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

Flying Dog/UPNE
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... [continued in Reviews below]”—Marblehead

Announcing the perfect family read-aloud for Christmas Eve! From the award-winning team who brought you The Unbreakable Code, winner of a Smithsonian citation, a Western Writers of America Spur award, and a National Council of Teachers of English award comes The Lighthouse Santa, a tale of wonder, wishes, and friendship inspired by a true hero.

As a storm blasts Nantucket Island, Kate waits for the Lighthouse Santa to bring the present she has been wishing for all year. Brother Sam says Santa won’t make it during the blizzard but Dad promises, “Nothing is impossible on Christmas Eve in a lighthouse." Lush illustrations of a dramatic island storm, a cozy Christmas Eve, and sparkling lighthouse views bring this holiday favorite to life.

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.”

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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

“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

“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

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SARA HOAGLAND HUNTER is the author of ten books for children including her most recent, Every Turtle Counts, winner of a Ben Franklin Gold Award, a Moonbeam Children’s Award, and a National Science Teachers Outstanding Science Trade Book Award. Her best-known work is multiple award-winner The Unbreakable Code, the inspiring story of the Navajo code talkers of World War II illustrated by Julia Miner. Ms. Hunter has written for Warner Bros., Nickelodeon, and Jim Henson Productions. Her songs for the animated television seriesThe Baby Looney Tunes air around the world. JULIA MINER, an architect and artist from Concord, MA, believes what a friend once said: “What you do for children counts twice.” She has illustrated four picture books including The Unbreakable Code by Sara Hunter, which won several honors including the Smithsonian Book Award, the Western Writers of America Spur Award, and The Arizona Governor’s Literacy Award. Sales from her landscape paintings benefit the Food Project, employing inner city and suburban youth to farm together, and, providing safe water to children around the globe. Julia enjoys sharing with students of all ages the process of making a book, a painting, or a place we inhabit. Visit her at

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