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by Liz Chipman

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-525-47312-2
Publisher: Dutton

The Hudson River is bright with the colors of fall, but when 13-year-old Weezie’s mother takes off, it’s only the beginning of dark times for her and her family. Determined to hold the family together, Weezie takes it upon herself to look after the household, take care of her brothers and father, and make sure that her father doesn’t lose his job as lighthouse keeper. As the year passes, each of them learns valuable lessons about family and love. Slowly, the family begins to pull itself together and then another tragedy tests their strength once again. While the story is one that’s becoming more and more familiar, there’s appeal in Chipman’s rich description of life in a lighthouse in the late 30s with its unique problems as well as the moments of near poetry that can be found by those who had to have a certain spirit to take it all in stride. In her debut, Chipman proves to be a writer to watch. (Fiction. 9-12)