AUBURN – Auburn juried artist Melanie Therrien and Farmington native J. Bean Palmer have pooled their creative talents to produce a book titled “The Cape Cod Witch and The Pirate’s Treasure.”

The two came together when Palmer needed an illustrator for her book. She found that Therrien has a way with color and an intricate style that seemed perfect for the fast-paced adventure tale for the young and young at heart.

The story revolves around ElsBeth Amelia Thistle, the youngest witch on Cape Cod. Other characters include a mischievous cat, an Indian prince who had been turned into a bullfrog, ElsBeth’s grandmother who lived through the Salem witch trials and various nonmagical classmates who are memorable in their own right.

The 125-page paperback includes 20 colorful illustrations. It is the first in a planned series on New England locations intended to fuel the imagination while also focusing on morals, values, history and the environment.

“The Cape Cod Witch and The Pirate’s Treasure” is available in Lewiston at Mr. Paperback and Captive Elements Art House, where Therrien is a curator; Leapin’ Lizards in Freeport and Portland; Royal River Books in Yarmouth; and The Book Review in Falmouth.

A book-signing is scheduled for July 17 in Hyannis, Mass., where the artist will be working on the cover for the next book in the series.


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