Dear America: A Light in the Storm [NOOK Book]

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Newbery Medal winner Karen Hesse's Civil War diary, A LIGHT IN THE STORM, is now back in print with a beautiful new cover!

In 1861, Amelia Martin's father is stripped of his post as a ship's captain when he is caught harboring the leader of a slave rebellion. Now he is an assistant lighthouse keeper on Fenwick Island, off the coast of Delaware -- a state wedged between the North and the South, just as Amelia is wedged between her warring ...
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Overview

Newbery Medal winner Karen Hesse's Civil War diary, A LIGHT IN THE STORM, is now back in print with a beautiful new cover!

In 1861, Amelia Martin's father is stripped of his post as a ship's captain when he is caught harboring the leader of a slave rebellion. Now he is an assistant lighthouse keeper on Fenwick Island, off the coast of Delaware -- a state wedged between the North and the South, just as Amelia is wedged between her warring parents. Amelia's mother blames her abolitionist husband for their living conditions, which she claims are taking a toll on her health. Amelia observes her mother's hate and her father's admiration for Abraham Lincoln.

But slavery is the deeper issue separating the two sides. As the Civil War rages on, Amelia slowly learns that she cannot stop the fighting, but by keeping watch in the lighthouse each day, lighting the lamps, cleaning the glass, and rescuing victims of Atlantic storms, she can still make a difference.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545415613
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2011
  • Series: Dear America Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 464,123
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 6 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2012

    Not Very Good

    It is very depressing. Her parents always argue and then they divorce.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2013

    Love books

    I love the dear america books. Though i havent read this one yet i have read a lot of these books i love them. Read them

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 5, 2011

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    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo

    I've never thought much about the life of a lighthouse keeper, and definitely not at all about the fact that there were women lighthouse keepers. Thanks to A LIGHT IN THE STORM, I now know a bit about what that life involved. Amelia Martin tells about life in the lighthouse on Fenwick Island off the coast of Delaware in 1861. Her father came to be assistant keeper there after a controversy that ended with his removal as captain of his own ship. She lives in the lighthouse with her father, mother, and Keeper Dunne, who is in charge of the light. Keeper Dunne has given Amelia her watch beginning at 4:00 each afternoon. Fenwick Light protects ships and other sea vessels from running ashore on a particularly treacherous stretch of coastline. Even with the well-maintained lighthouse, vessels still become victims of the storms that plague the area. Amelia, along with her father and Keeper Dunne, watch the weather, light the lamps, and keep the lighthouse in tip-top shape. This requires continuous hard labor: climbing the spiral staircase to polish the reflectors, cleaning the glass, filling the lamps, and then lighting them whenever darkness or weather dictates. During this year-long account, Amelia describes fog, storms, and wintery conditions that have the three of them risking their own health and, on occasion, their own lives, to rescue crews and passengers. Amelia describes wintertime as especially dangerous, because they must brave freezing temperatures to remove ice from the windows high up around the light. In addition to telling about life as a lighthouse keeper, Amelia recounts the rest of her days as she rows to the mainland each day to help teach at the local school and do chores for her grandmother before returning to her keeper duties each afternoon. Amelia's mother was not happy with the move to Fenwick Island, causing a rift in her relationship with Amelia's father. Her mother suffers from many physical ailments, which she blames on her damp surroundings, but depression is the real result. Amelia must often act as mediator between her parents. Another reason her parents are often at odds involves the impending Civil War. Amelia's mother is a strong supporter of slavery, while her father is not. In fact, helping runaway slaves played a part in the reason Amelia's father was dismissed from his duties as ship captain. Since Delaware is a border state between the North and the South, it becomes a controversial place to live once war officially begins. Author Karen Hesse has written A LIGHT IN THE STORM for the DEAR AMERICA series. Her easy storytelling style makes it a pleasure to read, and the history it reveals is fascinating. After getting to know Amelia, it was interesting to find out in the Epilogue and the historical notes that she remained a lighthouse keeper and was eventually given her own position at a lighthouse off the coast of Maine.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2006

    Fantastic Historical Fiction Novel book

    Do you like reading about wars from the 1800's such as the civil war? If so i think you would like this book. It's about the Civil War from the 1800's. It's about a young girl who lived during the civil war when the South wanted to seperate from the North. She keeps a diary and writes about what has been happening almost evreyday of the war. Ever since the war started she had to help her father watch the light. The light shines over the ocean so Amelia and her father can watch the ocean. Now Amelia only has time for school and the light. As the war goes on alot of people are veing sent to fight in the war including her friend Daniel. The author is Karen Hesse, who writes some of the best books to read. If you like one of her books, you would probably like all of them. I recommend this book to anyone who likes to read about wars. I really liked this book. I thought it was the best book to read that's about the war. Even if you don't like reading about wars I still think you would like this book.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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