We created Blue Spectrum Books to explore and produce books on a wide range of topics and genres. Our goal is first to find those interesting, and sometimes quirky, products that invite a reader to awaken their imaginations. Whether the reader is a child, an adult, or an adult that dreams like a child, we create books especially for your interests.

Blue Spectrum Books is just beginning the journey. Join us! Our States Have Crazy Shapes will make you slap the side of your head while saying – “I never knew that!”


Our States Have Crazy Shapes: Panhandles, Bootheels, Knobs and Points looks behind-the-scenes at the decisions that caused our leaders to carve odd shapes on our map. For example:

  • Who decided that Michigan should have the Upper Peninsula when that landmass is actually attached to Wisconsin?
  • What’s up with that bootheel, Missouri?
  • Why did the shapes of our states get noticeably square as we moved west? And furthermore…
  • Why are some of our states so big and others so small?


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Note to Educators:

This book addresses 23 Minnesota State Education standards in history and geography for grades 4-9. Available from Ingram.

Our States Have Crazy Shapes, by Lynn Garthwaite answers those questions above, and more. In addition, bonus chapters describe border battles that continue to this day. You’ll also learn how Mother Nature has played a part in creating our map outlines.

Available through Ingram Distributors. To schedule Lynn to speak to your business or organization, contact her at Lynn@lynngarthwaite.com. Check the speaking tab to see her current schedule of events.


“Mysterious Planet” (working title). This book will combine history and psychic channeling. If that doesn’t pique your interest, some of the topics will be: The Shroud of Turin, Puma Punku, The Sphinx, and The Knights Templar. The history side tells the tale of what we know about these historical mysteries and what we think happened. The psychic channeling chapters will tell “what really happened” at those places and events, as told by spirit guides through a psychic medium. Watch for more information.

A second book, untitled, is a murder mystery that will unearth (literally) a 40 year old disappearance and put 28 year old Jadey Evans in the middle of a terrorist scheme that may destroy her family. She learns that she should never have gone back home.

Lynn Garthwaite is also the author of a series of children’s books. To find her series of mysteries for your early readers click the image —>