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Annotation: In late seventeenth-century England, eleven-year-old Digory, forced to leave his hometown after his father is lost at sea, becomes an apprentice to the architect Henry Winstanley, who built a lighthouse on the treacherous Eddystone Reef -- the very rocks that sank Digory's grandfather's ship years before.
Catalog Number: #24342
Binding Type: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
Copyright Date: 2007
Edition Date: 2008
Pages: xiii, 224 p.
Availability: Indefinitely Out of Stock
ISBN: Publisher: 0-439-67703-3 Perma-Bound: 0-605-18114-4
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-439-67703-5 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-18114-4
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2006010137
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
Reviewing Agencies:
ALA Booklist (Thu May 01 00:00:00 CDT 2008)
Horn Book (Fri Aug 01 00:00:00 CDT 2008)
Kirkus Reviews
School Library Journal
Voice of Youth Advocates
Wilson's Children's Catalog
Wilson's High School Catalog
Wilson's Junior High Catalog
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Word Count: 43,410
Reading Level: 5.3
Interest Level: 4-7
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.3 / points: 7.0 / quiz: 122220 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:5.3 / points:12.0
Lexile: 810L

When a storm brings down his father's boat, Digory Beale is forced to leave home to discover his fate. For if Digory has been orphaned, he can never go home again. On his journey, Digory becomes the apprentice to a charming stranger whose life's obsession is to save sailors' lives. Digory must face his fears of the sea to help Henry bring candles to the lighthouse he's built on a killer reef. But who could have known the force of a monster storm heading their way? In this poignant page-turner, Digory comes to understand the many facets of courage -- and what it means to be a true hero. Note: This historical fiction is based on the true-life exploits of Henry Winstanley, who was the Walt Disney, Ben Franklin, and P.T. Barnum of his day. He created an amazing fun house with rides and amusements never before seen in his time. And he built a whimsical lighthouse full of whirlygigs and decorations on bare rock on the Eddystone Reef to save the lives of sailors. For four years, no sailor was lost to the reef. But alas, it was the storm of the century that toppled the lighthouse and took the showman's life in a final, horrific exit. Author's Awards: *Carolyn Field Book Award; The Florida Sunshine State Award; Children's Crown Classic Christian School Award; The Black-Eyed Susan Award; Maude Harte Lovelace Award; the Arkansas Charlie May Award; IRA Teachers' Choice The Memory Coat: 2000 Carolyn Field Book Award (PA); CBC/NCSS Notable Selector's Choice; Smithsonian's Notable Books for Children; IRA Teachers' Choice