Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie

From the Series On My Own History

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 4   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

Abbie was afraid. She had never had to keep the lights burning by herself. But many lives depended on the lighthouse, and Papa was depending on Abbie. This is the exciting true story of Abbie Burgess, who in 1856 single-handedly kept the lighthouse lamps lit during a tremendous storm off the coast of Maine.

Format Your Price
Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 4
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Nonfiction
Category Social Studies
Copyright 1985
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Brand On My Own Books
Imprint First Avenue Editions ™, Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 40
Publication Date 1985-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 2.7
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
Dewey 387.1'55
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 5.875 x 8.5
Lexile 260
Guided Reading Level K
ATOS Reading Level 2.2
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 668
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Author/Illustrator note, Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Reviewed, Starred Reviews, Teaching Guides, and eSource


  • Reading Rainbow® Book, Winner, 1985



“The Roops have done an excellent job of putting a fascinating tale into simple language. . . Hanson’s lovely watercolors evoke the mood and are far and away superior to what appears in many easy-to-reads.” —Booklist

School Library Journal

“Based on a true story of an 1856 storm off the coast of Maine, Abbie’s tale is one of endurance and bravery. One of the best historical beginnings. . . refreshing cold blast of salty real life.” —School Library Journal

School Library Journal

“. . .The tale stands alone as an exciting account of a young girls’s courage. The vivid wather color paintings are highly effective. . . All in all, one of the best historical beginning- to-reads—a refreshing cold blast of salty real life.” —School Library Journal

Author: Peter Roop

Author: Connie Roop

Illustrator: Peter E. Hanson

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On My Own History

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