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388 pages Ages 10-16 Heirloom Hardcover & Trade Paperback ISBN 9781948959117 5.5 × 8.5 × 1.5 in

Ocean-Born Mary

written and illustrated by Lois Lenski

To be released in June 2020. Cover is a draft.

Ocean-Born Mary was a real person. She was born in mid-ocean, while her parents, a young Scotch-Irish couple, were voyaging to American in 1720. Shortly after her birth, the ship was captured by pirates. The sight of the new-born babe so moved the pirate captain that he named the baby Mary and allowed the immigrant band to proceed on its voyage unharmed. The child grew up to be called Ocean-Born Mary.

Lois Lenski came across this colorful New England legend, traced its historic origins with delight and wrote an absorbing story around this fascinating woman. It is a powerful tale, rich in flavor and humor, and valuable for its true picture of Portsmouth and the surrounding New Hampshire countryside fifty years before the American Revolution.

Lenski also wrote an afterword, dated May 1, 1939, about her research of Mary.

To be released in 2020, the 300th year anniversary of Mary’s birth.

Heirloom quality hardcovers of Ocean-Born Mary were funded through our kickstarter campaign! We have a small number hardcovers left. If you’d like to reserve a copy please order and pay for it now. It will be shipped in June.

All Phebe Fairchild and Ocean-Born Mary books should be placed together on one order. If you’d like other books on our site, please order them separately. Thanks!