Mary Morton Cowan

PAL Member


My most recent book is a historical novel, TROUBLE IN NATHAN’S WOODS. Based on family history, it depicts life in a lumber camp during the First World War.My two biographies have won national awards, CYRUS FIELD’S BIG DREAM: THE DARING EFFORT TO LAY THE FIRST TRANSATLANTIC TELEGRAPH CABLE is a NSTA Best STEM Book and a Junior Library Guild selection. CAPTAIN MAC: THE LIFE OF DONALD BAXTER MACMILLAN, ARCTIC EXPLORER won a National Outdoor Book Award and other honors, and was a finalist in the 2011 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award, New England Region.I was awarded an SCBWI work-in-progress grant to write TIMBERRR…A HISTORY OF LOGGING IN NEW ENGLAND, which won Maine Library Association’s Lupine Honor Award. Other published works include a historical novel, ICE COUNTRY, and nearly 100 articles, stories and activities in children’s magazines. Several have been reprinted in textbooks, anthologies, and reading comprehension programs. Two plays were republished as Readers’ Theater books by Rosen Publishing.In 2015, I won a NESCBWI Critique Scholarship Award for a picture book manuscript. I live in Maine.


Trouble in Nathan's Woods

A "Cool" Inventor: Frederick McKinley Jones Invents Refrigeration

Women's Suffrage "We Will Vote"

CYRUS FIELD’S BIG DREAM: The Daring Effort to Lay the First Transatlantic Telegraph Cable

Ice Country: One Boy’s Adventure in the Arctic with Commander Donald MacMillan

TIMBERRR…A History of Logging in New England

Captain Mac: the Life of Donald Baxter MacMillan, Arctic Explorer

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