LEWISTON – Joanne Baribault, a Lewiston native, recently published “Chess with Butterflies,” which continues the adventures of Sam, the young hero she introduced in her first book, “Fishing with Balloons,” in 2003.

Sam, now 12, is in the sixth-grade and is an enthusiastic member of his school’s chess club. He unexpectedly confronts a frightening memory of the accident that caused his mobility problems.

But with the help of his parents and an old friend, he regains the confidence he needs to go on to the national chess tournament in New York City.

Starting with engaging and out-of-the-ordinary characters, Baribault, writing under the pen name “Dion,” builds a story that uses true-to-life situations as it races to its exciting conclusion.

Besides being a story designed to hold young readers’ interest (grades 4and up), this is a phonetically controlled text that emphasizes certain families of words as an aid to teachers. More information is available at www.oxtonhouse.com.

Baribault has a master’s degree in literacy.

“Chess with Butterflies” was published by Oxton House Publishers of Farmington.