A Dear America: The Light in the Storm by Karen Hesse

By Karen Hesse

Newbery Medal winner Karen Hesse's Civil struggle diary, a mild within the hurricane, is now again in print with a stunning new cover!

In 1861, Amelia Martin's father is stripped of his put up as a ship's captain whilst 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 well-being. 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 struggling with, yet by means of conserving watch within the lighthouse every day, lighting fixtures the lamps, cleansing the glass, and rescuing sufferers of Atlantic storms, she will nonetheless make a distinction.

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I am grateful the footsteps have not come again tonight. Mother’s head was still pounding this morning. I consulted with Father and Keeper Dunne. It was decided I should leave early and stop at Dr. McCabe’s before going on to school. qxd 5/6/99 12:22 AM Page 43 Told Dr. McCabe about Mother. Told him about her swollen joints and her head. He asked if there wasn’t a certain time of day harder on Mother than others. Morning, I told him. The worst is always morning. While Dr. McCabe made a powder for Mother, he asked my age.

To settle her mind, Keeper Dunne promised he would write the Lighthouse Board and request a visit from the chimney sweep as soon as could be arranged. Mother insisted we not wait. 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.

Fresh. Keeper Dunne led us in morning prayer. Dr. McCabe came out later and stayed for the noon meal, complimenting me on my pie. He is a talkative man in this place where we say so little. We all listened to his stories. Even Mother. Especially Mother. He told of two patients lying ill in one room. One had brain fever, the other an aggravated case of mumps. They were so ill, Dr. McCabe said, that watches were needed at night, and he thought it doubtful either would recover. Mother dabbed at her mouth with a napkin, listening.

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