On a shelf? or on your face?
How do you decide which pile to put that zebra in?
Is it striped? Is it an animal? Is it black and white?
by Marthe Jocelyn
There are 13 other stories
by great North American writers.
Collage illustrations bring texture and pattern to life...
Annie's mother can speak to the dead.
But she can't really talk to Annie...
"Along with the humour, the quips and quirks
of the medium's patter, Jocelyn offers her
readers real substance – a valiant, enterprising
hero of a girl whose struggles for independence
from her grasping, manipulative mother are
painful and familiar." (Toronto Star)
Sisters move into the apartment above a funeral parlour. When their piano teacher dies, their curiosity takes over. . .
In A Day With Nellie, this could happen over and over, as each part of the toddler's day is illustrated in bright and humorous collage.
I wanted to write a 'dime novel', a page-turner full of adventure.
I like the review (Riverbank Review) that says: "In true Dickensian fashion, Jocelyn makes Josephine comfortable in (her) new life, then resuscitates sundry villains to complicate the melodrama... Jocelyn's novel performs a delicate balancing act, maintaining a moral grounding in spite of a sensationalistic plot."
When my older daughter was nine years old, she began to yearn for more mobility in the big city. Just as Billie Stoner's mother does in the book, I was still walking my daughter to school and anywhere else she needed to go. Kids that age in New York don't get to be alone very often.
"You'd have to be invisible before I'd let you walk around by yourself," I told her.
And there was the IDEA for a story.
My daughter, Nell, has always longed for a puppy, or even a pet of a less demanding nature. But a small apartment in New York City is really not a good home for a dog. The Invisible Harry was written to prove that, though of course I had to give it a happy ending!
Do you leave her invisible?
Or do you help her, only to have her wreak havoc on you again? And if you do come to your enemy's aid, does that make her your friend?
I wanted to write a story about kids who have to figure out how to get along, how to rely on each other, even if they're not really friends. And having a little messy magic always helps stir up trouble.