"Octagon" by Christine Brooks

Hi, I’m Marie Prins.

In 1987, my husband and I purchased a dilapidated, historic (1853), octagonal house on the edge of a small town in eastern Ontario. For the past thirty years we have renovated our home, planted perennial and vegetable gardens, and dug a pond on our acre and a half. Here we have raised our family. And kept a small flock of chickens. During these years, I have written memoir, poetry, and children’s stories often inspired by nature, gardening, and the lives lived here for the past century and a half.

Currently my Reading Room resides in the Creamery inside our house. That is the room in which the cream was separated from the milk by those who once farmed our land. Instead of rows of milk cans, there are shelves of books and remedial reading materials for the students I tutor in my home. Please click on the Reading Room link for more information about my programs for students who need support to become better readers.

Announcement – My mid-grade children’s novel The Girl From the Attic is a multi-award winner:
First Place in Family and Second Place in Mid-grade at the 2021 Purple Dragonfly Awards from Story Monsters Ink
The Uncommon Quest 2019 Silver Winner at Common Deer Press.
Chosen for inclusion in GetLittNow’s 2021 Summer Reading Olympiad
The novel was released October 1, 2020. Click here for purchasing information. The Kirkus Review of Books writes “Uncommon elements give this time-travel novel a charming spin.” You can read the full review here.

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