NORWAY — A young local author has received her first royalty check and a letter of commendation from Maine’s senior ranking senator.
Marrae Eshleman, a fifth-grade student at the Rowe Elementary School, recently published her first book, “Guaranteed Success for Grade School: 50 Easy Things You Can Do Today!” She received $83.70 from Books N Things on Main Street in Norway, which is selling the book.
The youngster plans to give half of her first check to Responsible Pet Care shelter in Norway.
Additionally, Marrae received a letter from U.S. Sen. OLympia Snowe. Her mom, Melissa Eshleman, said the senator sent the letter directly to the Rowe Elementary School.
“Her teacher received it and gave it to her (Marrae) while she was eating lunch in the cafeteria,” explained Melissa Eshlemen. “She and her teacher read the letter together and then Marrae was so excited that she immediately went to show the principal and the assistant principal. They all told her she should frame the letter. When I picked her up after school, she got in the car and told me that this was one of the best days of her life.”
In the letter, which was written on United States Senate letterhead, Snowe called the book “an amazing accomplishment” for an “amazing young lady!”
Snowe went on to say, “You certainly have an insightful understanding of your fellow classmates and what it takes to be a successful student. The fact that you took the time to share this with not only students from Rowe Elementary School, but potentially across our country, speaks volumes to your tremendous character and caring nature.”
She then extended her congratulations to one of Maine’s newest published authors.
Marrae, 10, said it took about a year gathering ideas from friends and family members and others to put together the 50 ideas, which range from listening to your teacher to cleaning up your work area and being happy and always smiling.
Melissa said her daughter intends to send signed copies of the book to Snowe and President and Mrs. Obama.