To Keep The South Manitou Light

Summary:

It is 1871, and the South Manitou Light is the only home Jessie Lafferty has ever known. When Jessie doesn't mail her mother's letter asking the Lighthouse Service for assistance, she creates a dangerous situation for her family and the ships that rely on the light.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

The story moves quickly and offers wonderful descriptions of life at a lighthouse, you even get a glimpse of the Chicago Fires. The appendices offer additional details and photos to help round out the story.

Content Awareness Factors:

None.


Young Reader Reaction

This story was well written capturing a young girls heart as she faces tasks and tries to stay strong. The details were great and the beginning lured the readers in. Some parts had too many details but was mostly good. At some points the story got boring. Overall this story was a good book for children in 5th-6th grades.

Parent Reaction

What a delightful book. The plot is tight and the narrative most descriptive. Even without having lived at a lighthouse, you get a sense of what life was like. It is easy to empathize with both Jessie and her Mother.

Type of Book:
This chapter book for preteens is about growing up and taking responsibility for the actions we take.
Educational Themes:

Although a fictional tale, there is plenty of historic detail about life in a lighthouse and the Chicago fire.

Reading Level:
0.0
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 to 13
Recommended Age To Read Together:
8 to 12
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy! This is a book everyone can enjoy. If you leave near or love lighthouses, you'll want this in your collection.

Title To Keep the South Manitou Light
Author Anna Egan Smucker
Publisher Wayne State University Press © 2004
ISBN 0814332358
Material Hard Cover
Cost $21.95
Genres Adventure, Historical Fiction, Growing Up
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