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Review of Giant Island

Giant Island by Jane Yolen ; illus. by Doug Keith Primary     Flashlight    32 pp.     g8/22     978-1-947277-18-2     $18.95e-book ed.  978-1-947277-19-9    $7.99 Approaching Giant Island in Grandpa’s motorboat, Ava and Mason wonder why the small island has such a name. Grandpa says it’s always been called that: “That’s...

A Note from Me (Mar 12, 2021)

Dear friends: Cindy urges us all to keep an eye out for virtual bookstore events happening in our neighborhoods, which, given the nature of virtual events, is EVERYWHERE. How to choose? I see that Cindy’s neighborhood bookstore, Jeff Kinney’s An Unlikely Story, just had an event with adult historical fiction...

Norton Passes Go

A poem by Jane Yolen in remembrance of her friend Norton Juster (1929-2021): So, the unexpected, which he always expected, happened when he had lost the ability to expect anything at all. At the same time he became a phantom, he became a father to us all. If there is...

"How Does Jane Yolen Write a Book?"

Author and poet Lesléa Newman wrote the following appreciation (with apologies to the How Do Dinosaurs? series) in honor of her friend and colleague Jane Yolen's 365th book -- a remarkable achievement. And what better time than Women's History Month to celebrate it? For more from The Horn Book on...

Five questions for Jane Yolen

© 2011 by Jason StempleFor a writer so notoriously prolific (closing in on three hundred titles, according to Wikipedia) Jane Yolen is notable for maintaining a high standard of writing across many genres, including poetry, picture book texts, and fiction of both the realistic and fantastic kinds. Her latest novel,...

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