Earthly Astonishments

In the late nineteenth century, in a dot of a town called Westley, lives the smallest girl in the world Josephine stands only twenty two inches high and her parents charge gawkers a penny a piece to see her until they realize that the headmistress of MacLaren Academy for Girls will pay even .At the Academy Josephine is treated like a slave and is tormented by the fiIn the late nineteenth century, in a dot of a town called Westley, lives the smallest girl in the world Josephine stands only twenty two inches high and her parents charge gawkers a penny a piece to see her until they realize that the headmistress of MacLaren Academy for Girls will pay even .At the Academy Josephine is treated like a slave and is tormented by the fine young ladies who attend, until she takes five gold dollars and runs away She finds a new life with R J Walters Museum of Earthly Astonishments Among the other human curiosities in the Coney Island freak show, Josephine finds the family she has never known and dangers greater than any she d ever dreamed.This riveting novel of adventure and injustice, new in paperback, has received many honors, including selection as a finalist for the Canadian Library book of the Year for Children Award, and as a shortlisted title for the Hackmatack Children s Choice Book Award and the Red Cedar Book Award.From the Hardcover edition.
Earthly Astonishments In the late nineteenth century in a dot of a town called Westley lives the smallest girl in the world Josephine stands only twenty two inches high and her parents charge gawkers a penny a piece to s

  • Title: Earthly Astonishments
  • Author: Marthe Jocelyn
  • ISBN: 9780887766282
  • Page: 484
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Earthly Astonishments”

    1. Earthly Astonishments tells the story of Josephine, a little person, who always lived a hard life because of her size. However, her bravery and ability to be bigger in mind than what she appears in size, makes for an interesting story about life for someone different at the end of the 19th century.We all hear the stories now about Coney Island in the late 1880s through the early 20th century, all the thrills there including shows which showed "freaky" people - a bearded woman, albino boy, little [...]

    2. gr 4-8 176 pgs1884 New York City. 12 year old Josephine is only 22 inches tall. When she refuses to cooperate with her parents who charge people admission to come and stare at her, they sell her to Miss MacLaren. Miss MacLaren forces Josephine to work as a slave at her Academy for Girls and never pays her as she promised to do. Josephine finally runs away and ends up working for R. J. Walters' Museum of Earthly Astonishment at Coney Island. Josephine finds that at the museum her size is a positi [...]

    3. Though I know that this book was not intended for me (I found out later that the preferred age was 8-12), I had gotten it as a gift for Christmas last year had really wanted to read it. The idea of Coney Island in the late 1800s is really interesting to me, so I'm definitely going to try to find more similar to this - both fiction and non. This speed reading was really cute because it was so much a finding yourself story. I think that the character of Josephine is a character that both boys and [...]

    4. I wish I had read this book when I was younger. For a children's boook it is delightful. This is the second book I've read by Marthe Jocelyn. As it did with the first book I must say Mrs Jocelyn really has a talent of writing descriptive characters and places. I read this book out of curiosity, mainly. It is definatly a book I would reccomend for anyone between 10 and 14. While not geared for my age group I could see giving this book to my younger friends and accquaintances. Or to anyone that ha [...]

    5. A look at sideshows in the late 1800's with some fascinating characters. For a slightly younger audience than Wonder Show, though the two novels are similar.

    6. Not many children's stories are written from the point of view of a dwarf. This one takes place in the 19th century, and the dwarf girl is trying to make a living as an exhibit in a dime museum.

    7. I was expecting a lot more from this book. It was ok but I would never read it again. I thought it was boring.

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