Author: Jane Yolen

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Book:Briar Rose

Briar Rose

Jane Yolen

…Around the castle there grew a hedge of thorns, which every year grew higher, and at last there was nothing more to be seen, not even the flag upon the roof. But the story of the beautiful sleeping princess, Briar Rose, went about the country so that from time to time the King’s sons came and tried to get through the thorny hedge…

So goes the German fairy tale of Briar Rose, the Sleeping Beauty… an old, old tale, yet so potent that few among us do not know it today. Now one of America’s most celebrated writers tells it afresh, set this time in forests patrolled by the German army during World War II—a tale with no guarantee of an ending that reads they lived happily ever after.

A young American journalist is drawn to Europe and to the past as she investigates the mystery of her grandmother’s life. From her grandmother she inherited a silver ring, a photograph, and the traditional tale of Briar Rose: clues that will ultimately…[more]

Book:Baby Bear's Chairs

Baby Bear's Chairs

Jane Yolen, Melissa Sweet

Baby Bear is the littlest bear in his family, and sometimes that’s not so easy. Mama and Papa Bear get to stay up late in their great big chairs. Big brother gets to play fun games in his middle-sized chair. And Baby Bear only seems to cause trouble in his own tiny chair. But at the end of the day, he finds the one perfect chair that’s comfier and cozier than all the rest.

Bestselling author Jane Yolen and popular illustrator Melissa Sweet have come together to create a lyrical bedtime tale about a baby bear trying to find his place in a family. With a playful rhyming text and adorable, fun illustrations, here is a book for parents and their own baby bears to treasure.

Book:The Young Merlin Trilogy

The Young Merlin Trilogy

Jane Yolen

This is the legendary story of Merlin—from his abandonment by his parents at the age of eight to the discovery of his powers at twelve. Together, these three novels reimagine the origins of the greatest wizard of all time, giving readers a Merlin at once more human and more magical than any that has appeared before.

Book:Owl Moon

Owl Moon

Jane Yolen, John Schoenherr

“As expansive as the broad sweep of the great owl’s wings and as close and comforting as a small hand held on a wintry night…The visual images have a sense of depth and seem to invite readers into this special nighttime world.” —School Library Journal, starred review.

Book:Cards of Grief

Cards of Grief

Jane Yolen

Book:The Girl Who Cried Flowers and Other Tales

The Girl Who Cried Flowers and Other Tales

Jane Yolen

Includes five original fairy tales - "The Girl Who Cried Flowers," "Dawn Strider," "The Weaver of Tomorrow," "The Lad Who Stared Everyone Down," and "Silent Bianca."

Book:Armageddon Summer

Armageddon Summer

Jane Yolen, Bruce Coville

The world will end on Thursday, July 27, 2000.

At least, that’s what Reverend Bilson has told his congregation.

Marina’s morn believes him. So does Jed’s dad. That’s why Marina and Jed join one-hundred and forty-two of the reverend’s congregation at a mountain retreat. From the mountaintop they will watch the Righteous Conflagration that will end this world, and then they will descend and begin the world anew.

But this world has only just begun for Jed and Marina, two teenagers who are uneasy about about the End of the World—as well as about faith and their parents. It’s not fair: Why should the world end now, when their lives are just starting—when they’ve just discovered love for the first time in their life? …[more]

Book:Boots and the Seven Leaguers

Boots and the Seven Leaguers: A Rock-and-Troll Novel

Jane Yolen

A teenage troll and his shape-shifter pal sign on as roadies for the best troll band in the land.

Like all trolls, Gog is magic—he just can’t do magic. His friend Pook can do a little magic, but not magic big enough to get tickets for Boots and the Seven Leaguers. The concert is sold out. But with a bit of luck and a magical disguise, the two are able to find work with the band as roadies. Yet no sooner have they begun working when Gog’s little brother vanishes. How will the two teen roadies rescue the kid, elude his kidnappers, and get back in time to see Boots perform?

Now that will require some very BIG magic….

Book:Good Griselle

Good Griselle

Jane Yolen

Stone angels stand tall on the cathedral walls; gargoyles squat on its ledges. They don’t agree on much—certainly not on Griselle, who lives nearby, is a truly good woman. Griselle shares every bit of her food, she never complains, and she tenderly cares for stray animals. The angels her praises, but anyone,grumble the gargoyles, can be good when it comes to the feeding of cats and birds; “We must test this Good Griselle with something far more difficult.”

The angels agree to a wager and thus, on Christmas Eve, Griselle hears a pitiful wailing and opens hears a pitiful wailing and opens her door to find the ugliest child she’s ever seen…

Book:The Books of Great Alta

The Books of Great Alta: Books 1 and 2 of Chronicles of Great Alta

Jane Yolen

In the classic of modern fantasy, we hear the tale, ancient and brazen, of White Jenna, born in sorrow, raised among warrior women,and taught to call forth her shadow sister by the light of the moon.

