Mary Pettit is well-known for her interest in home children. The success of her first book on the young Mary Janeway has taken Mary on numerous speaking engagements and into a studio to record a widely praised audio version of her book for the CNIB's talking books. Her first book was also translated into Braille in the U.K. She lives in Stoney Creek, Ontario.
Mary Janeway, born in Scotland in 1887, came to Canada as a "home child" at a very young age. Separated from her brothers and sisters, the "tiny" Mary was sent as a domestic to a farm near Innerkip, Ontario. This is Mary’s story – a recreation of her life set in Victorian rural Ontario, from the time of the tragedy that split her family to her eventual escape from a life of drudgery. Robbed of her childhood years but buoyed by an inner resolve and an indomitable spirit, Mary Janeway reveals the tragic events surrounding this period of Canadian history – the Home Children.
Mary Janeway was godmother to author Mary Pettit.