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It was 1856. Abbie, her mother and her sisters were eating dinner.
Suddenly the kitchen became very dark. The wind rattled the windows. The shutters slammed against the lighthouse.
Abbie ran to the window. The sky was dark.
"Is it a storm?" Abbie's mother asked? She was very scared.
"Yes," Abbie answered.
"Your father will be caught in the storm," her mother screamed. "His boat will turn over. He will drown!"
Abbie put her arm around her mother. "He has had all day to sail. The wind has been good. He should be near the land by now. He will be all right."
Abbie and her family lived on Matinicus Rock. It was a huge rock in the sea. Abbie's father was in charge of the lighthouse on the rock.
But the supply ship had not come for months. They were low on food. They were low on their mother's medicine.

Find out how Abbie Burgess saves her family, and keeps the lights burning to keep the ships safe at sea in this exciting 15-minute book.

Ages 7 and up.
Reading level 2.6

This book is part of our "Heroes in History" series. These 15-minute books focus on a specific moment in a historic person's life. Aimed at second graders, they provide the perfect introduction to famous Americans in an exciting, fun-to-read way. believes in the value of children practicing reading for 15 minutes every day. Our 15-Minute Books give children lots of fun, exciting choices to read, from classic stories, to mysteries, to books of knowledge. Many books are appropriate for hi-lo readers. Open the world of reading to a child by having them read for 15 minutes a day.

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