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What are you wearing to feel best all year?
Toddler favourite now a board book!
Opposites on board...
picture books
co-created with Nell Jocelyn
co-created with Nell Jocelyn
Illustrated by Tom Slaughter
Originally written by Beth Gleick in 1960.
Who eats what?
Alphabet in English, French & Spanish
Look at Opposites "with pizzazz"
also available in Danish and Japanese!
Summer lingers and hurries by at the same time.
Wake up, Nellie! The fun is about to begin!
Governor General Award Finalist
Teen Novel
"Poignant and ... witty"
Eleven writers you've likely never heard of, but will never forget...
A history of the Foundling Hospital in London, England
middle grade
historical fiction
Orphan meets real world. Part of the SECRETS series.
"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
craft books
short stories in anthologies
Stories selected by Marthe Jocelyn
Stories selected by Marthe Jocelyn
Chapter Books
The Invisible Day, The Invisible Harry, The Invisible Enemy 3 books about being invisible in Manhattan

Earthly Astonishments

New in Paperback! Spring 2003 **

from The Toronto Star

"With verve, wisdom and honesty, Jocelyn explores the realities of human curiosity, friendship and life with a physical trait that will always have to be accomodated."

In the late nineteenth century, in a little dot of a town called Westley lives the smallest girl in the world. Josephine stands only twenty-two inches high, and her parents charge gawkers a penny apiece to see her - until they realize that the headmistress of MacLaren Academy for Girls will pay even more.

After five years at the Academy, where Josephine is treated little better than a slave and must endure the mockery of the fine young ladies, her heart cries out for freedom.

One day she takes five gold dollars and runs away. When she stumbles upon R. J. Walters, proprieter of the most renowned curiosity show in Coney Island, she gets a new name - Little Jo-Jo of Bavaria. She also gets some new dresses and even an elegantly saddled golden retriever to ride in her act. But Jo's spreading fame draws an enemy from her past ever closer - until all she has begun to cherish in her newfound life is in jeopardy.

This compelling novel from Marthe Jocelyn introduces a marvelously believable heroine from a time and place filled with many wonders.
Snake handler

About Earthly Astonishments, the author says, "Mr. P.T. Barnum and his most famous midget exhibits, General Tom Thumb and Lavinia Bump Warren, are the only real people in this book. The Museum of Earthly Astonishments did not exist, but there were dozens of real 'dime museums' in the New York area during the second half of the nineteenth century. The curators of these exhibits displyed all the curiosities mentioned in the story, as well as many more - human and otherwise. Mr. Walters and the other characters helped me to tell a story about a time and place in history that has always fascinated me. And although many of Josephine's troubles are a result of her small size, her solutions come from quick wits and courage, qualities available to all of us today."