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The Rose Island Lighthouse Series: The Island Adventures of Paul Stedman

Lynne Heinzmann

Julia T. Heinzmann

Michaela M. Fournier

Marilyn T. Harris

As a boy, Paul Stedman lived at the Rose Island Lighthouse, located off the coast of Rhode Island, staying with his grandpa, the lighthouse keeper. Even though Paul was there during the height of the Great Depression, he enjoyed many fun adventures: searching the shores for treasures, helping tend the lighthouse beacon, collecting eggs from the Island Ladies, and even discovering a naked man roaming the grounds. As an adult, Paul Stedman wrote down his recollections of life on the island, which became the bases for the stories of Island Adventures. These tales are interwoven with relevant history chapters that include information about Fresnel lenses, popular entertainments in the 1930s, the Great Depression, and how the Hurricane of 1938 impacted the lighthouse. Beautiful, original paintings illustrate the stories and period photographs accompany the histories, creating a fact-based book with captivating pictures for the whole family to enjoy. 


“In The Island Adventures of Paul Stedman, Heinzmann, Roraback, Fournier, and Harris have done a remarkable job taking a boy’s true-life recollections and bringing them to life. If you’ve ever wondered what life was like living in a lighthouse on an island nearly a hundred years ago, this entertaining and informative book provides you with an excellent opportunity to find out.”


 – Christian McBurney, book author and editor/publisher of The Online Review of Rhode Island History at

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About the Author & Book Team

Lynne Heinzmann (author) is a professional writer, book coach, and editor, who lives in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. She also wrote the historical novel Frozen Voices (New Rivers Press, 2016), which won the Fairfeld Book Prize, and The Curious Childhood of Wanton Chase, the first book of the Rose Island Lighthouse Series. For more information about Lynne and her writing, please visit


Robin Roraback (illustrator) is an artist and after-school educator from Salisbury, Connecticut, where she lives with her dogs and cats, who often model for her. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, she has illustrated for Holiday House, Grosset & Dunlap, Lerner, McGraw-Hill, Cricket, and Ladybug. Robin recently was awarded a grant from the Berkshire Taconic Foundation’s Martha Boschen Porter Fund for the wonderful stories she has written and illustrated. Visit her artist’s website: 


Michaela Fournier (graphic designer) has a passion for all things creative. She challenges herself with DIY projects and enjoys spending time with family and friends. Michaela also loves to help others, which is why she decided to get her real estate license. She sees the world through creative eyes; appreciating both form and function, which is key for both graphic design and real estate. 


Marilyn Harris (researcher) is a retired enrichment teacher, but these days you might 

find her in colonial garb telling stories to visitors at Smith’s Castle, a 340-year-old 

museum house in North Kingstown, RI. Her history obsessions are eclectic though. At various times she has been an ancient Egyptian, the “Unsinkable Molly Brown” (who 

was never called Molly), and an accused witch in Salem. She is truly a woman of many faces and talents.

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