Julia L. Sauer, a librarian living in Rochester, NY, wrote three children’s novels. Amazingly two of them were named Newbery Honor Books. That’s impressive! Her first winner was Fog Magic that I wrote about last week. Her 2nd novel was The Light at Tern Rock. Two very different stories, but both exciting for a young reader.
Ronnie and Aunt Martha agree to spend two weeks tending the remote Tern Rock Lighthouse off the coast of Nova Scotia. The usual caretaker asks for this favor so he can visit his relatives before Christmas. At first Ronnie is excited to be living in a real lighthouse surrounded by the wild ocean! But when the caretaker doesn’t return on time, and it looks like he and Aunt Martha will end up spending Christmas all alone, the fun ends.
There are a lot of good life lessons in this short but well-written book.
Early Middle Grade Reading Level, 64 pages, Published 1951.