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Born and raised in New York City, Jane Yolen now lives in Hatfield, Massachusetts. She attended Smith College and received her master's degree in education from the University of Massachusetts. The distinguished author of more than 170 books, Jane Yolen is a person of many talents. When she is not writing, Yolen composes songs, is a professional storyteller on the stage, and is the busy wife of a university professor, the mother of three grown children, and a grandmother. Active in several organizations, Yolen has been on the Board of Directors of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, was president of the Science Fiction Writers of America from 1986 to 1988, is on the editorial board of several magazines, and was a founding member of the Western New England Storytellers Guild, the Western Massachusetts Illustrators Guild, and the Bay State Writers Guild. For twenty years, she ran a monthly writer's workshop for new children's book authors. In 1980, when Yolen was awarded an honorary Doctor of Law degree by Our Lady of the Elms College in Chicopee, Massachusetts, the citation recognized that "throughout her writing career she has remained true to her primary source of inspiration--folk culture." Folklore is the "perfect second skin," writes Yolen. "From under its hide, we can see all the shimmering, shadowy uncertainties of the world." Folklore, she believes, is the universal human language, a language that children instinctively feel in their hearts. All of Yolen's stories and poems are somehow rooted in her sense of family and self. The Emperor and the Kite, which was a Caldecott Honor Book in 1983 for its intricate papercut illustrations by Ed Young, was based on Yolen's relationship with her late father, who was an international kite-flying champion. Owl Moon, winner of the 1988 Caldecott Medal for John Schoenherr's exquisite watercolors, was inspired by her husband's interest in birding. Yolen's graceful rhythms and outrageous rhymes have been

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Cards of Grief
by Jane Yolen
Jane Yolen’s award-winning story about an alien civilization forever changed by the incursion of human social scientists and a mysterious ancient prophecy The year is 2132 when members of the Anthropologist’s Guild set down on the planet Henderson’s IV, or L’Lal’lor as it is known to the native population. Charged with...
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Heart's Blood: The Pit Dragon Chronicles, Volume Two
by Jane Yolen
Jakkin risks everything--his freedom, his dragon, even his life--to rescue his beloved in this stirring sequel to Dragon's Blood.
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Dragon's Blood (Pit Dragon Chronicles Book 1)
by Jane Yolen
Dragons are trained to fight to the death, and two determined teens help free them in this spellbinding saga. Training a dragon to be a fighting champion is the only way to freedom for fifteen-year-old Jakkin.
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A Sending of Dragons: The Pit Dragon Chronicles, Volume Three
by Jane Yolen
Jakkin and his girlfriend, Akki, discover a primitive cult that sacrifices dragons.
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Sister Bear: A Norse Tale
by Jane Yolen
There was a young girl named Halva up in Finnmark who found a white bear cub alone in the woods...Halva takes the cub home, where they name her Sister Bear. Not only does Sister Bear hunt for the family and protect Halva, but she likes to dance while Halva plays the flute. Halva decides to show off Sister Bear to the king of Denmark. But...
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Dragon's Heart (Pit Dragon Chronicles Book 4)
by Jane Yolen
Austar IV isn't the planet it once was, and when Jakkin and Akki finally return to the dragon nursery, their homecoming arouses mixed emotions. Together they've survived the insurmountable, and now they can weather the brutal conditions of Dark After and communicate with the dragons they love. But with this knowledge comes...
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Curse of the Thirteenth Fey: The True Tale of Sleeping Beauty
by Jane Yolen
You think you know the story of Sleeping Beauty, but the real story is far more spellbinding… Gorse is the thirteenth and youngest in a family of fairies tied to the evil king’s land and made to do his bidding. When accident-prone Gorse falls ill just as the family is bid to bless the new princess, a fairytale starts to unfold....
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Sister Emily's Lightship: And Other Stories
by Jane Yolen
In these twenty-eight magnificent tales, which include two Nebula Award winners, Jane Yolen puts a provocative spin on familiar storybook worlds and beloved fairy tale characters One of the most acclaimed and honored authors in science fiction and fantasy, Jane Yolen has been called “the Hans Christian Andersen of America” for...
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Sword of the Rightful King: A Novel of King Arthur
by Jane Yolen
The newly crowned King Arthur is unsure of himself; worse, the people are unsure of him. Too many people want the throne, and treachery is everywhere. Merlin must do something before the king is betrayed, or murdered, or--worst of all--gets married. So Merlin magically places a sword into a slab of rock, lets it be known that whosoever...
