Keeping the Good Light (Laurel-Leaf Books)

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Seventeen-year-old Eliza Brown was born and raised on a small island with barely enough room for the lighthouse her family must attend to around the clock. Each day she rows a mile to attend school on City Island. But chores and family responsibilities have not allowed Eliza to have a social life there. Then when a family tragedy brings her to live with her older sister's family on City Island, Eliza's life changes forever. Her new life is filled with challenges, friendships, and some painful decisions. Where does a spirited and rebellious young woman like Eliza really belong?

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Katherine Kirkpatrick's eight young adult fiction and nonfiction books include "Redcoats and Petticoats," "Trouble's Daughter," "Between Two Worlds," "Mysterious Bones," and "The Snow Baby." KEEPING THE GOOD LIGHT was Katherine's first novel. It was recommended by the New York Public Library, “Books for the Teen Age” and won the New York State Marine Education Association’s Herman Melville Book Award. For more information about Katherine and her books, please visit www.katherinekirkpatrick.com.

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Grade 5-9?Whether she's spearing eels with her brothers or exploring the shoreline with renegade Ralph, Eliza Charity Brown, 16, is not easily contained by the tedium of life at Stepping Stones Lighthouse off the coast of Long Island. In the tumultuous year beginning in September, 1903, she experiences great loss, liberation from her routine, and heart-wrenching romance with a feckless dreamer. She also encounters the strict social expectations of a traditional community, where young women do not go abroad at night or think independently. Liza does both, and consequently is expelled from her beloved school. When she sees a loveless marriage as her only viable option, she is rescued, at the last moment, by a job offer that takes her away from the closed society of City Island. The plot is engaging and enriched with substantial historical detail, bringing time and place vividly to light. While the resolution may strain credibility, it is effectively presented and satisfying. Liza's personality is vibrant and irresistible; secondary characters are varied and multidimensional. Formal diction is appropriate for the narrative and, in contrast, the dialogue is more natural. Overall, this is an outstanding book with a truly contemporary heroine in a historical setting. Readers of L.M. Montgomery's "Anne of Green Gables" series will find in Liza a kindred spirit.?Carolyn Noah, Central Mass. Regional Library System, Worcester, MA
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