Joe Wood has dreams. Big dreams. He wants to be a newspaperman, and though he’s only fourteen, he’s already borrowed money to start his own press. But it’s April, 1861, and a young nation is teetering on the brink of a civil war. As effects of war begin to spread over Joe’s hometown of Wiscasset, Maine, he must juggle his personal ambitions with some new responsibilities. He has to help Owen, his young assistant, deal with the challenges of being black in a white world torn apart by color. He needs to talk his best friend, Charlie, out of enlisting. He wants to help a young spiritualist, Nell, whose uncle claims she can speak to the dead. And when Owen disappears, it’s up to Joe to save him. Lea Wait skillfully draws on the lives of real people in Maine’s history to tell this story of three young adults touched by war and the tension it brings, forcing them into adulthood—before they may be ready.
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About the Author
Lea Wait lives on the coast of Maine, where she writes both historical novels for young adults and mysteries for adult readers. She is the author of four acclaimed young adult historical novels set in 19th century Maine. Lea grew up in Maine and New Jersey, graduated from Chatham College, earned graduate degrees from New York University, and worked for AT&T while she raised four adopted daughters. She is now the grandmother of eight and is married to artist Bob Thomas. Lea welcomes readers of all ages to friend her on Facebook, where she posts frequently about reading, writing, and living in Maine.
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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR TEENS AND ADULTS Lea Wait's Young Adult "Uncertain Glory" is a gripping novel set in Maine on the eve of Civil War hostilities. Who knew that such a far-off New England state would be so affected by thoughts of a war between the states? Joe Wood is fourteen, and he owns a print shop. At least he will if he can make the last payment on it within 2 weeks. He is helped by his enthusiastic friend Charlie and 9-year-old Owen to put out a weekly newspaper and special war bulletins. But there are complications. Charlie wants to join the Maine militia. Little Owen is black, and he disappears when he comes up against some frightening bigotry. Most exciting of all, a young girl, Nell, has come to Wiscasset with her unpleasant aunt and uncle. Nell is psychic--or isn't she? She gives people news from departed loved ones. Joe vows to find out what she really is. Then he's broadsided: his father has enlisted. Lea Wait uses the stories of some real-life people to give us an excellent look at tensions in 1860 far from the battle front. These young people will have to grow up before they want to in order to help their families.