Search Results: "Jane Yolen"


BOOK REVIEW

SPIDER JANE ON THE MOVE by Jane Yolen
Released: April 1, 1980

"It's all rather forced and harsh (to look at too)—no real harm in it, but not much good either."
Three ironic—i.e., not wryly humorous—episodes in the life of cranky Spider Jane and her ever-helpful, all-too-patient, friend Bluebottle Burt. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: Oct. 11, 2010

"Flashes of originality, wit and vivid imagery bring the story to life intermittently, but the distracting improbabilities pull readers out of the story again and again. (author's note) (Fiction. 15 & up)"
Retelling a classic as contemporary fiction is a tricky business, as demonstrated in this uneven rendering of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre as chick lit. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"A respectful, exciting and disarming update of one of the last century's most oft-told tales."
The old "Me Tarzan, You Jane" dynamic established in Johnny Weismuller movies gets a radical update by shining the spotlight on adventuress Jane Porter. Read full book review >

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CENTAUR RISING by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"This book stumbles right out of the gate. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Fantasy master Yolen here offers a tale of a half-foal, half-boy. Read full book review >

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SLEEP RHYMES AROUND THE WORLD by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

From 17 peoples on five continents, 21 lullabies, with colorful illustrations by artists from each country of origin, in contrasting styles: Italian folk designs; an Afghan painting recalling manuscript miniatures; a serene Abenaki landscape in oils; a Nigerian family group in watercolors, boldly limned in black. Read full book review >

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WIZARD'S HALL by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1991

"Good, imaginative fun. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Latest and 113th recruit, at a school for wizards, Henry is given a new name (Thornmallow: prickly outside but "squishy within") and is soon making friends and discovering that—despite a becoming humility and lamentable tone-deafness—he has an unusual, as yet uncharted, power to make magical things occur. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 23, 1987

"Engrossing and engaging."
The concluding volume in the Pit Dragon trilogy: Akki, Master's daughter, and Jakkin, former slave and dragon trainer, achieve full rapport with the dragons—and discover both the promise of their planet and the obstacles to its fulfillment. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 12, 1977

"Graceful and undisturbing overall."
Seven of Yolen's polished bijoux, most of them romantic fabrications about all-ruling love. Read full book review >

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THE EMERALD CIRCUS by Jane Yolen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 17, 2017

"An impressive overview of the author's breadth and career, this collection will appeal to the author's existing devotees—or to anyone who has ever thought that 'happily ever after' left too many questions."
A collection of short stories, mostly reinventions of fairy tales, by Yolen (Jewish Fairy Tale Feasts, 2017, etc.), whose award-winning body of work stretches from sci-fi/fantasy to children's literature to poetry to cookbooks. Read full book review >

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A PLAGUE OF UNICORNS by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 23, 2014

"Sweet and engaging but less than the sum of its parts. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A whimsical fairy tale is stretched rather thin in this low-key novella. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"Despite frequent references to earlier episodes, the story stands alone, and is rich enough in ghosts and magic to please readers of Susan Cooper's Boggart tales, or younger Betty Ren Wright fans. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Third entry in the "Tartan Magic" series (behind Wizard's Map and The Pictish Child, both 1999), this carries vacationing American twins Peter and Jennifer into a Scottish graveyard for encounters with not one ghost, but three. Read full book review >

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BRIAR ROSE by Jane Yolen
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Prolific YA and children's writer Yolen (White Jenna, 1989, etc.) had a good idea here, but didn't follow through."
The latest in the Fairy Tales series begins with a provocative premise: retelling the story of Sleeping Beauty as a Holocaust memoir. Read full book review >