, in a story that is uniquely enchanting."

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  1. Each of the characters has a personal philosophy that colors how they view what happens in their lives. How do those philosophies explain who each of them is?

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