Imagine a Chicago-born 10-year-old kid, Corey, spending two adventure filled weeks with his grandparents in Cundy’s Harbor, Maine. Fun!
Deborah Meroff came up with a great idea, and her book Maine Has Moxie, published by North Country Press, really captures our state, from a kid’s point of view. Corey lobsters with his grandfather, fishes and catches a shark, hikes part of the Appalachian Trail, sees moose and whales and lots of other critters, and discovers Moxie, although he immediately recognizes that it tastes awful.
I wouldn’t have the heart to tell him that Moxie is not made in Maine, although some claim it was first created here. But of course Corey loved the Moxie festival in Lisbon.
Of Corey’s many adventures, I particularly enjoyed his time aboard his grandfather’s lobster boat, and their many visits to historical places in Maine. I even learned some things from those visits. Corey’s grandfather gave him a scrapbook and after each adventure the boy’s drawings captured his excitement and new knowledge.
There’s a good reason Meroff was able to capture our state so well, because she was born in Bath. Yup, she’s a Mainer. And even though her family lived in other states as she grew up, they always returned to Maine for summer holidays. And she fell in love with our state.
She has worked in Maine and elsewhere as a librarian, edited a magazine in Pennsylvania, and even served as a journalist press officer on board OM ships, a Christian charity which takes book fairs to countries worldwide. Boy that sounds like fun.
For 26 years beginning in 1988, she worked in OM’s international communications office, traveling to over 100 countries and writing lots of articles and books. But after traveling the world she retired to enjoy writing from her lakeside cottage in Sabbatus, Maine. Great choice Deborah!