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The BobhouseThe Bobhouse

by Andy Opel, illustrated by Karel Hayes & John Gorey

Every year, Lake Winnipesaukee freezes in the winter, presenting new challenges to residents and visitors. The ice gets so thick it supports snowmobiles, cars, and small fishing shacks called “bobhouses.” For a few weeks in the winter, there is an FAA approved runway in Alton Bay where airplanes land on the ice. Each year, people attempt to predict “ice out.” The official “ice out” is declared when the M/S Mount Washington can travel to every port of call.

Look for all the books in the Winnipesaukee Adventure series; The Witches, the 2011 New England Book Festival Gold Medal Winner, The Weirs, and The Mansion.

About the Author

Andy Opel and his family have been coming to the lake for five generations. He is a writer, filmmaker and musician who teaches documentary video production and environmental communication at Florida State University. To see his other work visit:

About the illustrators

Karel Hayes and her son John Gorey have collaborated on many art projects from books to murals. The Bobhouse is John’s fifth picture book and Karel’s thirtieth. You can see more of Karel’s work at

Ordering Information

Hardcover, $18.95, 32 pgs, 8.5x11" full color. Distributed by Enfield Distribution
ISBN 978-1-937721-45-9


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