A Dear America: The Light in the Storm by Karen Hesse

By Karen Hesse

Newbery Medal winner Karen Hesse's Civil warfare diary, a mild within the typhoon, is now again in print with a gorgeous new cover!

In 1861, Amelia Martin's father is stripped of his put up 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 nation 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 dwelling stipulations, which she claims are taking a toll on her future health. Amelia observes her mother's hate and her father's admiration for Abraham Lincoln.

But slavery is the deeper factor isolating the 2 aspects. because the Civil conflict rages on, Amelia slowly learns that she can't cease the battling, yet by means of preserving watch within the lighthouse every day, 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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His lips are full like William’s were and his nose, like William’s, straight and fine. And he has those pretty eyes, prettier than William’s, I think. Big and gray with those long, thick lashes. Daniel said he would work through the noon hour on Monday, and eat with me when I returned from school, if I liked. I am eager for Monday. Monday, April 15, 1861 Rain. W. High. The tide is the highest measured in nearly ten years. Oda Lee has been out scavenging night and day. The sea leaves her gifts. Her cloak whips around her legs.

Lincoln isn’t even to Washington yet. Friday, February 15, 1861 Cloudy. E. Fresh. Inspection. The cracked glass must be replaced. The air has turned as mild as mid-April. Got my young scholars to point out the spring birds: the robin, the blackbird — children and birds, all chattered away as merrily as if they believed spring really had come. I am delighted with the sight of a single robin. Grandmother said she saw one under her fence and heard it chirping through the closed window. There are no robins at the Lighthouse yet.

Qxd 5/6/99 12:22 AM Page 37 We must get the station sparkling before the Inspector comes. Mother did the scrubbing today while I was at school. She could barely get down on her knees, barely hold the brush when I bid her good-bye this morning. But she worked all day anyway, in spite of the pain in her hands and her knees. Tonight, though, after my watch, I must retrace Mother’s footsteps and clean all the places she missed because, for the first time, she did not scrub well enough to pass inspection.

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