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.
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