By Karen Hesse
Newbery Medal winner Karen Hesse's Civil conflict 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 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 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 overall 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 conflict rages on, Amelia slowly learns that she can't cease the struggling with, yet by means of holding 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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Extra resources for A Dear America: The Light in the Storm
In one week, the responsibility will be his — whether we come together again as a Union, or fall entirely to pieces. And here we sit, in Delaware, on the border between North and South, half the state holding slaves, half the state opposed to the practice. I do not envy our President-Elect. It is hard enough to hold a family together. Poor Mr. Lincoln. It is in his hands to hold a whole country together or watch it fall apart. My hands are calloused and strong from rowing and working the ropes, from lifting and carrying barrels of oil and scrubbing stone floors and spiral stairs, but I do not know if they are strong enough to hold Mother and Father together.
She could barely get down on her knees, barely hold the brush when I bid her good-bye this morning. But she worked all day anyway, in spite of the pain in her hands and her knees. Tonight, though, after my watch, I must retrace Mother’s footsteps and clean all the places she missed because, for the first time, she did not scrub well enough to pass inspection. Friday, February 8, 1861 Cloudy and Rain. E. Light. Temperature in the fifties. Saturday, February 9, 1861 Stormy. W. Light. Temperature within one degree of zero this morning.
Keeper Dunne led us in prayer. Uncle Edward said President Lincoln made a proclamation calling for 75,000 militia. He urges those in defiance of the law, all Secessionists, to return to their homes, and retire from this disagreement peaceably, and within twenty days. President Davis says he is ready for President Lincoln’s 75,000 Northerners. Where is Delaware to stand? Kentucky refuses to send troops to fight for the Union. Yet in Rhode Island, the very Governor has offered his own services to President Lincoln.
A Dear America: The Light in the Storm by Karen Hesse