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Its Free Book Friday!!


Today’s Free book is A Light in the Storm by Karen Hesse

A book in the Dear America Series




ISBN 9780545242455

Newbery Medal winner Karen Hesse’s Civil War diary, A LIGHT IN THE STORM, is now back in print with a beautiful new cover! In 1861, Amelia Martin’s father is stripped of his post as a ship’s captain when he is caught harboring the leader of a slave rebellion. Now he is an assistant lighthouse keeper on Fenwick Island, off the coast of Delaware — a state wedged between the North and the South, just as Amelia is wedged between her warring parents. Amelia’s mother blames her abolitionist husband for their living conditions, which she claims are taking a toll on her health. Amelia observes her mother’s hate and her father’s admiration for Abraham Lincoln. But slavery is the deeper issue separating the two sides. As the Civil War rages on, Amelia slowly learns that she cannot stop the fighting, but by keeping watch in the lighthouse each day, lighting the lamps, cleaning the glass, and rescuing victims of Atlantic storms, she can still make a difference. Reading Level: Young Adult



We will choose a winner at random from comments we receive here on the Blog from PBS members.

You have until Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 12 noon EDT,  to leave a comment.

Good Luck to everyone!









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48 Responses to “Its Free Book Friday!!”

  1. CBoozier says:

    Looks like a good book. Hope I win it.

  2. Kathleen A R. (katink) says:

    I think my grandson would like to read this!

  3. Ben Baker says:

    This sounds exactly like what my daughter would love to read!

  4. Karen Rochon says:

    These books are so good–not just for young adults! Such an interesting way to learn a bit of history. Makes it come alive.

  5. Dawn G. says:

    My girls love these books!

  6. BookwormKath says:

    I’d love to be able to five this to some young readers I know.

  7. KarinaR says:

    I want it to read it to my daughter!
    Hope I get it 😉

  8. Sara U. (fiadara) says:

    This book looks like something my daughter would LOVE 🙂

  9. My daughter would love to read this. It is a series she has really enjoyed.

  10. Katherine H. says:

    My cousin’s daughter has been collecting these, I would love to win this for her.

  11. Mary Jo L. (liblover7) says:

    This series is so interesting! Great for any age level..you are guaranteed to learn something interesting. I’m a librarian and read many titles, love them all. My middle/high schoolers love them as well!

  12. Cristina Gwynn says:

    My two girls devour these types of books and they love learning about history!

  13. Shirley B. (KySunshine) says:

    Really like studying about the Civil War. Sad time in our nation.

  14. Kristin S. (kscott6813) says:

    I love historical fiction and my class has joined into the excitement. The Dear America books really help to bring a time period to life.

  15. Shirley M. (shirleymc) says:

    I like young adult historical fiction so I hope I win this one!

  16. ivy reynolds says:

    Oh I love these books!

  17. Chari C. (charic) says:

    Great series! Thanks to Paper Back Swap for Free Book Friday– super idea!

  18. Dee W. (dwolters) says:

    I would like to read this book. thanks

  19. Amy Dik says:

    Looks really good! I love historical fiction!

  20. Ashley M says:

    Oh! What a lovely looking book!

  21. Noreen K. says:

    I love, love, love historical fiction. I would be honored to get this free book. Thank you!

  22. I love love love this book! I lost all my Dear America books in a house fire several years ago, and have been working to recollect them since. Hope I win! 🙂

  23. Michelle F. (Micky) says:

    Sounds interesting and I love historicals. Haven’t seen a book giveaway here for a while, but maybe I just missed them. I’d love to win a book.

  24. Michele H. says:

    Wonderful. I LOVE historicals. Thanks.

  25. Valerie D. (6thdaughter) says:

    Sounds like a winner!

  26. Wendy says:

    Looks like a great book!

  27. Marissa A. (penfold) says:

    This sounds like a good one!

  28. Alana L. (racemom) , says:

    Happy Free Book Good Friday!

  29. EA B. (eabowen) says:

    Ah, wow! I love this series of books. I haven’t read this one yet, but I’m sure I will enjoy it as much as I have the others.

  30. Amy L. (cyrene) says:

    My daughter really likes books like this. This is a good idea :).

  31. Dana T. says:

    Would love to read this book. I am thrilled as a new member to see such a offer! Great idea to inspire more reading! Good Job Paperback Swap!! 😀

  32. Nena C. (camperchick) says:

    I would love to share this with my favorite school library!!!!

  33. Amanda (orange) says:

    I read this book a few years ago and loved it. The Civil War era was amazing!

  34. Shari says:

    My Emma would love to read this. She enjoys the series. Ms. Hesse is a fabulous story teller, too.

  35. Brenda (smash) , says:

    I love books in the Civil War era!

  36. I love these books, even though I am not kid. I find them interesting.

  37. (bookfan1) says:

    Sounds like a very interesting book!

  38. Nikki J. (LadyCamaro) says:

    Sounds very interesting!

  39. Amy says:

    Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the opportunity!

  40. Janice S. (oldhippie) says:

    It is important for EVERYONE, especially our young adults, to keep in touch with their history in order to understand what shaped us as a people!

  41. Melissa B says:

    I would love to read this with my daughter!

  42. Jane says:

    Pick me!

  43. Lori B. says:

    Thanks PaperBack Swap, for a great free book opportunity!

  44. Roberta K. (yourhonor) says:

    This is a very nice cover. I read the book several years ago, and it, is indeed a good one.

  45. Susan says:

    Love, love, love the Dear America series. My students do too!

  46. Deborah H. (littlepine) , says:

    Thanks for the chance to win this book!

  47. Deb says:

    I love the Dear America series. Hope I win!

  48. ANNA S. (SanJoseCa) says:

    This is a wonderful book!

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