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Title:
Katherine's story
Author:
Kinkade, Thomas, 1958-2012.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : HarperCollins, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
165 pages ; 22 cm.
Summary:
In 1905, while pursuing her dreams of becoming an artist, the twelve-year-old daughter of the Cape Light lighthouse keeper learns the value of family, home, and friendship.
General Note:
"A Parachute Press Book."

" Cape Light novel"
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 3.8 4.0 77517.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9780060543419

9780060543426
Format :
Book

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Meet The Girls of Lighthouse Lane. . .

Katherine is the daughter of the lighthouse keeper. She dreams of becoming a painter. But in 1905, a girl can't grow up to be a famous artist -- can she?

Rose just moved to the town of Cape Light. She wants to fit in with her new friends, but Rose has a secret she can't share with anyone. . . .

Lizabeth is Kat's rich cousin who always gets what she wants. But Lizabeth soon finds out that money can't keep her from losing the most precious thing of all. . . .

Amanda's mother passed away, and now Amanda keeps house for her minister father. When she meets a very special young man, can she find the courage to be friends with him in spite of her father's disapproval?

The quiet New England town of Cape Light never seems to change. But in the year 1905, the lives of these four friends will be transformed in ways they never could have imagined. . . .


Author Notes

Thomas Kinkade was born in Sacramento, California in 1958. He spent one summer on a sketching tour with a college friend and afterwards produced the instructional book, The Artist's Guide to Sketching. The book's success landed the two artists at Ralph Bakshi Studios to create background art for the animation feature, Fire and Ice. After the film, Kinkade began earning a living as a painter and is now one of America's most collected living artists. He has also written numerous books including Lightposts for Living and the Cape Light series.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Kinkade spins off his Cape Light Novels for adults with this engaging if sometimes contrived debut book of a series set in the same New England coastal town, co-written with Tamar. Aspiring artist Kat, the daughter of the lighthouse keeper, stands watch in the tower one stormy night in 1905 when the lighthouse beacon suddenly goes out. Holding a lantern, the 12-year-old guides a floundering boat to shore, and the grateful sailors, a couple from Boston, thank their rescuer by securing her admission to an art school in their city a dream come true for the heroine. Kat's father agrees to pay half the tuition money if Kat can raise the other half, which she uses her artistic talents to accomplish. But when her parents are not able to come up with their half, Kat stows away on a Boston-bound boat, determined to convince the headmaster to let her work at the school for the remaining tuition. In a stretch of credibility, the vessel sinks and Kat and the crew are rescued by her father, who sets out in another boat when he learns of Kat's whereabouts. The authors incorporate at times laboriously period details into the novel, which will be followed by tales focusing on Kat's cousin and friends. Readers are likely to find these characters sufficiently likable to justify another visit to Cape Light. Ages 10-up. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-A solidly commercial work, the first in a new line that will feature stories ostensibly around the subjects of Thomas Kinkade's paintings. Resourceful and determined Kat, 12, will let nothing stand in her way of becoming an artist, even if few early-20th-century women have achieved such recognition. Given the opportunity to study at an elite school in Boston, she soon finds a means to earn her share of the tuition. When her father is unable to come up with his promised share, the girl is disappointed but undaunted. In an effort to see the headmaster and convince him to admit her anyway, Kat stows away on a ship that sinks. When everyone is rescued, she comes to appreciate her family and her life in Cape Light and decides to stay put until she is mature enough to live independently. The novel is steeped in the cozy and traditional values observed in the works of the popular "Painter of Light." Discriminating readers may catch some stereotypical elements in this story and find it somewhat unsatisfying as a result. Children who are simply looking for a good read should find much to enjoy.-Catherine Ensley, Latah County Free Library District, Moscow, ID (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.