By Karen Hesse
Newbery Medal winner Karen Hesse's Civil conflict diary, a gentle within the typhoon, is now again in print with a gorgeous new cover!
In 1861, Amelia Martin's father is stripped of his submit as a ship's captain while he's stuck harboring the chief of a slave uprising. Now he's an assistant lighthouse keeper on Fenwick Island, off the coast of Delaware -- a country wedged among the North and the South, simply as Amelia is wedged among her warring mom and dad. Amelia's mom blames her abolitionist husband for his or her residing stipulations, which she claims are taking a toll on her overall healthiness. Amelia observes her mother's hate and her father's admiration for Abraham Lincoln.
But slavery is the deeper factor setting apart the 2 aspects. because the Civil battle rages on, Amelia slowly learns that she can't cease the struggling with, yet via retaining watch within the lighthouse on a daily basis, lighting fixtures the lamps, cleansing the glass, and rescuing sufferers of Atlantic storms, she will be able to nonetheless make a distinction.
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Qxd 5/6/99 12:22 AM Page 38 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 S23 R24 Thursday, February 14, 1861 Cloudy and Fog. E. Moderate. Chill again. This restless weather is much like Mother’s moods, high and low, and never a clue as to what each day might bring. After morning chores I rowed across the Ditch and walked to school with the Osbourne children at my heels. Reenie, good to her word, maintained a safe distance behind. I miss William Worthington. I see Daniel in passing. He is two years older than I.
Clearing ice off the outside of the lantern glass is dangerous; it is the chore that most frightens me. I would rather take on a rescue on the stormy sea than face the ice-slick ladder and the beastly wind. I hope the glass does not ice up again tonight. qxd 5/13/99 8:58 AM Page 35 Thursday, January 31, 1861 P. Cloudy. W. Light. Received a delivery of whale oil. Uncle Edward and I sat quietly in the afternoon and gazed out at the patches of snow remaining from the storm two days ago. I stopped at the Worthingtons’ before coming to Uncle’s.
Mother nearly burned the house down last evening, though she doesn’t know it. Father was in the lantern room; he’d come early to relieve me. When I returned to the house, I smelled smoke. Mother had washed my extra stockings for me and hung them by the fire before retiring for the evening. By the time I reached them, my stockings were ablaze. Throwing water on the fire, I put it out quickly. Except for ruined stockings, a scorched fire-board, and a lightly toasted arm, all is well. Another five minutes and we might have lost everything.
A Dear America: The Light in the Storm by Karen Hesse