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Manning the Light: Louie Series Book 1 - eBook
Pleasant Word / 2003 / ePub
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After his father dies, 13 year old Louie Hollander and hismother must move away from their old home and find a way to make a living. They are hired as keepers of Two Tree Island Lighthouse on Windlass Bay--temporarily. In orderto keep the job, Louie and his ma must prove that they can handle the hard work. Tending to the urgent task of protecting sea-going vessels from storm and fog keeps Louie scrambling, especially when equipment breaks down. And even with visits from mainland friends, island livingis lonely. An injured sea gull becomes an unexpected petand a visiting preacher becomes a new fishing buddy. ButLouie grieves for his father and misses his best friendCharlie. Then Louie receives wonderful news. Charlie plansto spend the month of August on Two Tree Island. Augustcan't come quickly enough. But, Louie finds that Charliehas changed a lot. Suddenly Louie must face difficultchoices, especially when Charlie's behavior endangers theoperation of the lighthouse. "Manning the Light" maintains family values and spiritual foundations that are important in my family's life today. As a homeschooling mom, I recommend this bookas part of a literature based American history curriculum."-Elizabeth Giles Griner.
The book Manning the Light by Terry Webb, finds Louie Hollander and his mother hired as lighthouse keepers after Louies father dies. Louie has trouble adjusting to his new home as he misses his father and his best friend, Charlie. Louie feels lonely on Two Tree Island and grieves for his recent losses.
Louies relationship with his mother becomes strengthened after his fathers death, and his relationship with Charlie changes dramatically after Charlie visits the island; Louie finds Charlie has changed in a lot of ways, not all good. The biggest problem about Charlies changes comes when he burns down the barn.
Louie must cope with the facts: his father is gone and his best friend has immensely changed. Although still anguished, he realizes that he must be brave for his mother and himself. As for the dilemma with Charlie, he finds the help of a preacher who is visiting near by Two Tree Island.
Louie is a compassionate, although lonely, young man who is trying to help his mother tend the lighthouse, all while being strong about his fathers death. His mother, his friend Charlie, and a new friend, the preacher, whom Charlie calls Uncle Sam, are all large characters in Louies life.
This book started out a little slow, but when I kept reading, it turned out to be a better book than I had expected. I would recommend this book to both boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 13. -- Courtney Carlstrom, age 13, Christian Book Previews.com
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