Kelly’s Search for Family

by Bertha Schwartz

Genres: Children & Young Adult

ISBN: 9781620208076

152 pages

Price: $12.99

It’s 1880 and Kelly lives alone with her Papa, a lighthouse-keeper in Massachusetts. She longs to know more about her Mama, and Papa has finally promised to tell her the truth on her fourteenth birthday. Before Kelly can learn much though, dangerous men the notorious Blackburn Brothers arrive unannounced and take Papa away. Kelly is left alone and responsible for the lighthouse.
Granny, a former slave and family friend, learns of Kelly’s plight and decides to help find the answers to her questions. Mysterious letters, snow storms, and violence threaten Kelly’s safe haven as new friends help unearth old secrets in Kelly’s lighthouse home. How can she bring her papa back? Who is her true family?
Kelly’s Search for Family has thought-provoking discussion questions!
Kelly’s Search for Family is the second book in The Searchers series.

The setting of Kelly’s Search for Family captured my interest on the first page for I enjoy a story with lighthouses and the sea. The banter between Papa and his daughter Kelly was filled with trust and adoration, which settles me into the tale. Well written the tale flows, and becomes suspenseful. As the story unfolds, with twists and turns, I’m delighted. When Kelly is faced with decisions, she may be afraid but she takes charge despite her fears. Kelly’s Search for Family will keep young readers turning pages to find out what happens next to Kelly in the aftermath of the Civil War and slavery.
Jean Ann Williams
Author of Road Trip of Delusion

Book One:

Daisy's Search for Freedom

Book Three:

Sarah's Search for Treasure


Bertha Schwartz is a Swiss Amish transplant to the beautiful farmland of Nappanee, Indiana. She loves spending time with family and friends, including fifty-two nieces and nephews. Her hobbies include scrapbooking, sewing, and reading. Raised near the lovely Swiss city of Berne, Indiana, Swiss is her mother-language. Languages and different dialects are a special interest of hers.