Earthly Astonishmentsby Marthe Jocelyn, Karen Lotz (Editor)
In 1883, there is no better place in the world to see exotic attractions than Coney Island, New York. Josephine lives in a little dot of a town called Westley. But her parents still can charge a penny to any visitor who wants to gawk at
Meet Rosa, the Bearded Lady! Charley, the Albino Boy! See them all for yourself at R. J. Walters' Museum of Earthly Astonishments!
In 1883, there is no better place in the world to see exotic attractions than Coney Island, New York. Josephine lives in a little dot of a town called Westley. But her parents still can charge a penny to any visitor who wants to gawk at her. They also can sell her for an even better price to the MacLaren Academy for Girls, where Josephine scrubs and fetches and withstands mocking torment from the fine young ladies of the school.
One day Josephine takes four gold dollars from the schoolmistress and runs away. But she trades her freedom to belong to the famous R. J. Walters' "Natural Curiosity" show on the Coney Island boardwalk. He gives her a new name and a new identity--Little JoJo of Bohemia--but the crowds and the newspaper articles can't satisfy the hunger she has for a real family and a real home. In this beautifully evoked, wonderfully readable adventure story, an incredibly versatile writer creates a marvelously believable heroine from a time and place filled with many wonders.
Publishers Weekly hailed Marthe Jocelyn's first book, The Invisible Day, a "surefire crowd-pleaser" in a starred review. She is also the author of The Invisible Harry and wrote and illustrated Hannah and the Seven Dresses
–School Library Journal
“…a snappy pace, an exciting plot and flavourful dialogue that’s fun to read…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 accommodated.”
–The Toronto Star
“Earthly Astonishments is…original and literary…[with] strong characters and [an] unbeatable story…a sure bet.”
–New Brunswick Telegraph Journal
“Tundra seems to be doing an excellent job of making the past come alive for young readers in an intriguing way. This volume is simply a lovely book…From cover to cover, this is a book which I highly recommend.”
–St. Catharines Standard
- Penguin Young Readers Group
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- Edition description:
- 1 ED
- Product dimensions:
- 5.81(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.87(d)
- Age Range:
- 8 - 12 Years
Meet the Author
Marthe Jocelyn is a talented and versatile author and artist. She has written two novels for middle readers, The Invisible Day and The Invisible Harry, and a novel for young adults, Earthly Astonishments. She also wrote and illustrated two stories about Hannah, Hannah and the Seven Dresses and Hannah’s Collection. Marthe Jocelyn and her family divide their time between New York City and Stratford, Ontario.
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