MARTHE JOCELYN

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picture books
How do you decide which pile to put that zebra in? Is it striped? Is it an animal? Is it black and white?
co-created with Nell Jocelyn
middle grade
historical fiction
Orphan meets real world. Part of the SECRETS series.
craft books
Picture Books
Illustrated by Tom Slaughter
Originally written by Beth Gleick in 1960! Now re-printed with collage illustrations by Marthe Jocelyn
Who eats what?
Alphabet in English, French & Spanish
Look at Opposites "with pizzazz"
also available in Danish and Japanese!
Summer is the season that lingers and hurries by at the same time.
Wake up, Nellie! The fun is about to begin!
Governor General Award Finalist
Teen Novel
Short stories in Anthologies
Stories selected by Marthe Jocelyn
Board Books
What should you wear to feel best all year?
Toddler favourite now a board book!
Opposites on board...
Historical Fiction
"An irresistible blend of depth, wit and inventiveness."(Toronto Star)
A story for reluctant teen readers about the first New York City subway!
Most Distinguished Book of the Year! 2004
2002-2003 Finalist for Hackmatack and Red Cedar Awards
Short stories in Anthologies
Stories selected by Marthe Jocelyn
a story in On Her Way Stories & Poems About Growing Up Girl
Non-Fiction
A history of the Foundling Hospital in London, England Shortlisted for the Norma Fleck Award! (Best Non-fiction of the Year)
Chapter Books
The Invisible Day, The Invisible Harry, The Invisible Enemy 3 books about being invisible in Manhattan

A Home for Foundlings

The Foundling Hospital in London, England

A starred review in Quill & Quire:


In 18th century London, poor unwed mothers often abandoned their babies to die. But in 1741 the efforts of Thomas Coram led to a better option: the Foundling Hospital, where desperate mothers could bring their babies to be taken in and cared for. Nurtured by foster parents outside London from infancy until the age of five, foundlings then retured to the hospital until they were old enough for jobs or apprenticeships. Each baby was left with a person token - a bit of embroidery, a ring, a letter - so that parents could reclaim the child later if they were able. But most foundlings never saw their mothers again.
Marthe Jocelyn, whose grandfater was raised in the Foundling Hospital, brings the place brilliantly to life in this compelling book. Although it's primarily a non-fiction account, Jocelyn's powerful fictionalized prologue in the first chapter plunges the reader into the anguished mind of a typical mother who has no options left. "Is it harder for a mother to give her baby away, or to keep her child, knowing that she has no penies left to buy food?" is the question that haunts the book.
Jocelyn's account, rich in everydcay details, will amaze and engage young readers, particularly those aged 10 and up. Contradictions abound: the food was barely adequate, yet supporter George Frideric Handel's music program for the children was a tremendous gift. Abundant illustrations, photographs, and records from the hospital archives show us menus, letters, receipts for infants received, photos of the uniforms, and all the texture of the foundlings' lonely, disciplined, yet safe lives at the hospital. A helpful glossary and timeline are included.

- Joanne Findon

This book will be published in April 2005
Thomas Coram, founder of the Hospital painted by William Hogarth

Foundling uniforms designed by William Hogarth