Juvenile and Young Adult Fiction Set in Maine

The books listed here are set completely or partially in real or imaginary places in the state of Maine. They're in alphabetical order by author, with links to author entries on the Maine Writers Index at the Maine State Library, if applicable (not all books set in Maine are written by Maine authors). To suggest a book for the list, please contact me.

Many thanks to Dennis Lien and Allen J. Hubin for help. Special thanks to Bill Bauer for access to his well-annotated finding list of books with Maine settings; this list would be much smaller without his help.

Juvenile and YA Fiction Index

Adult Fiction Index


A-B

ABBOTT, Jacob

ABBOTT, Jane Ludlow

ADSHEAD, Gladys Lucy

AGELL, Charlotte

ALLEN, Willis Boyd

ALVORD, Douglas

ANDERSON, F. Whitehouse

ANDLER, Kenneth

ANNIXTER, Paul (aka Howard A. Struzel)

APPLEGATE, Katherine

Her 'Making Out' series (28 books; aka 'Boyfriends/Girlfriends') is about a group of teenagers who live on Chatham Island, off the coast of Maine. Similar to 'Dawson's Creek' (TV show). All are suitable for young adults (12+). Published 1994-1999.
  1. Zoey Fools Around: Two years after Lucas is convicted of vehicular homicide in the car accident that killed Zoey's boyfriend Wade McRoyan, Lucas returns to Chatham Island, Maine and Zoey falls for him.
  2. Jake Finds Out
  3. Nina Won't Tell
  4. Ben's Move
  5. Claire Gets Caught
  6. What Zoey Saw: Zoey used to think her family was perfect, that their parents were really in love. But what she saw changed all that.
  7. Lucas Gets Hurt
  8. Aisha Goes Wild
  9. Zoey Plays Games: Thanksgiving vacation on Chatham Island, Maine, and the Passmore and Geiger families are tested when they welcome a new sibling, a possible new boyfriend, and a father's new girlfriend to the table.
  10. Nina Shapes Up
  11. Ben Takes A Chance
  12. Claire Can't Lose
  13. Don't Tell Zoey
  14. Aaron Lets Go
  15. Who Loves Kate?
  16. Lara Gets Even: Lara gets even with Kate because she can't bear to watch Kate stealing Jake.
  17. Two-Timing Aisha
  18. Zoey Speaks Out : Zoey speaks out when she dares to tell Jake the truth about his ruined evening with Kate.
  19. Kate Finds Love
  20. Never Trust Lara
  21. Trouble with Aaron
  22. Always Loving Zoey
  23. Lara Gets Lucky
  24. Now Zoey's Alone
  25. Don't Forget Lara
  26. Zoey's Broken Heart : The disaster that killed Lara, destroyed Zoey's home, and injured her parents has left Zoey devastated.
  27. Falling for Claire
  28. Zoey Comes Home

ARENSTAM, Peter

AUSTIN, Heather

AZEPERAK, Will

BABICKI, Mo

BAKER, Marybeth

BALDWIN, Anne Norris

BALDWIN, Sidney

BARTHOLOMEW, Sandra

BARTLETT, Sharon Aune

BARTLETT, Susan

BATES, Betty

BATES, Esther Willard

BEALE, Will

BECKHORN, Susan Williams

BEIM, Lorraine

BELLAIRS, John

BENNETT, Cherie

Bennett's teen series 'Sunset Island' is a coming-of-age series about three just-graduated high school seniors who work as au pairs on a resort island off the Maine coast. Published 1991-1997. For ages 12+.
  1. Sunset Island: Along with two of her new friends (Samantha 'Sam' Bridges and Carolyn 'Carrie' Alden), eighteen-year-old Emma Cresswell has been hired as an au pair on Sunset Island, a tiny island off the coast of Maine where the rich and famous like to vacation.
  2. Sunset Island
  3. Sunset Kiss
  4. Sunset Dreams
  5. Sunset Farewell
  6. Sunset Reunion
  7. Sunset Secrets
  8. Sunset Heat
  9. Sunset Promises
  10. Sunset Scandal
  11. Sunset Whispers
  12. Sunset Paradise
  13. Sunset Surf
  14. Sunset Deceptions
  15. Sunset on the Road
  16. Sunset Embrace
  17. Sunset Wishes
  18. Sunset Touch
  19. Sunset Wedding
  20. Sunset Glitter
  21. Sunset Stranger
  22. Sunset Heart
  23. Sunset Revenge
  24. Sunset Sensation
  25. Sunset Magic
  26. Sunset Illusions
  27. Sunset Fire
  28. Sunset Fantasy
  29. Sunset Passion
  30. Sunset Love
  31. Sunset Fling
  32. Sunset Tears
  33. Sunset Spirit
  34. Sunset Holiday
  35. Sunset Forever

