Keeper of the Light

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The life of a lighthouse keeper on the east coast was not an easy one. Isolated on stormy shores, their job was to keep those at sea safe, at any cost. After her father dies in a seafaring accident, eleven-year-old Sara goes to work for the Mosher family helping clean, maintain and keep the light. When the Mosher family must leave for the mainland in a medical emergency, Sara is left alone to keep the light as a terrible gale approaches. Dramatic and beautiful illustrations help tell the tale of a young girl alone and facing an emergency. When Sara sees a boat crashed on the rocks, young readers will feel as though they are standing on the wind-whipped shores making a life or death decision with her.

This story is based on the real experiences of young girls and boys who worked at lighthouses in the early 1900s. This is a dramatic but realistic story that shows the value of the work young people had to do and the sacrifices they had to make. The beautiful images created by Thérèse Cilia, give an accurate picture of the life of lighthouse keepers in the era.

The Canadian Children’s Book Centre has chosen Keeper of the Light as a Best Book of 2017 (and has again for “Summer Reading 2017.”)

Keeper of the Light is Anne-Marie’s Pick at Lexicon Books for January. Happy New Year!

There’s a delightful review in Atlantic Books Today (published November 23, 2016) on page 35, by Lisa Doucet, and in Quill and Quire, by Joanne Findon.

Keeper of the Light had its five minutes of fame on CTV Morning Live.