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Dragonfield: And Other Stories
by Jane Yolen
Award-winning author Jane Yolen transports readers to new realms of dragons, sprites, and rogues in twenty-seven magical stories and poems “That’s what dragons are for, after all, to call forth heroes.”   Jane Yolen enchants and enthralls with an exquisite collection of short fiction and poetry brimming with sympathetic...
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Passager: The Young Merlin Trilogy, Book One
by 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...
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Bad Girls: Sirens, Jezebels, Murderesses, Thieves and Other Female Villains
by Jane Yolen
From Jezebel to Catherine the Great, from Cleopatra to Mae West, from Mata Hari to Bonnie Parker, strong women have been a problem for historians, storytellers, and readers. Strong females smack of the unfeminine. They have been called wicked, wanton, and willful. Sometimes that is a just designation, but just as often it is not....
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Oz Reimagined: Blown Away
by Jane Yolen
When L. Frank Baum introduced Dorothy and friends to the American public in 1900, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz became an instant, bestselling hit. Today the whimsical tale remains a cultural phenomenon that continues to spawn wildly popular books, movies, and musicals. Now, editors John Joseph Adams and Douglas Cohen have brought...
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B.U.G. (Big Ugly Guy)
by Jane Yolen
Sammy Greenberg would rather talk back to The Boyz--a gang of bullies at his school--and get his head stuck in the toilet than constantly be afraid. But when his friend Skink gets beaten up so badly that he has to go to the hospital, Sammy thinks he may be in over his head. He decides to build a golem--a mythical protector from...
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Twelve Impossible Things Before Breakfast: Stories
by Jane Yolen
In these twelve modern myths and tales for the young and the young at heart, Jane Yolen transforms the impossible into the familiar and real. Among the outlandish wonders are an Alice grown tough in Wonderland, a dear—but dead—mother’s homecoming, a bridge that longs for a goat-eating troll, and a mutiny among Peter Pan’s...
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Jason and the Gorgon's Blood (Young Heroes)
by Jane Yolen
Before he led the Argonauts on the quest for the Golden Fleece, Jason saved an ancient city . . . Jason is an orphan training to be a warrior under the instruction of the centaur Chiron. But when wild centaurs steal Chiron’s most precious possessions—two jars of Gorgon’s blood, one with the power to heal any wound and the...
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Snow in Summer
by Jane Yolen
An unforgettable take on a favorite fairy tale by multi-award-winning author Jane Yolen Summer's life in the mountains of West Virginia feels like a fairy tale--her parents dote on her, and she's about to get a new baby brother. But when the baby dies soon after he's born, taking their mother with him, Summer's life turns grim. Things...
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Hush, Little Horsie
by Jane Yolen
Hush, little horsie, Asleep on the moor. Your mama is close— That’s what mamas are for. Mama horses around the world promise to watch over their little ones as the foals frolic and play and eventually fall asleep in this soothing bedtime story. Young horse lovers will drift off with Ruth Sanderson’s stunning horses in...
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The Devil's Arithmetic
by Jane Yolen
"A triumphantly moving book."  — Kirkus Reviews , starred review Hannah dreads going to her family's Passover Seder—she's tired of hearing her relatives talk about the past. But when she opens the front door to symbolically welcome the prophet Elijah, she's transported to a Polish village in the year 1942. Why is she there, and...
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The Day Tiger Rose Said Goodbye
by Jane Yolen
Not since The 10th Good Thing About Barney or I'll Always Love You has there been such a peaceful and inspiring book to help children and adults cope with the loss of a pet. The talented multiple-medalist Jane Yolen takes on this difficult subject with her usual grace and poetic sensitivity, focusing not on the death as much as the...
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Merlin's Booke: Stories of the Great Wizard
by Jane Yolen
Jane Yolen breathes new life into the timeless Camelot legend with a revamped history of King Arthur’s powerful mentor: the great magician Merlin There is perhaps no more beloved and enduring myth in the Western canon than the story of King Arthur, his knights, Queen Guinevere, and of course, his mysterious tutor and magical...
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Children of the Wolf
by Jane Yolen
Inspired by true events, the story of two girls raised by wolves Mohandas lives in the Home, a Christian orphanage in Godamuri, India, close to the jungle. The people of Godamuri beg the orphanage’s director, the Reverend Mr. Welles, to get rid of the ghosts, called manush-bagha , haunting their village. When the Reverend...
