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To Keep the South Manitou Light

Anna Egan Smucker

Publication Year: 2006

Set on South Manitou Island in Lake Michigan during the fall of 1871, To Keep the South Manitou Light tells the fictional tale of a twelve-year-old girl named Jessie, whose family has been taking care of the lighthouse on the island for generations. Jessie’s mother has kept the light by herself since Jessie’s grandfather died of a heart attack ten days before the story begins. Afraid her family will lose the lighthouse, Jessie decides not to mail her mother’s letter informing the Lighthouse Service of her grandfather’s death and instead puts it in one of her mother’s canning jars and tosses it into the lake. Later, as a fierce November ice storm hits the island, the repercussions of this action will not only teach Jessie about honor and responsibility but will also give her hard-earned insight into what it means to be brave. Written for children between the ages of 8 and 12, To Keep the South Manitou Light provides regional history along with everyday lessons, all while engrossing young readers in an exciting story.

Published by: Wayne State University Press

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Frontmatter

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Copyright

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Dedication

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Acknowledgments

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Author’s Note

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The characters in this story are fictional, and the life of South Manitou Island has been changed in several instances for the sake of the story, but the lighthouse is real. Several years ago, my ...

Sources for Information about South Manitou Island

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About the Author

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Credits

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E-ISBN-13: 9780814339961
Print-ISBN-13: 9780814332368

Page Count: 144
Illustrations: 18
Publication Year: 2006

Series Title: Great Lakes Books Series