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The Bravest Woman in America (Junior Library Guild Selection)by Marissa Moss
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Ida Lewis loved everything about the sea, so when her father became the official keeper of Lime Rock Lighthouse in Newport, Rhode Island, she couldn’t imagine anything better.
Throughout the years, Ida shadowed her father as he tended the lighthouse, listening raptly to his stories about treacherous storms, drowning sailors, and daring rescues. Under her father’s watchful eye, she learned to polish the lighthouse lens so the light would shine bright. She learned to watch the sea for any sign of trouble. And, most importantly, she learned to row.
Ida felt ready for anything—and she was.
Award-winning author Marissa Moss pairs up with award-winning illustrator Andrea U’Ren in a stunning collaboration that sheds light on a remarkable piece of history. Based on the true story of Ida Lewis, who was dubbed “the Bravest Woman in America” and who was recognized with the Congressional Life Saving Medal and the American Cross of Honor, this inspiring and unforgettable tale of courage and real-life heroism is a tribute to brave women everywhere.
"Moss's (Sky High: The True Story of Maggie Gee) short, stirring biography of 19th-century lighthouse keeper Ida Lewis centers on Lewis's first rescue, at age 16, off the coast of Rhode Island. Lewis, who took over keeping duties at Lime Rock from her ailing father when she was a teenager, spent her life near the ocean. 'She loved it when it was wild with froth.... the bite of salt in her nose as she breathed in the ocean air.' After Lewis sees a boat with four boys capsize, a descriptive, dramatic narrative relates how she speeds into action, rowing to the scene and hauling each one into her craft. U'Ren's (Feeding the Sheep) bold, mixed-media illustrations capture the power and many moods of the sea, from calm ultramarine to the foam-topped dark slate and deep green of stormy waters. Heavy brushstrokes and black outlines (which make some illustrations resemble woodcuts) suggest the deliberate strength with which Ida carried out her vocation. An author's note reveals how Lewis went on to rescue others, receiving the Congressional Life Saving Medal and additional awards. Ages 5 — 8. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
MARISSA MOSS has written and illustrated more than 40 books. Her latest book with Tricycle Press, Sky High: The True Story of Maggie Gee, also a picture book biography about a strong female, was named a 2010 Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, a Booklist 2010 Top Ten Biography, and an Amelia Bloomer Project Selection.
ANDREA U'REN is the author and illustrator of many books for children, including Mary Smith; Pugdog; Stormy's Hat, Just Right for a Railroad Man, written by Eric Kimmel; One Potato, Two Potato, written by Cynthia DeFelice; and Feeding the Sheep, written by Leda Schubert. She studied illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design and The Cooper Union.
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