BAR HARBOR — Summer vacation just got a lot more interesting. Come see for yourself, at the Jesup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor, on Saturday, May 10, at 3 p.m. when award-winning Maine author Cathie Pelletier shares her very first book for kids. It’s called “The Summer Experiment” and it puts its heroine Roberta – plus her best friend and their nemesis – on the trail of mysterious lights that appear in the sky above their northern Maine home.
“Who would have thought I'd write a book for young readers?” says Ms. Pelletier, who was born and raised in Allagash which is the blueprint for the fictional Mattagash where she’s set four popular novels for adults: “The Funeral Makers,” “Once Upon a Time on the Banks,” “The Weight of Winter” and “The One-Way Bridge.”
Her newest book was written for children age about 8 to 12, and copies will be available for purchase courtesy of event co-sponsor Sherman’s, which donates a portion of every book sold that day to the library.
“The details of Roberta’s rural life ... are well drawn and authentic. Roberta’s self-confidence and determination are her calling card, and her quest to stand out entertains up through the wild twists of the final chapters,” wrote Publishers Weekly, while Kirkus noted, “Roberta's first-person narration is believably authentic, and the mysterious spacecraft sightings add a modicum of suspense that weaves enticingly in and out of common coming-of-age themes... a heartfelt depiction of a summer of emerging self-realization.”
Ms. Pelletier’s talk and book signing is free and open to all. For more information, call the Jesup at 207-288-4245. Come meet the author and get a jump on summer vacation.
Jesup Memorial Library, 34 Mount Desert Street, Bar Harbor, ME, 04609