Dog-and-booksWe 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 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?

Our States Have Crazy Shapes

$14.00 + shipping & handling

Our States Have Crazy Shapes, by Lynn Garthwaite answers those questions 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.

Support your local independent bookstores! Our States Have Crazy Shapes is now available at Magers & Quinn on Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis. Please check out that bookstore – family owned and filled with fascinating books, old and new.


Lynn-blue 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 below:smatbooks


bookonwingsBlue Spectrum Books is a supporter of the non-profit Books on Wings®. Their mission is to close the achievement gap one child at a time. We enthusiastically endorse their motto: A book in the hands of a child can change the world. Portions of all sales are donated to Books on Wings®.

Blue Spectrum Books has a full calendar and therefore is not currently accepting submissions.