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The Last Dragon
by Jane Yolen
Master storyteller Jane Yolen ( Owl Moon , Sword of the Rightful King ) and celebrated fantasy artist Rebecca Guay ( Swamp Thing , Magic: The Gathering) weave a textured and lyrical tale of adventure, homelands, and heroism the hard way. Two hundred years ago, humans drove the dragons from the islands of May. Now, the last of the...
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The Wizard's Map: Tartan Magic, Book One
by Jane Yolen
Three American children, while visiting relatives in Scotland, come upon exactly what their mother has always said they lack: patience. Only this Patience is an old card game--one that summons sinister magic from the past: an ancient map that when altered, alters the world. And worse still, the children call forth the map’s owner--the...
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Hippolyta and the Curse of the Amazons (Young Heroes)
by Jane Yolen
Before she became Queen of the Amazons, young Hippolyta fought to break a goddess’s curse . . . An ancient prophecy states that any Amazon who bears two sons must kill the second, lest he grow up to destroy all the Amazons. But Queen Otrere can’t bear to sacrifice her baby, so she gives him to her daughter, thirteen-year-old...
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Hobby: The Young Merlin Trilogy, Book Two
by Jane Yolen
The story of the young Merlin’s coming-of-age continues in this thrilling sequel to Passager. “An enjoyable introduction to Arthurian fantasy.”-- The Horn Book
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Except the Queen
by Jane Yolen
Sisters Serena and Meteora were proud members of the high court of the Fairy Queen-until they were cast out from court, stripped of their powers, and banished to the brutish mortal realm of Earth-where they discover a long-forgotten dark force that threatens both fairy and human worlds.
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Prince Across the Water
by Jane Yolen
A Highland lad comes of age at the brutal battle of Culloden in 18th-century Scotland In the year 1745, the cry goes out across the Scottish Highlands for every able-bodied Scotsman to take up arms in support of Bonnie Prince Charlie. Stalwart and brave but prone to sudden seizures, young Duncan longs to join his da and the other...
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The Pictish Child (Tartan Magic)
by Jane Yolen
A web of evil Scottish magic entangles 3 children American twins Jennifer and Peter love spending time with their grandmother in Scotland, especially because their sweet and loving Gran is a witch. A trip to meet Gran’s coven provides some unexpected surprises when a woman presents the twins’ little sister, Molly, with an...
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Boots and the Seven Leaguers: A Rock-and-Troll Novel
by Jane Yolen
All a young troll wants is to hear some rock and roll—but when his brother goes missing, he’ll have to face more than just the music . . . Like many teenagers, the young troll Gog loves rock music. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have money to buy a ticket to see the annual concert of his favorite band, Boots and the Seven...
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Wizard's Hall
by Jane Yolen
An inept wizard-in-training is the only one who can save his classmates from the terrible sorcery that threatens to devour their magical school Acclaimed master fantasist Jane Yolen imagines an academic world of wonders where paintings speak, walls move, monsters are made real, and absolutely  anything  can happen—as she...
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Odysseus in the Serpent Maze (Young Heroes Book 1)
by Jane Yolen
Before he became the hero of the Trojan War, young Odysseus battled monsters and magic Young Prince Odysseus longs to be a hero. But when he and his travelling companions are captured on their way home to Ithaca, Odysseus learns that being a hero isn’t always easy. Now Odysseus must fight dastardly pirates, survive the enchanted...
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Tales of Wonder
by Jane Yolen
A breathtaking collection of literary fairy stories from an award-winning fantasist Author Jane Yolen speaks to the ancient magic within us all in this anthology of 30 grown-up fairy stories—lovely, lyrical, poignant, sometimes frightening tales of transformations and transfigurations, magical destinies and dangerous quests...
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Atalanta and the Arcadian Beast (Young Heroes)
by Jane Yolen
Before Atalanta became a Greek legend, she encountered a beast . . . Abandoned by her parents and raised by bears until the age of four, Atalanta has led a life of adventure. After her adoptive father is slain by a ferocious beast, the twelve-year-old Atalanta sets off on a journey of revenge, accompanied by the bear she treats as...
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The Rogues
by Jane Yolen
A Highland lad joins forces with a notorious Scottish “Robin Hood” to seek revenge on the greedy laird who destroyed the boy’s village Authors Jane Yolen and Robert J. Harris have garnered resounding critical acclaim for their thrilling historical novels that bring Scotland’s colorful past to breathtaking life. Now they...
