When Will It Happen?

By Susan Yaruta-Young Crossing The Bridge from Downeast Maine onto Deer Isle is more than traveling up, up, up, then down, down, down, 2,000 feet over the salty waves of Eggemoggin Reach. Many people claim it is a journey back in time into a world where the past lives beside the present, where winds through trees whisper the future. August 12, 1985, Max, age twelve, and Charles, age nine, are on a vacation to Little Deer Isle, a place they’ve never been before. On first entering their cabin they find a warm blueberry pie and a note: “Enjoy!” But when they turn this note over, they see a riddle: “It will happen at some time Be it when the sun is bright Or on a starry night.” “What does that mean?” asks Charles. Neither boy knows, but something will happen. Will it be while walking in blueberry fields at dawn? …

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The Great Snapping Turtle Adventure

Poet and novelist Susan Yaruta-Young tells the always charming, sometimes spooky story of a family outing on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. When Fred takes stepsons Max and Charles to Elliott Island for a day of crabbing, none of them are expecting to encounter anything out of the ordinary. But all bets are off when you drive out that long narrow road to the End of the World. An old woman gives them a giant snapping turtle to sell, and their day gets weird. And when they stumble across the same woman’s gravestone–with her death date inscribed, but hidden in the ground–their trip becomes stranger still. As every answer leads to more questions, what starts as a “Boys’ Day Out” becomes an adventure that will not soon be forgotten. .