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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 the 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.
This book is a fund-raiser for the Seashore Trolley Museum Narcissus Renovation Project. For more information about the book and the project, please see below.
"Flahive paints a vibrant picture of rural life in the early 1900s. The tremendous life shifts that occurred through the arrival of the trolley, the challenges of learning current news, the Great War and its impact on families and lives at home, women's suffrage and difficult life choices are woven into a moving, believable and engrossing tale that puts the reader squarely in the lives of its characters."
"Flahive's book explores a lesser-known episode from the later life of Theodore Roosevelt; she imbues the story, told from a perspective of a young girl growing up at the turn of the century, with humor and heart."
Heather G. Cole: Curator, Literary & Popular Culture Collections at John Hay Library
, Brown University
"Though written for children in the middle grades (perhaps ages 9 through 12), it can be enjoyed by older kids and adults, as well."
Editorial Evaluation of Manuscript comments on Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride.