The People that made “Elegant Ride” Possible

Jean Flahive is the author of four children’s books: The Old Mainer and the Sea; The Canoe Maker, David Moses Bridges, Passamaquoddy Birch Bark Artisan co-authored with Donald Soctomah, which was a 2020 Maine Literary Awards Finalist, and Remember Me: Tomah Joseph’s Gift to Franklin Roosevelt, winner of a 2009 Moonbeam Gold Award, and The Galloping Horses of Willowbrook co-authored with Judith Thyng, which was a 2012 Maine Literary Awards Finalist. She is also the author of three young adult historical novels, Billy Boy, the Sunday Soldier of the 17th Maine, Railroad to the Moon: Elijah’s Story, and most recently, Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride, which won the 2020 Eric Hoffer Gold Medal for Middle Grade Readers. Jean and her husband live on the coast of Maine.


Amy Gagnon lives on Mount Desert Island, Maine, where she is an illustrator and painter, exploring the scenery of Downeast and Central Maine. Her work ranges from small illustrations to wall-size murals. She gardens and plays fiddle music.





Phil Morse, a thirty-year member of Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, is a former trustee, President/CEO, Director of Community Relations and Executive Director at the Museum and is currently serving as the volunteer project manager for the restoration of the “Elegant Ride,” National Register of Historic Places member, Narcissus. Teddy Roosevelt, Mille, and the Elegant Ride is the first book published by Phil. Phil lives in Saco, Maine and grew up in the Kennebunks and is “Pops” to two adult sons, Sam & James.



Professionally developed classroom guides for educators in grades 3 to 8 have been developed for Teddy Roosevelt, Millie and the Elegant Ride. These free, user-friendly guides offer a range of activities and discussion points that are ideal for the school or home classroom. Check them out here!

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