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

By Karen Hesse

Newbery Medal winner Karen Hesse's Civil battle 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 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 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 residing stipulations, which she claims are taking a toll on her wellbeing and fitness. Amelia observes her mother's hate and her father's admiration for Abraham Lincoln.

But slavery is the deeper factor setting apart the 2 facets. because the Civil struggle rages on, Amelia slowly learns that she can't cease the scuffling with, yet by way of retaining watch within the lighthouse every day, lights the lamps, cleansing the glass, and rescuing sufferers of Atlantic storms, she will nonetheless make a distinction.

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McCabe told us he engaged a gentleman to watch these two patients through the night. The gentleman was to report any change in condition and wake the nurse periodically to administer medication. But the gentleman and the nurse both fell asleep. The man with the mumps lay staring at the clock and saw it was time to give the fever patient his medication. Unable to speak, or move any portion of his body except his arms, the mumps patient seized a pillow, and threw it as best he could, striking the watchman in the face.

E. Moderate. Keeper Dunne arranged to have the Light tower and the oil house whitewashed. The painters arrived from the mainland early this morning. qxd 5/6/99 12:22 AM Page 56 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 top of the tower to work. I did not believe when I saw who was part of the crew. Daniel Worthington. He nodded to me from the barrel. When I finished my chores in the Light, I climbed down the spiral stairs to the observation deck. Daniel called to me and asked if I could bring him some water at lunch break.

Except when I am so tired. qxd 5/6/99 12:22 AM Page 51 Sunday, March 31, 1861 Clear. W. 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.

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