By Karen Hesse
Newbery Medal winner Karen Hesse's Civil conflict diary, a gentle within the typhoon, is now again in print with a gorgeous new cover!
In 1861, Amelia Martin's father is stripped of his put up 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 country 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 healthiness. 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 scuffling with, yet by way of maintaining watch within the lighthouse every day, 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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A Dear America: The Light in the Storm by Karen Hesse