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SISTERS OF SCITUATE LIGHT by Stephen Krensky

SISTERS OF SCITUATE LIGHT

By Stephen Krensky (Author) , Stacey Schuett (Illustrator)

Age Range: 6 - 10

Pub Date: May 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-525-47792-1
Publisher: Dutton

When the British threaten their town during the War of 1812, two patriotic sisters outwit the marauding redcoats in this true story. In September of 1814, the British have recently invaded Washington and burned the White House. Rebecca and Abbie Bates live with their family in a house next to the Scituate Light in Scituate, Mass., where, as lighthouse keeper, their father Simeon prevents approaching ships from running aground. Only two week ago, British sailors attacked Scituate harbor, burning boats and looting supplies. When Simeon goes away on a short trip, he leaves 21-year-old Rebecca and 17-year-old Abbie behind to watch the lighthouse. While Simeon’s away, the British return, eager to attack the town again, but the vigilant Bates sisters see the invading sailors and cleverly use their Yankee ingenuity to trick the British and save Scituate. Relying on a dramatic use of light and color, Schuett’s illustrations intensify the suspense in this little-known historical incident with real-life heroines whose quick-witted defense of their town is sure to inspire. (historical note) (Picture book. 6-10)