BENNETT, Dean

BENSEN, Rosie

BERNIER, Evariste

BERRY, Erick

BESTON, Henry and Elizabeth COATSWORTH

BEYER, Audrey White

BLAIN, John

BLUME, Judy

BOOTH, Zilpha

BRADBURY, Bianca

BRAGDON, Elspeth

BRODEUR, Ruth Wallace

BROWN, Todd

BRYANT, Sally Smith

BUZZEO, Toni

C-D

CAREY, Janet Lee

CARLSON, Dale and Danny

CARLSTROM, Nancy White

CARLTON, Susan

CHANDLER, Ruth Forbes

CHASE, Mary Ellen

CHETKOWSKI, Emily

CLARK, Catherine

CLARK IV, John Rogers

CLARK, Margaret Goff

CLAYTON, Barbara

CLIFFORD, Harold B.

CLYMER, Eleanor

COATSWORTH, Elizabeth

COONEY, Barbara

COONEY, Caroline

The Point Horror Trilogy (also called the Losing Christina series) is set in Maine. (RL: Young adult)

COPELAND, Cynthia L.

CORCORAN, Barbara (AKA Paige Dixon)

COWAN, James and Lois

CROSSMAN, David A.

CROWLEY, Michael

CULLEY, Betty

CURRY, Jane

CURTIS, Alice Turner

DALY, Brian

DEAN, Carol Shorey

DEANS, Sis Boulos

DIETZ, Lew

The Jeff White series are absorbing action/adventure tales of the Maine woods.

DIXON, Paige (AKA Barbara Corcoran)

DODD, Anne Wescott

DORIAN, Edith

E-F

ENSOR, Robert

FAULKNER, Georgene

FIELD, Rachel

FLAHIVE, Jean Mary

FOSTER, Elizabeth

FOX, Genevieve

FOX, J.N.

FOX, Paula

FRAUSTINO, Lisa Rowe

FRAZER, Megan

FRITZHAND, James

FROST, Frances M.

G-H

GARDEN, Nancy

GARFIELD, Henry

GEORGE, Jean Craighead

GOLDREICH, Gloria and Esther

GOODALE, Rebecca

GOODRICH, Beatrice

GOSSELION, Shirley A.

GRAMATSKY-SMITH, Linda

GREENE, Constance C.

GUTMAN, Dan

HADLER, Berta and Elmer

HAHN, Mary Downing

HANCOCK, H. Irving

HARLOW, Joan Hiatt

HARMON, Lyn

HATCHER, Maynard R.

HAYWOOD, Carolyn

HETLEY, James A.

HIGHTOWER, Florence

HOFFMAN, Elizabeth Stokes

HOLBROOK, Ruth

HOLLAND, Isabelle

HOLLENBECK, Kathleen M.

HOLMES, Barbara Ware

HOPKINS, Trish and Aaron

HOPKINSON, Deborah

HORVATH, Polly

HOTZE, Sollace

HOWLAND, Ethan

I-J-K

IPCAR, Dahlov Zorach

IRWIN, Hadley (actually, Annabelle Irwin and Lee Hadley)

JAHN-CLOUGH, Lisa

JANE, Mary Childs

Probably others of hers set in Maine as well, but not verified.

JANOVER, Caroline

JENSEN, Nancy Orr Johnson

JOHNSON, Eleanor Noyes

JONES, Carrie

JONES, Dorothy Holder

JONES, Kimberly K.

KANDOIAN, Ellen

KEENE, Carolyn

KELLOGG, Elijah

The Elm Island series is set on the Maine Coast. These books are for young adults. The Whispering Pines series is set at Bowdoin College, Brunswick. These books are for young adults.

