A Dear America: The Light in the Storm

By Karen Hesse

Newbery Medal winner Karen Hesse's Civil warfare diary, a gentle within the hurricane, 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 kingdom 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 healthiness. Amelia observes her mother's hate and her father's admiration for Abraham Lincoln.

But slavery is the deeper factor isolating the 2 facets. because the Civil battle rages on, Amelia slowly learns that she can't cease the struggling with, yet through 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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In the event you will excuse the procrastination, he'll pastime to be extra trustworthy in destiny. we've each coverage of staying the following all wintry weather, and the chance is whatever yet flattering. ’Tis bleak the following — the wind howls dreadfully, and the white, heavy frosts of early morn warn us that wintry weather is coming. one hundred forty four 8662_01_001-150_r5ay. qxd 5/6/99 12:22 AM web page a hundred forty five we've wood accountability in abundance, yet all of us similar to it. there's just one factor that mars our excitement in provider, and that's the cowardice of the rebels. If a number of may in simple terms sneak as much as us and get shot occasionally, it is going to ease the monotony that another way clings round us. nonetheless we won't blame them for his or her love of existence, do we? i can't misinform you. there's a good deal of ailment winning now within the regiment. The surgeon has had his fingers complete. we've devotional making a song and praying in a single or extra of the tents each evening, and, as “Voice after voice catches up the strain,” the impact is actually inspiring. Your little applications are got with each demonstration of pleasure, and that i take this chance of returning to you a soldier’s thank you. I hold your likeness with me all over and sometimes glance to it for recommendation as i'd glance to you when you have been close to. After subsequent payday, with the intention to be at the first of January, a furlough of ten days’ period could be given out, and one or from each one respective corporation given depart to go back and forth domestic. desire it will probably be me. Yours really, Daniel a hundred forty five 1 2 three four five 6 7 eight nine 10 eleven 12 thirteen 14 15 sixteen 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 8662_01_001-150_r5ay. qxd 5/6/99 12:22 AM web page 146 1 2 three four five 6 7 eight nine 10 eleven 12 thirteen 14 15 sixteen 17 18 19 20 21 22 S23 R24 Wednesday, December 25, 1861 reasonable. Wind N. E. mild. Christmas. It was once an surprisingly quiet day. I went early to the mainland. mom appeared surprisingly lively. yet now it really is past due. mom and Grandmother are by myself by way of their fire, Father and that i by myself, yet for the boisterousness of Keeper Hale’s brood. How thankful i'm for his or her brightness. This morning Keeper Hale’s young children chanced on their stockings packed with sweets from outdated Kriss — sugarplums, nuts, chocolates. i will not think how Keeper Hale manages with such a lot of mouths to feed, yet he's not assisting his spouse and her mom at a separate handle, and Mrs. Hale, big-hearted because the sky, is such a lot shrewdpermanent. She used tin styles and baked fancy muffins for her relatives in addition to for Father and me, or even one for mom and Grandmother. on the midday meal jointly we untied the bag of chestnuts and ate the goose that we had stored and ate up corn. Daniel is spending Christmas miles from domestic. final Christmas I slightly gave him a notion. This 12 months is varied. i glance on the carving Father made for me final 12 months, the carving of the Lighthouse. That little carving has introduced me hours of convenience during this making an attempt 12 months. That and also you, my diary. one of many aprons mom sewed for me final Christmas I wore this 146 8662_01_001-150_r5ay. qxd 5/6/99 12:22 AM web page 147 Christmas to bake cookies for the Hale young ones. donning the apron makes me think that mom is within reach.

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