Across the Reach
Mitten Press, 2007.
One May day, ten-year-old Betsy boards a train for Maine, where she will temporarily live with her grandparents and great-grandmother, a scary-looking, withered old lady who clutches a worn rag doll, speaks nonsense, and periodically tries to run away from home and go “across the Reach,” Eggemoggin Reach, to the island where she was born.
But Betsy’s life gets much better when she makes a friend who helps her discover the secrets that lie behind the mysterious island where Great-Grammie once lived.
This is the story of my grandparents, Great-Grammie Henley, and our family heritage on Deer Isle, which lies across Eggemoggin Reach from the mainland. That island and my family’s connection to its history has inspired two of my recent projects, another middle reader, and a Civil War novel.