Andrew Vietze’s “Becoming Teddy Roosevelt: How a Maine Guide Inspired America’s 26th President” has been selected as a finalist for ForeWord Reviews’ 2010 Book of the Year Awards in the Biography category.

The finalists were selected from among more than 1,400 entries from independent publishers across the nation. “Becoming Teddy Roosevelt” was published by Down East.

Vietze, of Appleton, is a former editor of Down East magazine and now an editor-at-large for the company. He also is a Registered Maine Guide who has spent his recent summers as a ranger at Baxter State Park.

The book tells the story of the relationship between Bill Sewall, a lumberman, guide, business owner, lawman and more who was the first white child born in Island Falls, and Roosevelt. Sewall guided Roosevelt on his first trip to Mount Katahdin, forming a lifelong friendship.