Meg McKinlay
Secrets have a way of floating to the surface. . . . Mystery, compelling characters, and an abandoned town beneath a lake make for a must-read adventure.On the day Cassie was born, they drowned her town. The mayor flipped a lever and everyone cheered as Old Lower Grange was submerged beneath five thousand swimming pools’ worth of water. Now, twelve years later, Cassie feels drawn to the manmade lake and the mysteries it hides — and she’s not the only one. Her classmate Liam, who wears oversized swim trunks to cover the scars on his legs, joins Cassie in her daily swims across the off-limits side of the lake. As the summer heats up, the water drops lower and lower, offering them glimpses of the ghostly town and uncovering secrets one prominent town figure seems anxious to keep submerged. But like a swimmer who ventures too far from shore, Cassie realizes she can’t turn back. Can she bring their suspicions to light before it’s too late — and does she dare?

Book Details


  • Fiction

Age Level: 

  • 8 - 12
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Cassie was born on the day they drowned her town. When she is twelve years old, she and Liam, a boy who, when he was a newborn, survived a tragic accident, find out a secret about the man-made lake that her town is now submerged in. One person in particular does not want the two kids to find out about what happened. Cassie and Liam need to find a way to get proof of the secret before it's too late...

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Below by Meg McKinlay is the story of a girl named Cassie who was born on the day that her town, Old Lower Grange, was intentionally hidden beneath five thousand swimming pools' worth of water.  Cassie was brought home to a superficially replicated version of the town, called New Lower Grange, where life went on and the new town was filled with old memories.  Cassie's tale is twisted with story of Liam, a boy  in Cassie's class with a haunted past, and the two of them work together to uncover the secrets hidden in Old Lower Grange.  

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