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Folly

By: Marthe Jocelyn

Nineteenth-century London: teenage scullery maid Mary has never felt loved until she meets a handsome soldier. James, six, is traumatized when his foster mother returns him to the Foundling Hospital for schooling. Mary's affair lands her in trouble, while James's rearing at the orphanage leads to a privileged life. Yet Mary and James have far more in common than it appears. Afterword.

ISBN: 9780385907316

JLG Release: Aug 2010


Sensitive Areas: Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes
Topics: Family , Household servants , Romantic feelings , Orphans , Orphanages , Sexual intercourse , Pregnancy , Poverty

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Awards & Honors

Kirkus Reviews 2010 Best Books for Teens; Children's Book Committee Bank Street College of Education Children's Choices - Best Books of 2011, Historical Fiction, ages 14 & up

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist, The Horn Book Magazine, The Horn Book Guide^, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

Horn Book

In 1878, Mary Finn becomes a maid in London. Seven years later, six-year-old James Nelligan reluctantly returns to the home (modeled after London's real-life Foundling Hospital) where his mother placed him as an infant. The parallel tales intersect in the book's final chapter. Mary's spry narration (James's chapters unfold in third-person) combined In 1878, Mary Finn becomes a maid in London. Seven years later, six-year-old James Nelligan reluctantly returns to the home (modeled after London's real-life Foundling Hospital) where his mother placed him as an infant. The parallel tales intersect in the book's final chapter. Mary's spry narration (James's chapters unfold in third-person) combined with the story's texture and fervent emotion will seduce readers.

Junior Library Guild


• With exquisite writing, Marthe Jocelyn perfectly depicts the Victorian setting as well as the fears and hopes of her characters. The reader is fully immersed in the book’s world.
• Brief chapters and an element of mystery make this a fast-paced read.
• Mary and James are eminently sympathetic and completely realistic charac

• With exquisite writing, Marthe Jocelyn perfectly depicts the Victorian setting as well as the fears and hopes of her characters. The reader is fully immersed in the book’s world.
• Brief chapters and an element of mystery make this a fast-paced read.
• Mary and James are eminently sympathetic and completely realistic characters. Each has a moving story, but when their plots intertwine, the book becomes truly affecting.

Book Details

ISBN

9780385907316

First Release

August 2010

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Page Count

256

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.2; Points: 7;

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

Level 950L

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

Wendy Lamb

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes

Topics

Family, Household servants, Romantic feelings, Orphans, Orphanages, Sexual intercourse, Pregnancy, Poverty,

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