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Marthe Jocelyn

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Om forfatteren

Marthe Jocelyn is a children's clothing and toy designer. Marth Jocelyn divides her time between Manhattan and Stratford, Ontario, where she lives with her husband, artist Tom Slaughter, and daughters Hannah and Nell.

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Værker af Marthe Jocelyn

Would You (2008) 188 eksemplarer
Folly (2010) 153 eksemplarer
How it Happened in Peach Hill (2007) 136 eksemplarer
The Body Under the Piano (2020) 125 eksemplarer
Hannah's Collections (2000) 120 eksemplarer
Same Same (2009) 94 eksemplarer
What We Hide (1815) 82 eksemplarer
Sam Sorts (2017) 62 eksemplarer
Hannah and the Seven Dresses (1999) 54 eksemplarer
A Big Dose of Lucky (Secrets) (2015) 49 eksemplarer
The Invisible Day (1997) 47 eksemplarer
Earthly Astonishments (2000) 45 eksemplarer
Over Under (2005) 43 eksemplarer
Ones and Twos (1820) 41 eksemplarer
Peril at Owl Park (2020) 38 eksemplarer
The Dead Man in the Garden (2021) 36 eksemplarer
Eats (2007) 36 eksemplarer
One Some Many (2004) 34 eksemplarer
Viminy Crowe's Comic Book (2014) 31 eksemplarer
The Seaside Corpse (2022) — Forfatter — 27 eksemplarer
ABC x 3 English, Espanol, Francais (2005) 26 eksemplarer
Where Do You Look? (2013) 25 eksemplarer
Ready for Winter (2008) 20 eksemplarer
Which Way? (2010) 19 eksemplarer
One Patch of Blue (2019) 17 eksemplarer
The Invisible Harry (1998) 16 eksemplarer
One Yellow Ribbon (2019) 15 eksemplarer
Ready for Autumn (2008) 15 eksemplarer
Ready for Spring (2008) 15 eksemplarer
A Home for Foundlings (2005) 14 eksemplarer
Ready for Summer (2008) 13 eksemplarer
Mayfly (2004) 13 eksemplarer
A Day with Nellie (2002) 13 eksemplarer
One Piece of String (2017) 12 eksemplarer
One Red Button (2017) 11 eksemplarer
The Invisible Enemy (2002) 9 eksemplarer
Busy Farm, A 2 eksemplarer
Forever Tree, The 2 eksemplarer
Sweet Invention, A 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

Animal Tales: Favorite Stories from Chirp Magazine (2007) — Author & Illustrator — 6 eksemplarer
Secrets : 7 ebook set (2015) — Bidragyder — 2 eksemplarer

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Kanonisk navn
Jocelyn, Marthe
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
New York, New York, USA
Stratford, Ontario, Canada
toy designer
children's book author
children's book illustrator
Slaughter, Tom (husband)
Jocelyn, Tim ( brother)
Priser og hædersbevisninger
Vicky Metcalf Award for Children’s Literature (2009)
Kort biografi
When I was a child, I liked to read books about ordinary children who stumbled across enchantment. I really thought that if I looked hard enough, I might find a magic nickel or a secret room behind the bookcase or a gnarled gnome whom only I could see. As I grew older, I felt the same thrill of seeing mysteries unveiled when I went to the theatre or read a book. In my childhood activities, I played with dolls way past the normal age, made dioramas out of junk scraps, directed backyard plays with casts of neighborhood kids, and was always, always reading–only as an adult can I clearly see my pursuit of illusion.
When I was 14, I spent a year in a Quaker boarding school in England, encountering a world utterly different from my own, no magic necessary. I learned the advantage of being a stranger; I created a new character for myself, far from my family and not dependent on anyone’s preconceptions. This later fed my approach to fiction: My heroines are small part “me” and large part invention of who I’d like to be, or to have been.
My earliest chapter books (the Invisible trilogy) were about an ordinary child who stumbles across enchantment. My next several books were historical novels (Earthly Astonishments, Mable Riley, and How It Happened in Peach Hill), set in worlds utterly different from my own. It’s easy to see in retrospect that exploring alternate realities began as a game in childhood and eventually became a consuming pastime, otherwise known as research. I love doing research. I depend on what I learn not only for flavor and accuracy of details, but also for the occasional serendipitous discovery that alters the plot of a story.
But then we come to my most recent novel, Would You. It is a complete departure from any of my other stories, because its inception was in the accident that gravely injured my sister when I was 20 years old and she was 27. Paula was hit by a car and remained comatose for several weeks. When she emerged, she was severely brain-damaged and a paraplegic. Ten years later, she was again hit by a car–in her wheelchair–and killed.
Friends were concerned that Would You would be too difficult to write. In fact, it was the easiest book I’ve tackled yet. I didn’t have to worry about plot! The characters are teenagers and the main challenge was to capture their irreverence and humor alongside the tragedy.
The friendship between the sisters, Natalie and Claire, is inspired by that of my own two daughters. As a mother, I delight in the love they have for each other. It is impossible not to think about my own sister and what I have lost. But here I am, 30 years later, having a fine life, and surrounded with the alternate reality that only teenagers can provide. I hope that I have written an elegy for my sister and an homage to my children.



