The Blue Bottle is captivating and scary

Emilie-Noelle Provost has a great imagination and I know you’ll agree with me when you read her new book, The Blue Bottle, published by North Country Press.

From the very scary, ugly, and aggressive ocean eels, who are the bad guys, to Eucla, a wonderful harbor seal, Provost’s characters are very engaging. And the young girl Charlotte, a seventh grader, who is the central character of the book, is beyond brave, challenged to find the ancient and historic blue bottle in order to save her town.

I am amazed that this is Provost’s first novel and can only hope she is already working on her second.

The Blue Bottle was created for young readers, but I was hooked early on and read right through the 131 page book in one evening while waiting for the Red Sox game to start. And I can tell you that the Red Sox game was not nearly as scary as this book!


George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website,, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.