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The Lighthouse Santa
Sara Hoagland Hunter; Julia Miner, illus.




Flying Dog Stories & University Press of New England
2011 • 36 pp. 24 color illus. 8 1/2 x 11"
Children's Fiction / Children's ages 4-8


$17.95 Hardcover, 978-1-61168-006-5



The Lighthouse Santa by Sara Hoagland Hunter with illustrations by Julia Miner should be in every Marblehead home. If you have young children it’s a must. If your children are grown, buy it just in case. If you have no children, buy it to remember your own childhood dreams and then find a child to read it to.”—Marblehead Magazine.com

The Lighthouse Santa drops presents to all of us who live alone at the edge of the ocean. From Owl’s Head Light in Maine to our Great Point Light on Nantucket, we wait for the sound of his plane. He has never missed a Christmas…at least, not yet

For Kate, life at the Great Point Lighthouse on Nantucket Island can be exciting, full of stormy seas and even shipwrecks. But it can also be lonely, with only her mother, father, and brother Sam to keep her company. Now it’s Christmas Eve, and Kate waits in her lighthouse as a blizzard threatens to ruin this most special day. For as long as she can remember, the Lighthouse Santa has dropped presents from his airplane for all the lighthouse keepers’ children. But will his plane make it through hurricane winds and blinding snow? Sam says it is impossible, but Kate has been keeping a secret Christmas wish all year long, and she will not give up hope.

Based on the Christmas flights of Edward Rowe Snow, hero to lighthouse children for almost fifty years, The Lighthouse Santa has all the elements of a true Christmas classic: light, love, wonder, and the power of one child’s faith to shine through darkness. From the midst of the howling storm to her own soaring flight with the Lighthouse Santa, Kate must cling to her father’s promise that “Nothing is impossible on Christmas Eve in a lighthouse.”

In their first collaboration since the success of their award-winning picture book The Unbreakable Code, author Sara Hoagland Hunter and illustrator Julia Miner once again shed light on a little-known episode of history.

Reviews:

“Not only does Sara Hoagland Hunter’s new book, The Lighthouse Santa, deliver this much needed holiday balm, it shines a light on a fascinating bit of New England history many of us may not know about. And oh yes, it may just grab the attention of those tech-crazed kids of ours too.”—Concord Monitor

Endorsements:

“Your book brought tears to my eyes. My husband and I couldn’t believe all the memories it brought back to us!”Dolly Snow Bicknell, daughter of Edward Rowe Snow



SARA HOAGLAND HUNTER is the author of eight previous books for children, including The Unbreakable Code, the award-winning story of the Navajo Code Talkers of World War II, also illustrated by Julia Miner. A lifelong New Englander, she has always been drawn to the seashore and the magic of lighthouses. Through her art and design work, JULIA MINER celebrates the gifts we receive from our past, affirming ageless values such as heroism and regional identity.






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