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The Magic Three of Solatia
by Jane Yolen
All magic has consequences Long ago, the seawitch Dread Mary fell in love with a hard-hearted prince and gave him the Magic Three of Solatia: three silver buttons that could fulfill any wish—but at a price. Centuries later, the buttons belong to Sianna of the Song, a button maker’s daughter and heir to all of Dread Mary’s...
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Welcome to the Sea of Sand
by Jane Yolen
Only Jane Yolen could write such a wonderful and poetic tribute to the beauties of the desert, where there is constant amazement to be found....Regan's paintings are inviting and breathtaking. --- American Bookseller
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Merlin: The Young Merlin Trilogy, Book Three
by 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...
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Elsie's Bird
by Jane Yolen
Elsie is a city girl. She loves the noise of the cobbled streets of Boston. But when her mother dies and her father moves them to the faraway prairies of Nebraska, Elsie hears only the silence, and she feels alone in the wide sea of grass. Her only comfort is her canary, Timmy Tune. But when Timmy flies out the window, Elsie is forced to...
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DINOSAUR DANCES
by Jane Yolen
Jane Yolen's poems and Bruce Degen's humorous illustrations have dinosaurs dancing through time as these funny poems move from Triassic to Cretacious to Jurassic time periods.
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The Bagpiper's Ghost (Tartan Magic)
by Jane Yolen
A boy becomes possessed by an angry ghost after a visit to a Scottish graveyard Twins Jennifer and Peter rarely get along, except when it comes to their fascination with ghosts, magic, and mystery. While visiting their grandmother in Scotland, the 2 children sneak off to a graveyard—which unfortunately turns out to be a very...
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An Invitation to the Butterfly Ball: A Counting Rhyme
by Jane Yolen
All the invited animals, from one little mouse to ten little porcupines, busily prepare to attend the Butterfly Ball.
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Bird Watch
by Jane Yolen
Celebrating an activity that is companionable as well as scientific and that fosters a special bond with the natural world, Yolen presents 17 melodious evocations of particular species....A book to bring nature and poetry lovers together.- --Kirkus Reviews
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Sea Watch
by Jane Yolen
Fourteen poems celebrate the diverse and mysterious life that inhabits the sea, from a seahorse releasing his young to a flashing Pacific salmon; from sharks and whales and otters and loggerhead turtles to small fish. It Jane Yolen wrote about this companion to "Bird Watch" (also published by StarWalk Kids Media): “It is amazing how...
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Pay the Piper: A Rock 'n' Roll Fairy Tale
by Jane Yolen
A rock 'n' roll band to die for? Callie is about to find out.... Not much happens in fourteen-year-old Callie McCallan's sleepy Massachusetts town. So when the famous rock 'n' roll band, Brass Rat, schedules a concert in the Valley, it's big news. As a reporter for her school paper, Callie scores the scoop of a lifetime--a backstage...
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An Invitation to The Butterfly Ball: A Counting Rhyme
by Jane Yolen
All the invited animals, from one little mouse to ten little porcupines, busily prepare to attend the Butterfly Ball.
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White Jenna (The Great Alta Saga)
by Jane Yolen
Nebula Award Finalist: A long-awaited savior joins forces with her dark twin to confront the evil threatening their land in the second book of the acclaimed epic fantasy the Great Alta Saga Grown to young womanhood in the mountain region of the Dales and trained for combat by the all-female followers of the goddess Great Alta, Jenna...
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The One-Armed Queen (The Great Alta Saga)
by Jane Yolen
Internal jealousy, obstinacy, and treachery threaten the royal house of a great queen and the future of her matriarchal land in the concluding volume of the acclaimed Great Alta high fantasy series Decades have passed since White Jenna fulfilled the ancient prophecy, becoming queen of the Dales after defeating the king of Garun and...
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Sister Light, Sister Dark (The Great Alta Saga)
by Jane Yolen
A warrior woman and her dark twin are destined to remake the world in this “powerful” tale, the first in a trilogy by a World Fantasy Award winner ( Newsweek ). Legend foretold the child named Jenna, who was three-times orphaned before she could crawl, a fate that would leave her in the hands of women who worshipped the...
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The Originals: Animals that Time Forgot
by Jane Yolen
They're weird. They're unusual. And they haven't changed in hundreds, even thousands of years! They're the originals--animals that never evolved from their primitive states. Jane Yolen's childlike story poems and Ted Lewin's light-infused water-color illustrations capture all the mystique of these remarkable animals.
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