And we learn what the later world makes of the lives of Jenna, of her princely lover, and her shadow-self: what legends are told of the White Queen, what songs are sung of King Longbow, what tales are whispered of Dark Skada. Of the tragic myths and glorious histories that time will make of their lives—and their deaths.

Book:White Jenna

White Jenna: Book 1 of Chronicles of Great Alta

Jane Yolen

Jenna was the White Queen.

Skada was the Dark Queen. She is bound to Jenna—the other half of Jenna’s self. Drawn out of a mirror by a rite of magic, a “dark sister” is confined to the dark. She vanishes in daylight. It is in this other world the dark sisters wait for moonlight or lamplight to call them forth again.

This is their story: of myths turned real, ordinary people turned heroes, a land turned inside out by the coming of White Jenna.

Book:Sister Light, Sister Dark

Sister Light, Sister Dark: Book 2 of Chronicles of Great Alta

Jane Yolen

“Lovers of fantasy will appreciate this title,” raved Library Journal, and Publishers Weekly called it a “fine novel.” It is the story of Jenna. Raised on a mountainside, she learned the arts of the warrior, and from the mountain women the magic of the ancient lore. But the greatest magic of all was her ability to call forth her dark sister from the depths of the mirror of the land of light and shadow.

Skada was the dark one, able to exist only when the moonlight cast a shadow or lamplight flickered in a darkened room.

This is the story of Jenna and Skada. Sister Light and Sister Dark.

Book:Merlin's Booke

Merlin's Booke

Jane Yolen

Book:The Moon Ribbon and Other Tales

The Moon Ribbon and Other Tales

Jane Yolen

Six fairy tales: The Moon Ribbon, The Honey-Stick Boy, Rosechild, Sans Soleil, Somewhen, and Pale Mona.

Book:The Transfigured Hart

The Transfigured Hart

Jane Yolen

A boy and a girl become convinced that the white deer they discover in the woods is a unicorn.

Book:The Chronicles of Great Alta

The Chronicles of Great Alta

Jane Yolen

In the classic of modern fantasy, we hear the tale, ancient and brazen, of White Jenna, born in sorrow, raised among warrior women, and taught to call forth her shadow sister by the light of the moon.

And we learn what the later world makes of the lives of Jenna, of her princely lover, and her shadow-self: what legends are told of the White Queen, what songs are sung of King Longbow, what tales are whispered of Dark Skada. Of the tragic myths and glorious histories that time will make of their lives—and their deaths.

Book:Hobby

Hobby: Book 2 of Young Merlin Trilogy

Jane Yolen

The story of the young Merlin’s coming-of-age continues in this thrilling sequel to Passager.

Book:Merlin

Merlin: Book 3 of Young Merlin Trilogy

Jane Yolen

In flight from the magic visions that plague him, Merlin falls into the hands of the wodewose—wild folk who, according to legend, live in the company of wolves and devour children. But far from being wild, the wodewose are an enormous family of the unwanted, the abandoned, and the homeless. For once Merlin has found a place where an orphan like himself belongs.

The triumphant conclusion to the Young Merlin Trilogy.

Book:The One-Armed Queen

The One-Armed Queen: Book 3 of Chronicles of Great Alta

Jane Yolen

In a land of magic, the great warrior Queen known as White Jenna has found a frail, one-armed child on the battlefield. She adopts the child and names her Scillia. As is custom with the Hames of the Dales, Scillia will be next in line for the throne. A great honor.

But Jem-Jenna’s natural-born son-covets the throne for himself. Will he risk open rebellion to claim what he believes is rightfully his?

Book:Passager

Passager: Book 1 of Young Merlin Trilogy

Jane Yolen

A boy is abandoned in the woods of medieval England. A year passes—a year of terror and hunger, of sleeping in trees and foraging for food, of outrunning packs of wild dogs—until one day a falconer captures and tames the boy as he would any passager, a young bird caught in the wild and trained. The falconer adopts the boy and teaches him all of the things he’s forgotten, including the boy’s true name—and the legacy of magic that will be his when he comes of age.

Book:The Young Merlin Trilogy: Books 1 through 3

The Young Merlin Trilogy: Books 1 through 3

Jane Yolen

This is the legendary story of Merlin—from his abandonment by his parents at the age of eight to the discovery of his powers at twelve. Together, these three novels reimagine the origins of the greatest wizard of all time, giving readers a Merlin at once more human and more magical than any that has appeared before.

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