A Crown Point author has drawn on her experiences as a child to pen a book. Jean Arleen Breed has written “The New Kid,” her fourth book.
A Crown Point author has drawn on her experiences as a child to pen a book.
Jean Arleen Breed has written “The New Kid,” her fourth book.
“‘The New Kid’ relates memories of Grover Hills, Mineville, Moriah, Witherbee, Westport and Port Henry as it tells the story of a young girl who went to five different schools and lived in five different towns during the 1950s and 1960s,” Breed said. “The book has over 100 historic photographs of the people and the places that existed in Grover Hills, Mineville, Moriah, Witherbee, Westport and Port Henry during that time period.”
The book is published by Bloated Toe Publishing of Peru.
Breed will sign copies “The New Kid” Saturday, March 16, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Port Henry train station.
“The story is told through the eyes of a young girl growing up,” Breed said. “The book is a glimpse of life as it was in Essex County 50 years ago and shares the photos, traditions and stories of local people and places in the small towns ‘The New Kid’ traveled through.
“In retrospect, all that moving around so much made me the self-sufficient person I am today, but at that time it was a challenge,” she added. “I was lucky, though — along the way I met so many wonderful people who taught me so much. Most of all, they taught me to just be myself and that would be enough.”
The book is available online at www.bloatedtoe.com, by Emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and by calling 563-9469. Breed can be reached at email@example.com
Breed’s third book, “Paper Girl,” was published in 2012. It is a historical reminiscence that tells the story of a young girl delivering newspapers in Port Henry during the 1950s and 1960s.
“With 50 historic photographs of the people and the places that existed in Port Henry during that time period, this book takes the reader back to a simpler time and place in Essex County history,” Breed said. “This book will be a delightful trip down memory lane for folks who lived in the town of Moriah area back then.
“Poems from the Champlain Valley,” Breed’s second book was released in 2011. It’s a collection of 100 poems depicting life’s journey, based on the experiences of the author.
“Among the subjects visited are the joys of childhood, the heart-shattering grief of death, the dedication of our soldiers, walks in the woods, the mysteries of life and the true blessing of friendship,” she said.
“The Loss of the Lake Champlain Bridge” was also released in 2011. The first of Breed’s books, it recorded the struggles of those most deeply affected by the closure of the Crown Point Bridge and its subsequent destruction.