BooksInMirror | 3 andre anmeldelser | Feb 19, 2024 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
I read this with my son and we both enjoyed it. Fun, seaside mystery with archeology and Agatha Christie nods. We are looking forward to going back and reading the rest of the series now!
laurali99 | 20 andre anmeldelser | Feb 6, 2024 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
This is the last book in the series, and it not only ends with a full cast of characters (old and new), but rounds off the adventure in a wonderful way.

Aggie has every right to be excited. Not only is she the first female in the family to go camping, to attend an archaeological dig, and to ride in a motorcar, but she's going to spend the adventure with her best friend Hector before he heads back home. When her brother-in-law drops her off at the camp and digging site, things aren't exactly like she expected, but none of it is a problem...except for the dig's professor, who seems to make everyone hate him thanks to his horrible attitude. Then, there's the rich American, who wants to purchase the huge fossil they crew is working so hard to recover. And there's a circus. Every moment seems to carry something new until a corpse is left after the tide. Now, Aggie has to deal with another body, and it wasn't the kind she was expecting when she first came to the dig.

I just discovered this series with the last novel and am already sad to see it come to an end...which means I'll just have to go back and discover the first two, now. In this one, we find Aggie as she's headed off to an archaeological dig, not because she wants to become one (she's a writer through and through) but her brother-in-law managed to get her a spot. And that's also where the lovely dive into history comes in. Not only do we accompany her in her first exciting ride in a 'motorcar', but the attitudes of the time period surrounding women and social levels is very clear. There is also a rich setting thanks to the research done by the author, which surrounds the location, a well-known fossil discovery, and the involved people. Plus, this entire thing winks toward Agatha Christie (Aggie). While it's well done on the historic end, it also manages to keep the characters easy to relate to. Readers will have no trouble understanding the decisions, concerns, and thoughts of Aggie and her friends. And that without the mystery ever talking down to them.

One of my favorite aspects of this series is the ability of the author to open the door to 'adult' aspects while still staying true to the audience. There is a murder. Things aren't always pretty. Violence happens. Danger occurs. And the relationships between people isn't rosy or simple. Aggie handles everything as best she can and has a wonderful friendship as well as a terrific aunt at her side. It's quick-paced and doesn't leave a boring moment the entire way through. Each character has depth, and there are enough sub-plots to keep Aggie on her toes.

As to the mystery, I did find the other novel a bit better on the detective and clue end. This one has it's secrets and Aggie as well as Hector do have to figure things out, but not to the same depth or extent as before. This tale allows some aspects to unfold with time or observation, but considering there are other ends to wrap up (this begin the last in the series), there wouldn't be room for more. The author ends the series nicely, while still leaving enough of the door open to show that Aggie's life still holds much more to come.
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tdrecker | 20 andre anmeldelser | Dec 28, 2023 |



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