Mable Riley: A Reliable Record of Humdrum, Peril and Romance

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Winner of the 2005 TD Canadian Children's Literature Award

It is 1901 and Mable Riley dreams of adventure and of becoming a writer. When her older sister leaves home to become a schoolmistress in the small town of Stratford, Ontario, Mable is sent along too. Mable hopes her new world will be full of peril and romance. But life at the Goodhand Farm (where the sisters board), is as humdrum as the one she?s left behind.

Then Mable encounters the ...

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Overview

Winner of the 2005 TD Canadian Children's Literature Award

It is 1901 and Mable Riley dreams of adventure and of becoming a writer. When her older sister leaves home to become a schoolmistress in the small town of Stratford, Ontario, Mable is sent along too. Mable hopes her new world will be full of peril and romance. But life at the Goodhand Farm (where the sisters board), is as humdrum as the one she’s left behind.

Then Mable encounters the mysterious Mrs. Rattle, a peculiar widow with a taste for upsetting the townspeople with her strange opinions. Mrs. Rattle is a real writer, and Mable eagerly accepts her invitation to a meeting of the Ladies Reading Society. But the ladies are not discussing books at all, and Mable may soon have more peril than she’d bargained for!

Composed of the letters Mable sends home, the poems she writes for her classmates, and chapters from her own work-in-progress, Mable Riley is the funny, inspiring, (and reliable) record of a young girl finding her voice, and the courage to make it heard.

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“…a lovely addition to the…tradition of Canadian historical fiction for girls… Rather than struggling within a diarist’s constraints…Jocelyn seamlessly slides into the first-person narrative of a conventional novel… [Jocelyn] is a quietly confident storyteller.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887766633
  • Publisher: Tundra
  • Publication date: 3/2/2004
  • Pages: 288
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.59 (w) x 7.26 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

Marthe Jocelyn is an award-winning author and illustrator who worked for many years as a toy designer before turning her hand to writing. This is Marthe’s fifth novel, following her popular Invisible books – The Invisible Day, The Invisible Harry, and The Invisible Enemy – and her other work of historical fiction, Earthly Astonishments. Marthe Jocelyn lives in New York City and Stratford, Ontario with her husband, artist Tom Slaughter, and their daughters.

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    Posted December 22, 2014

    Clove

    Thnx! I am in a tough spot. He is the only guy who has ever looked at me the way he does. And he is my best friend! Its gonna be a long hard year.

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    Posted December 18, 2014

    Jackson

    I like this girl and my friend told her that i like her but she was dating someone at the time and hasnt said anything since but they broke up a day after my friend told her she still hasnt said anything or talked to me we were really good friends but now she kind of walks past me like im nothing and also shes kind of like a girl version of a player she gets guys then dumps them but shes also really nice so i dont know if i should ask her out

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    Posted December 18, 2014

    ♥ Ravenpaw ♥

    The thing is, him and l are besties. I have said hi, and l am just not sure if l want to ask him out as this may ruin our... friendsjip.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2015

    Humdrum

    Good Luck!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2007

    Mable Riley

    I loved how detailed Jocelyn wrote the 'diary.' The first few pages were not so good but then I found myself attached to it . I could not put it down !!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2005

    Mable Riley: A Reliable Record of Humdrum, Peril, and Romance

    I wished I had Mable for a daughter. Her integrity would make any woman or mother proud.This historical fiction book, written in a diary format, is charming, funny and a wonderful realistic account of a young girl who is coming of age, understanding the difficulties during the sufferget period, and how she processes it for herself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2005

    Mable Riley: A Reliable Record of Humdrum, Peril, and Romance

    A great coming of age story that happens during the begininnig of the women's movement during the early 1900's in Canada. Mable learns many things during this year of her life. Most importantly, she learns to think and act for herself. Very impressive book.

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