By Karen Hesse
Newbery Medal winner Karen Hesse's Civil warfare diary, a gentle 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 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 health and wellbeing. 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 conflict rages on, Amelia slowly learns that she can't cease the battling, yet by means of maintaining 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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Fresh. Last night the millponds froze over to the thickness of an inch — the thermometer being at 11 degrees this morning. I fear the peaches on the mainland are destroyed. Tonight I am so tired. Must force my eyes to stay open, force myself to remain alert. If I let the Light go out, even for a moment. . Reenie O’Connell said once she would never want such responsibility. She said it was hard enough to look after a family, how much more difficult to look after the sea and those who sail upon it.
Thursday, March 21, 1861 Clear. W. Fresh. Last night the millponds froze over to the thickness of an inch — the thermometer being at 11 degrees this morning. I fear the peaches on the mainland are destroyed. Tonight I am so tired. Must force my eyes to stay open, force myself to remain alert. If I let the Light go out, even for a moment. . Reenie O’Connell said once she would never want such responsibility. She said it was hard enough to look after a family, how much more difficult to look after the sea and those who sail upon it.
Brought in a good catch of shad. The run of fish is so plentiful, there is enough for us to eat and shad left over to sell. Assistant lightkeepers do not command much of a salary. It is good to help out. Thursday, April 11, 1861 Clear. E. to E. Moderate. There is much activity on the water to record. Uncle Edward says a large number of troops — 3,000 men — have gathered in New York. Steamers and men-of-war stand in readiness. S. Government troops stationed there have been exhausted, and receiving fresh provisions will be a great risk.