Returning to Shore

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 6

Her mother’s third marriage is only hours old when all hope for Clare’s fifteenth summer fades. Before she knows it, Clare is whisked away to some ancient cottage on a tiny marsh island on Cape Cod to spend the summer with her father—a man she hasn’t seen since she was three.

Clare’s biological father barely talks, and when he does, he obsesses about endangered turtles. The first teenager Clare meets on the Cape confirms that her father is known as the town crazy person.

But there’s something undeniably magical about the marsh and the island—a connection to Clare’s past that runs deeper than memory. Even her father’s beloved turtles hold unexpected surprises. As Clare’s father begins to reveal more about himself and his own struggle, Clare’s summer becomes less of an exile and more of a return.

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Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 6
Genre Young Adult
Copyright 2014
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Lab ®
Language English
Number of Pages 208
Publication Date 2014-03-01
Reading Counts! Level 4.7
Text Type Fiction
BISACS YAF018000, YAF018030, YAF043010
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.25 x 7.5
Lexile 780
ATOS Reading Level 5.2
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 163074
Accelerated Reader® Points 5.0
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, and Reviewed

Author: Corinne Demas

Corinne Demas is the award-winning author of numerous books for children and adults, including two short story collections, three novels, a memoir, and a collection of poetry. Her picture books include Always in Trouble, Saying Goodbye to Lulu, and The Littlest Matryoshka (written under the name Corinne Demas Bliss). Her new novel, The Writing Circle, was published this past summer. She is a Professor of English at Mount Holyoke College and a Fiction Editor of The Massachusetts Review. She lives with her family, her dog, and two miniature donkeys in Western Massachusetts and spends the summer on Cape Cod.


  • Missouri State Teacher's Association Reading Circle Selection, Winner, 2014


School Library Journal

“A good title to bridge middle grade readers to slightly more mature stories and narratives.” —School Library Journal


“How Claire deals with finding out about her father’s sexuality rings true and is a positive example for those looking for true-to-life guidance….®ecommended for larger teen collections with healthy budgets.” —VOYA


“A quiet, thoughtful story for sophisticated readers.” —Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“A quiet, lovely story with a satisfyingly sentimental ending.” —Kirkus Reviews