Friday, March 15, 2013

Maine Statehood: Books from the Pine Tree State

On this day in 1820, Maine became the 23rd state. Massachusetts has never gotten over the loss. In honor of the Pine Tree state, here's a list of books by Mainers! (Also, shout out to the State Library of Maine, for their awesome database of Maine authors. Very helpful for people like me!)


Fortune's Folly by Deva Fagan. Fortuna makes her living by telling people fake fortunes. Until it goes wrong, because if the one she told the prince doesn't come true, he'll kill her father.

Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 by Philip Hoose. B95 is a red knot rufa, a small bird that migrates from the Canadian Arctic to Tierra del Fuego, and back again, every year. B95 has done this flight so many times, he could have flown to the moon, and then some. Hoose spends a year tracking the red knot rufas, a species that is dying out, trying to see if, once again, B95 will make it.

Getting to Third Date by Kelly McClymer. Katelyn knows first dates are awful, so she'll always go out with a guy twice. But, to get a third date, it has to be true love. When her newspaper editor finds out she's never been on a third date, he demands she look up three guys from her past dates and give them a third chance. And write about it in her advice column. For the entire school.


Homecoming by Cynthia Voight. On a road trip to their great-aunt's house, the Tillerman's mother leaves the kids in the car while she runs into the mall for something. She never comes back. It's up to Dicey, the oldest, to get her siblings to their grat-aunts, trying to survive on little money and keeping away from main roads and prying eyes who may call the authorities. And, after all that, when they find their great-aunt, will she even want them? This has been a teen favorite for decades and is the first book in the Tillerman cycle. Follow it with Dicey's Song.

It by Stephen King. Ok, King writes for adults, but he has legions of teenage fans, and one thing librarians talk about is whether some of his stuff would be YA if he were starting out now.

The Giver by Lois Lowry. When jobs are handed out, Jonas is apprenticed to The Giver. In their perfect society, it's the Giver's job to remember what life was like before. The Giver is the only one who knows pain, but he's also the only one who can see colors or know joy. In addition to the memories, Jonas is given the truth behind what makes their society work. (Lowry only partially lives in Maine-- she splits her time with Massachusetts.)


Need by Carrie Jones. The pixie needs a queen. He wants Zara. Will Zara give in, or will she fight back? If she loses, he will destroy everything. Meanwhile, everyone in her new town has a secret. Secrets that makes the fact that stalker pixie kings exist seem much more normal. The first in a series, follow it with Captivate.

The Last Book In The Universe by Rodman Philbrick. In a future world where every's plugged into machines that let them escape their ruined reality, Spaz is on a quest to save his sick sister. An epilectic, Spaz isn't effected by the machines, allowing him to see the truth. His quest takes him through territories controlled by gangs and teen war lords, areas too poor to afford the machines. (Philbrick is another one that splits his time between Maine and another state, this time Florida.)

The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley. Starting with the incident that made Robin flee into the woods and take up a life of crime, McKinley puts her own spin on the Robin Hood legend. (McKinley lives in England now, but she spent many years living in Maine.)

Who are your favorite authors from Maine?

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