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A Light in the Storm: The Civil War Diary of Amelia Martin, Fenwick Island, Delaware, 1861
Dear America Series Book #15 of 43 in publication order (switch to alphabetical order)
Author: Karen Hesse

Book Info

Published on September 1, 1999
Age Group: 8 - 13 years
Reading Level: AR: 5.3 (4.0 Points, Quiz #32207)
GLE: 5.6
F&P/GRL: T
DRA: 50
Lexile® measure: 850L

Summary:
In 1860 and 1861, while working in her father's lighthouse on an island off the coast of Delaware, fifteen-year-old Amelia records in her diary how the Civil War is beginning to devastate her divided state.

Excerpt/First Sentence(s):
I rowed across the Ditch this morning. Wish there were some other way to reach the mainland.

Back Cover:
My name is Amelia. This is my story....
Amelia Martin's father was stripped of his post as a ship's captain when he was 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 parents. Amelia's mother blames her abolitionist husband for their living conditions, which she claims are taking a toll on her health.

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 make a difference.

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