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Earthly Astonishments (2000)

by Marthe Jocelyn

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For Martha, my found sister, and for my writing group, who listened to a hundred versions.
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Prologue: Where we lived was a little dot of a town called Westley.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0887766285, Paperback)

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 more.

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.


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In 1884, after being sold into slavery by her parents, tiny twelve-year-old Josephine, a congenital dwarf, finds refuge in the Museum of Earthly Astonishments in New York City.

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