The best stories change you. I am not the same after The Vanishing Act as I was before.Erin Morgenstern, author of The Night CircusOn a small snow-covered islandso tiny that it cant be found on any maplives twelve-year-old Minou, her philosopher Papa (a descendent of Descartes), Boxman the magician, and a clever dog called No-Name. A year earlier Minous mother left the house wearing her best shoes and carrying a large black umbrella. She never returned.
One morning Minou finds a dead boy washed up on the beach. Her father decides to lay him in the room that once belonged to her mother. Can her mothers disappearance be explained by the boy? Will Boxman be able to help find her? Minou, unwilling to accept her mothers death, attempts to find the truth through Descartes philosophy. Over the course of her investigation Minou will discover the truth about loss and love, a truth that The Vanishing Act conveys in a voice that is uniquely enchanting.