Gifts from the Sea
Natalie Kinsey-Warnock is a fantastic writer. I have recommended several of her books on this list, and I have even used some of her writings as examples in my curriculum. Gifts from the Sea is targeted toward a little older audience: 12-adult. The story is intriguing. Twelve-year-old Quila lives alone with her father, the lighthouse keeper on Devil’s Rock, after her mother’s recent death. The morning after a storm, something comes floating to their shore: two mattresses strapped together with a baby inside. The book features great writing and gentle messages of love, hope, sacrifice, and family. Readers should be aware that the main character does talk briefly about her possible belief in ghosts. Readers learn about what life is like as a lighthouse keeper in an earlier era. This would be a good book for reluctant teenage readers or those new to good and beautiful style books.
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