Down East 2013 ©
Sarey by Lantern Light
Ages 9 and up.
Sarey has a different way of seeing, but her teacher at the crowded city school in Buffalo doesn’t recognize this. She knows Sarey is bright and artistically talented, but blames Sarey’s refusal to read on laziness. In fact, Sarey is dyslexic -- a condition that in the 1970s was not so well recognized and understood as it is today.
Sarey’s parents are fed up with the city, and decide to move to far northern Maine -- potato country -- to make a new start. However, their dream to establish their own little house in the woods almost ends in disaster. For a crucial few hours in the falling dark of a snowy winter day, the success of her family’s new life all depends on Sarey.
Beautifully told, this is a moving story with likeable and vividly drawn characters, simple but important values, and an insightful portrayal of the world seen through the eyes of a child with dyslexia. Sarey by Lantern Light is sure to be welcomed by librarians, home-schooling parents, and young readers themselves.
"Sarey is an inspiration and a beacon of hope to other children suffering from misunderstanding as a result of a learning disability, and she also has something to teach adults, too." -- Maine-ly Women Wordsmiths