KETCHUM [Murrow], Liza

KINSEY-WARNOCK, Natalie

KOLLER, Jackie French

KROLL, Steven

L-M

LADD, Elizabeth

LAFAYE, A[lexandria]

LASKY, Kathryn

LAUBER, Patricia

LEONARD, Constance

LES BECQUETS, Daine

LEVIN, Betty

LIBHART, Virginia

LINCOLN, Nan

LINDBERGH, Anne Morrow

LIPP, Frederick

LORD, Cynthia

LOVE, Pamela

LOWRY, Lois

LUTTERS, Valerie

MABEE, Andrea

MACDONALD, Evelyn W.

MACKINNON, Bernie

MARICONDA, Barbara

MARTIN, Ann

MARTIN, Charles E.

MARTIN, Jacqueline Briggs

MAY, Sophie

MCCLOSKEY, Robert

MCMILLAN, Bruce

MEAD, Alice

MEADER, Stephen W.

MILLER, Wiley

MILLS, Claudia

MITCHELL, Todd

MOLLOY, Anne Stearns Baker

MONROE, Judith W.

MOORE, Leslie S.

MOORE, Ruth

MORRIS, ANN

MURPHY, Catherine Frey

N-O-P

NERVELLE, Rosemarie

NICHOLS, Helen

OGILVIE, Elisabeth

OLIVER, Stephen Ryan

OLSON, Arielle North

OUELLETTE, Daniel E.

PACKIE, Robert M.

PADIAN, Maria

PAGE, Katherine Hall

PARNALL, Peter

PARSONS, Elizabeth

PECK, Sylvia

PERROW, Angeli

PETERS, Lisa Westberg

PHILLIPS, Ethel Calvert

PICKFORD, Susan Bassler

PLOURDE, Lynn

POCHOCKI, Ethel

PRIEST, Robert

Q-R-S

RANKIN, Laura

RICE, Bebe Faas

RICH, Louise Dickinson

ROBERTS, Willo Davis

ROBINSON, Gertrude

ROBINSON, Mabel Louise

ROBINSON, Sarah

ROBINSON, Tom

ROCKWELL, Anne

ROLERSON, Darrell A.

ROOP, Peter and Connie

ROSSNER, Judith

ROY, Ron

RUPP, Rebecca

ST. GEORGE, Judith

SARGENT, Ruth Sexton

SAWYER, Ruth

SCARPINO, Jane

SCHMIDT, Gary D.

SCHNEIDER, Jack

SHEPARD, Steven

SHETTERLY, Susan Hand

SIMPSON, Dorothy

SKURZYNSKI, Gloria, and Alane Ferguson

SMITH, Harry

SMITH, Maggie

SMITH, Ruel Perley

SMITH, Susan

SONNENMARK, Laura A.

SPEARE, Elizabeth George

SPENCER, Jamie

STEELE, William

STENGEL, Joyce A.

STEPHENS, C. A.

The Old Squire books are appropriate for young adults, although adults may also enjoy them.

STOLZ, Mary

STONE, Bruce

T-U-V

TESTA, Maria

THOMAS, Ken

TRACY, Ann Blaisdell

TWOMEY, Dennis

VAN WOERKOM, Dorothy

VANCE, Marguerite

VAUGHAN, Marcia K.

VOIGHT, Virginia Frances

VOIGT, Cynthia

W-X-Y-Z

WAIT, Lea

WALKER, David

WALKER, Holly Beth

WALLACE-BRODEUR, Ruth

WATERS, John F.

WEAVER, Rhonda Hanson

WEINBERGER, Jane

WEISS, Harvey

WHITE, E. B.

WHITEHEAD, Roberta

WIGGIN, Eric E.

Maggie's World series, Christian trilogy set in the northwoods of Maine in 1875 and featuring a high-spirited girl. (RL: ages 10 to 14) The Hannah's Island series features mystery-solving by Christian homeschoolers in rural Maine. (RL: ages 8 to 12)

WIGGIN, Kate Douglas

WILD, Elizabeth

WILGUS, Asa

WILLIAMS, Maiya

WILLIAMSON, Penelope

WILSON, Hazel

WILSON, Susan

WOODRUFF, Elvira

WOON, Yvonne

WOSMEK, Frances

WYMAN, Levi Parker

YAKOWICZ, Susie

ZSCHOCK, Martha Day