by Jean M. Flahive
Millie Thayer is a headstrong farmer’s daughter who chases her dreams in a way you would expect a little girl nicknamed “Spitfire” would—running full tilt and with her eyes on the stars. Dreaming of leaving farm life, working in the city, and fighting for women’s right to vote, Millie imagines flying away on a magic
carpet. One day, that flying carpet shows up in the form of an electric trolley that cuts across her farm. A fortune-teller predicts that Millie’s path will cross that of someone famous. Suddenly she finds herself caught up in events that shake the nation, Maine, and her family. Despairing that her dreams may be shattered, Millie learns, in an unexpected way, that dreams can be shared.
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“As she’s done in her previous books, Jean Flahive expertly rolls back the years, bringing us back to the arrival of interurban rail service in smalltown Maine. These “electric traveling machines” change young Millie’s life forever, opening up new worlds of possibility. She visits the city, rides with suffragettes, and even meets Theodore Roosevelt. An eye-opening and entertaining ride—you won’t want the train to stop! Highly recommended.”
—Andrew Vietze, award-winning author of Becoming Teddy Roosevelt
“As the great-granddaughter and current holder of the legacy of Sewall House,the history of TR’s friendship with William Sewall held within its walls, the chapters that include the story of their friendship is beautifully woven into the touching story of the girl with the flowers, reflecting both their friendship and my great-grandfather’s temperament as guide and mentor.”
—Donna Davidge, great-granddaughter of William W. Sewall, Sewall House, Island Falls, Maine
About the Author
Jean Flahive is the author of The Old Mainer and the Sea and co-author of The Galloping Horses of Willowbrook, Remember Me, which won a 2009 Moonbeam Gold Award, and The Canoe Maker. She is also the author of two young adult historical novels, Billy Boy, the Sunday Soldier of the 17th Maine and Railroad to the Moon: Elijah’s Story.
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The Portland-Lewiston Interurban is the electric trolley line that was built through Millie’s land. The elegant Narcissus with its forty ornate leaded stained glass windows is the only surviving electric interurban trolley from the line. The Narcissus is being restored at Seashore Trolley Museum, 195 Log Cabin Road, Kennebunkport, ME.