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Abbie Against the Storm

The True Story of a Young Heroine and a Lighthouse

The dramatic true story of a young heroine.

When seventeen-year-old Abbie Burgess and her family move to Maine where her father will be caring for a lighthouse, she is immediately fascinated by the lights. Abbie becomes her father's assistant, and when he is forced to make an emergency trip to the mainland, Abbie alone knows how to keep the lighthouse tower lit. Soon after he leaves, a massive storm arises, surging over the island and flooding their house. Will Abbie be able to care for her sick mother and younger sisters and make sure that the lighthouse guides ships safely through the treacherous waters?

This fictionalized account of a young girl's triumph over a savage storm as well as her own fears, is based on an actual incident that took place in the winter of 1856. Gorgeously illustrated with powerful oil paintings, young Abbie will inspire readers to face all storms as bravely.

Photograph by Wyn Berry

When Marcia Vaughan was a young girl, she loved telling wild stories to her friends. Now she is the author of more than eighty books for children published in the United States, Australia, Canada, and England. Her books have been honored as an American Library Association Notable Children’s Book and a Junior Library Guild Selection. Vaughan lives on Vashon Island, Washington with her son, Sam, and husband, Richard, who is also an author.

Vaughan's straightforward narrative conveys the danger of the storm as well as the heroine's bravery and stamina...Farnsworth's resplendent paintings of the turbulent seas heighten the drama and lend the tale immediacy.
Publisher's Weekly

Farnsworth's striking illustrations enhance the tale. With muted tones and misty texture, these lovely drawings add to the sense of urgency Abbie must have felt. The story itself is fascinating in depicting the initiative and courage of young Abbie.
Today's Librarian