During the early 1900s excursions from Philadelphia to Atlantic City brought families to the Jersey Shore. Many of the barrier island saw new development and towns began to pop up. This story describes one family's journey to a new home.
Savannah Peyton and Maura Caldwell spend the summer together before leaving their island grade school for middle school on the mainland. Dawn is a semiautobiographical short story based on the author's recollections of her own youth.