In 1901, fourteen-year-old Mable Riley dreams of being a writer and having adventures while stuck in Perth County, Ontario, assisting her sister in teaching school and secretly becoming friends with a neighbor who holds scandalous opinions on women's rights.
Marthe Jocelyn is an award-winning author and illustrator who worked for many years as a toy designer before turning her hand to writing. She has written six novels, including the critically acclaimed works of historical fiction, "Mable Riley" and "Earthly Astonishments." Jocelyn has also written a nonfiction account of the Foundling Hospital in London, England, entitled," A Home for Foundlings. " She has created eight picture books, one of which, "Hannah's Collections," was shortlisted for a Governor General's Literary Award for Illustration. Jocelyn has also edited two collections of short stories. Marthe Jocelyn divides her time between New York and Stratford, Ontario.