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 publish 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 health and wellbeing. 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 conflict rages on, Amelia slowly learns that she can't cease the scuffling with, yet by way of conserving watch within the lighthouse on a daily basis, lights the lamps, cleansing the glass, and rescuing sufferers of Atlantic storms, she will be able to nonetheless make a distinction.

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That we must clean the chimney ourselves. Father surprised me by agreeing to Mother’s demand. He must still care for her. Why else would he spare her feelings by hiding the truth . . that she, not the chimney, had caused the house to smell of smoke. qxd 5/6/99 12:22 AM Page 31 the chimney, raising and lowering the stones until the worst of the black crisps of soot are scraped off the chimney’s inside walls. We shall have twice the mess to clean when we finish, but Mother should be satisfied. I wish I could help her somehow.

All were glad to be rescued, but for the owner. The owner did not wish to leave his ship. What a foolish man. As if any possession could be more important than life itself. He screamed at Father, demanding a guard for the foundering ship. qxd 5/6/99 12:22 AM Page 62 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 hungry waves swelled around us. The owner’s mates, yelling into the storm, made the schooner’s owner see the folly of his request. The schooner was already breaking up, being lifted and torn to shreds on the shoals.

We were in danger of suffering the same fate, the storm was so wild, the waves and wind so high. We got the crew and passengers safely back to Fenwick, though we had as difficult a time landing as we had pushing off. It took several attempts to bring the boat safely to shore. Keeper Dunne remained at his watch at the Light, and Father and I led the men up the beach to the house and gave them blankets. To my surprise and great relief I discovered that Mother, in our absence, had prepared food and warm drinks.

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