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Hackensack Cafe Adventures

Local Author and Illustrator Publish The Hackensack Café Adventures, a Children’s Story

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Plymouth, MN (September 1, 2021) Norrie A. Thomas, a resident of Plymouth and Meghan Syndergaard, a resident of Mound, have published an endearing children’s story about a small town in Minnesota, friends, and its famous donut shop, with delightful illustrations and characters.

Norrie A. Thomas Called The Hackensack Café Adventures, it is the first in a series, prompted by stories Norrie told to her grandchildren, which all three embellished together. The story is centered around a local restaurant, The Hackensack Café (in North Central Minnesota, not in New Jersey), and its owners.

The Hackensack Café Adventures came out of teaching the Greek alphabet to my grandchildren,” said Norrie. The story involves a family using the alphabet at their “diner” as a code for baking. From that point we added a mystery and illustrations and of course a dog. “We feel like we know the characters very well at this point,” Norrie added. “They feel alive to us. We talk about the next books and how the story will continue.”

Meghan Syndergaard, a professional graphic designer, always wanted to do illustration, and was very excited to be given the opportunity. Meghan said, “The character illustrations were inspired by the whole team. The character of Mayor Rainbow is very much based on Norrie.”

The Hackensack Café Adventures is available on Amazon in both paperback and E-book formats.

About Norrie Thomas

Norrie Thomas earned a PhD in Pharmacy Administration from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. She was a pioneer of the pharmacy benefits field and founding member of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy. Norrie also published a fictional murder mystery entitled Murder Under the Oak, which was set in England, and a memoir of her experiences as a woman executive advancing in the evolving pharmacy benefits industry.

About Meghan Syndergaard

Meghan Syndergaard graduated with a BFA in drawing from the University of Colorado at Denver. With aspirations of becoming a children’s book illustrator she decided to go back to school a few years later and get a degree in graphic design. She enjoys painting, gardening and spending time with her family and she is very excited to get to work on the next book in the Hackensack Café Adventures series.

For more information, contact Norrie Thomas at

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