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After her grandfather's death in the fall of 1871, twelve-year-old Jessie bravely helps her mother take care of the lighthouse her family has kept for generations on South Manitou Island in Lake Michigan, hoping that they will be allowed to continue to live and work there.
Posted April 14, 2005
It is 1871, and the South Manitou Light is the only home Jessie Lafferty has ever known. When Jessie doesn't mail her mother's letter asking the Lighthouse Service for assistance, she creates a dangerous situation for her family and the ships that rely on the light. This is a middle-reader chapter book about growing up and taking responsibility for the actions we take. This is a most delightful book. The plot is tight and the narrative most descriptive. Even without having lived at a lighthouse, you get a sense of what life was like. It is easy to empathize with both Jessie and her mom. This is a book everyone can enjoy. If you live near or love lighthouses, you'll want this in your collection.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.