Congratulations to Hope Irvin Marston,
winner of the 2021 Charlotte Award (High
presented by the New York State Reading
for her book
The Walls Have Ears: A Black Spy In The
Confederate White House,
published by White Bird Publications.
the main character in E. B. White's
the purpose of the Charlotte Award is to
to read outstanding literature and
ultimately become lifelong readers.
NYSRA (the New York State Reading
presented the first Charlotte Awards in
Welcome! I am glad you
stopped by. I'm Hope Irvin Marston, retired junior high teacher and
library media specialist. I live in Black River, New York,
near Fort Drum and the Thousand Islands.
Since 1975 I have written a
child's devotional book, a handful of photographic essays on large
machinery, a local history for adults, two junior biographies, eight
wild life picture books, an adult inspirational romance, an
historical Scots book for young adults, and a local historical middle grade book that
has been rewritten as a stage play.
I hope you will enjoy browsing my
pages to get acquainted with me and my books. Simply click on
any of the links to the left to begin your adventure.
I'd love to hear from you.
Drop me a line using the form on the
On June 8, 2018 my best friend Gerald
Borland and I had the
thrill and the honor of rappelling together
OVER THE EDGE of
the 155’ Mid-Town Towers apartment building
in Watertown, NY.
Our families and friends sponsored us by
donating over $3,000
to the United Way of Northern New York in
this third annual
OVER THE EDGE event. We had the honor
of being first of
more than 80 participants during the two-day
The IDITAROD !
The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is an
annual 1000-mile race run in early March
from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska. Mushers and
their dogs tear through jagged mountain
ranges, frozen river, dense forest, desolate
tundra and miles of windswept coast.
At least 6 dogs must be on the towline at
the finish line.
Renaud, illustrator of my book Eye on the
Iditarod: Aisling’s Quest, has compiled
gallery of his artwork. Be sure to
visit Bob's Art Studio Page at the following
Bob Renaud's Art Studio
find out what it takes to become an Iditarod
musher, read Eye on the Iditarod:
Aisling’s Quest, the autobiography of
ten-year-old Aisling Shepherd.