1952 Newbery Honor
"Ronnie and his aunt are tending the Tern Rock lighthouse for 2 weeks in December while its keeper takes a much-needed vacation. Ronnie learns to love the slap of the waves against the Rock, sleeping in a bunk, climbing the winding staircase, and lighting the great lamp each night.
When the lighthouse keeper doesn't return on the appointed day to take them home, Ronnie and his aunt are surprised but patient. But it doesn't take long before they realize the lighthouse keeper is not going to return in time for Christmas. Ronnie's love for the Rock soon turns to hate. After all, how can anyone have a merry Christmas in such a barren place?"
This was a short (62 page), but sweet Christmas story. It never did say if they got off the Rock though...