Gifts from the Sea by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock & Judy Pederson

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Quila MacFarlane is devastated by the death of her mother, especially now that it’s just her and her father on Devils Rock where her father is the lighthouse keeper. They can’t leave and almost no one ever comes to visit them. But the morning after a storm, something floats ashore that changes their lives forever: Two small mattresses strapped together, and inside, a baby! They name her Cecelia, which means “a gift from the sea,” and call her Celia. She makes them a family again–and helps heal the hurt left by Quila’s mother’s passing. Two years later, though, another stranger arrives, one who changes everything all over again: A woman named Margaret, come looking for the final resting place of her sister, whose ship had gone down in a storm two years before. Her sister’s baby had never been found, either, she explains, and now she has no family of her own. Could this be Celia’s aunt? Will Quila have to give up Celia so Margaret can have her own family back? This is a gripping tale full of love, loss, and healing.

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About Natalie Kinsey-Warnock & Judy Pederson

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Natalie Kinsey-Warnock is the author of many wonderful books for young readers.From the Hardcover edition.
Published March 25, 2009 by Yearling. 128 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Margaret spends six months at the lighthouse, learning to love the place while Quila frets over the coming loss of Celia to Margaret.

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Inspired by the true story of a mid-19th-century lighthouse keeper who found a baby washed ashore, this atmospheric historical novel focuses on the keeper's 12-year-old daughter. Quila, the nar

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And a fantasy-like sequence as Quila is drowning seems out of place in an otherwise realistic novel: just as Quila sinks "down, down to where the fishes would feast on [her] bones," she and Celia are miraculously rescued by a pod of seals and, perhaps, by the ghost of Celia's mother.

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