Between the Covers

Editor’s note: Here’s a couple of the latest books to arrive in the mail at The Ellsworth American. They either have ties to the state or are of special interest to our readers.


Drugs-driven, crime thriller

Kennedy Hudner

In Maine, Fentenyl was behind many of the 2,432 drug-induced deaths, which tripled, between 2007 and 2017. The vast majority of the synthetic opiod’s victims were male.

Maine’s lucrative drug trade, where a fisherman might make $25,000 for a two-hour delivery of 40 pounds of heroin and Fentenyl to dealers in a coastal town, is the backdrop for Glastonbury, Conn. author Kennedy Hudner’s crime thriller “North Harbor: Murder, Mayhem and Smuggling on the Maine Coast” (released online via amazon this past summer).

Hudner may be “From Away” as they say, but he has ties to the state. His wife hails originally from Old Town and they have often vacationed in Southwest Harbor and spent much time exploring Acadia National Park.

The author did considerable research to accurately portray a Maine fishing community without repeating the usual clichés.  The characters ring true from North Harbor cop Frank Finley, who is working undercover for the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, and his forthright, gun-toting wife looking to defend herself and family in case the corrupt local police chief or drug dealers come after them.

“North Harbor” is a well plotted, suspenseful thriller whose diverse characters each has his or her own issues and challenges that many twenty- to seventysomething readers can relate to whether they live in Maine or not.


  • Letitia Baldwin

What lurks in the night

Jennifer Richard Jacobson

Maine Author’s New Picture Book “This is MY Room (No Tigers Allowed)” celebrates a young girl’s determination to gain independence, even if she has to cope with a lion, a bear, and a curious tiger along the way.

When Woolwich author Jennifer Richard Jacobson’s daughter was 3 and afraid to sleep in her own room, mother and daughter together made a warning sign that read: “No animals, no dinosaurs, no creepy crawlies, no scary things.” The sign did the trick.

Jacobson and her daughter’s successful sign campaign to deter wild creatures in the night became the inspiration for “This is MY Room” (HarperCollins, 2019,” published earlier this year.

In the picture book, illustrated by Nova Scotian illustrator  Alexandria Neonakis, who lives in Los Angeles, the young protagonist name Jojo can’t wait to spend the night in her very own bed in her very own room. She doesn’t care what her big sister Margaret says, she’s NOT afraid and she WON’T be back to the bedroom they used to share. There’s just one problem though: there are intruders in her new room. A lion, a bear, and a very persistent tiger seem to think it is THEIR room, not Jojo’s.

“Jacobson tackles the perennial desire of children to resist bedtime with a unique twist,” writes Kirkus Reviews, “her understated, patterned text totally in tune with her readers. Neonakis’ engaging use of color and composition make this a real page-turner….A winner, day or night.”

A writer, teacher and educational consultant, Jacobson writes for many ages, from children’s picture books to adult nonfiction. “Small as an Elephant” and “Paper Things” are among the best known titles. Her books have garnered many awards including Junior Library Guild Selections, Parents Choice Gold Award, Publisher’s Weekly Best Children’s Books, and Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of the Year.

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