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Dear America: A Light in the Storm

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Dear America: A Light in the Storm: The Diary of Amelia Martin, Fenwick Island, Delaware, 1861
by Karen Hesse

In 1861, Amelia Martin's father is stripped of his post as a ship's captain when he is caught harboring the leader of a slave rebellion. Now he is an assistant lighthouse keeper on Fenwick Island, off the coast of Delaware -- a state wedged between the North and the South, just as Amelia is wedged between her warring parents. Amelia's mother blames her abolitionist husband for their living conditions, which she claims are taking a toll on her health. Amelia observes her mother's hate and her father's admiration for Abraham Lincoln.

But slavery is the deeper issue separating the two sides. As the Civil War rages on, Amelia slowly learns that she cannot stop the fighting, but by keeping watch in the lighthouse each day, lighting the lamps, cleaning the glass, and rescuing victims of Atlantic storms, she can still make a difference.

This book is part of the Dear America series---a series of fictional journal accounts by girls living in different times in American history.  There is also a related series of fictional diaries written by boy characters---the My Name is America series. Both series are written in the form of historical fiction diaries and are fantastic to use when teaching American history or even diary/journal writing.

Book Type:   chapter book

Grade Level:    5th grade     6th grade     7th grade   

Reading Level:   DRA Level 50      Guided Reading Level T

 

Condition:  This book is used but in good condition. There's very little or no water damage, torn pages, damage to the spine, or writing on the outer cover or inside pages. Occasionally there's a small amount of writing on the inside cover (previous owner's name/inscription)NOTE: There are two different covers for this book. The one you get might be different than the cover shown here.

 

 

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