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By Karen Hesse

Newbery Medal winner Karen Hesse's Civil conflict diary, a mild within the typhoon, is now again in print with a gorgeous 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 nation 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 healthiness. Amelia observes her mother's hate and her father's admiration for Abraham Lincoln.

But slavery is the deeper factor keeping apart the 2 aspects. because the Civil struggle rages on, Amelia slowly learns that she can't cease the battling, yet by way of conserving watch within the lighthouse on a daily basis, lights the lamps, cleansing the glass, and rescuing sufferers of Atlantic storms, she will nonetheless make a distinction.

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I wish him good luck. Our new President says the Union is not broken. He says this issue is a matter of law, and he shall see to it that the law is faithfully followed. Mother despises President Lincoln. Father and I sat with her this afternoon as she prepared dinner. I read her articles from the paper that promise our President will not interfere with the practice of slaveholding in the Southern states, nor obstruct the return of fugitive slaves. But she would not listen. “He will have the whole country overrun with colored,” she said.

The oil congeals and will not pour. I must warm it before I can refill the wells that feed the Light. Monday, January 21, 1861 Cloudy. E. Light. The sudden rising of the temperature brought relief, even to Mother, who spent the day doing wash. The only relief it has not brought is to Mr. O’Connell’s bad humor. Reenie’s father has forbidden her from talking with me. This latest outburst, I fear, comes from his presence in Uncle Edward’s store the other day when we were discussing South Carolina.

After morning chores I rowed across the Ditch and walked to school with the Osbourne children at my heels. Reenie, good to her word, maintained a safe distance behind. I miss William Worthington. I see Daniel in passing. He is two years older than I. Daniel has taken his brother’s death hard. Perhaps if we spoke together of William, it would bring comfort to us both. I did the marketing for Grandmother, filling her cupboards. Grandmother sat in her hearth chair, a blanket up around her neck. She crossed her arms under the blanket and cursed Mr.

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