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 submit 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 residing stipulations, which she claims are taking a toll on her wellbeing and fitness. 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 battle rages on, Amelia slowly learns that she can't cease the struggling with, yet by means of protecting watch within the lighthouse on a daily basis, 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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Extra info for A Dear America: The Light in the Storm
Qxd 5/6/99 12:22 AM Page 33 everything to me this morning, quickly, without looking at me once, before she slipped to the back of the procession of Osbournes. As soon as I returned home from Bayville this afternoon, I worked beside Mother. She had such energy. Her humor was so good. Her knuckles were hardly swollen. I dare to hope she is recovering and all will be well from now on. Thursday, January 24, 1861 Clear. E. Moderate. Father and I made the mistake of discussing politics within Mother’s earshot.
Tuesday, January 29, 1861 Cloudy and Snow. W. Moderate. A covering of snow has transformed Bayville into a soft, white plain, but here, on the island, the wind blows the snow away before it has a chance to settle. Just now, for the second time on my watch, I have had to inch up the ladder onto the narrow balcony that runs around the outside rim of the Light. The wind blew strong enough to rattle the ladder so that it shifted in the buffeting gusts, even with my weight upon it. Clinging with one hand to the slick balcony rail, I scraped ice and snow from the glass, keeping my eyes averted so as not to be blinded by the flash.
The bell-buoy boat clanged at its mooring just offshore. Poor Mother. But thank goodness for the din. I pray sailors will hear the clanging above the scream of the storm, for I don’t know how far the Light can reach through this weather. Can’t sit still. The storm has caused a restlessness in my mood. Even in this diary I write in fits and starts, checking the Light, trying to peer through the storm to the sea, watchful for ships, watchful for danger. qxd 5/6/99 12:22 AM Page 42 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 h Quickly I must put you away, my diary.