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Off We Go

by Jane Yolen

Join Little Mouse, Little Frog, Little Mole, Little Snake, and other baby critters as they creep, scritch, and slither their way to their respective Grandmas' houses.

Owl Moon

by Jane Yolen

Late one winter night a little girl and her father go owling. The trees stand still as statues and the world is silent as a dream. Whoo-whoo-whoo, the father calls to the mysterious nighttime bird. But there is no answer. Wordlessly the two companions walk along, for when you go owling you don't need words. You don't need anything but hope. Sometimes there isn't an owl, but sometimes there is. Distinguished author Jane Yolen has created a gentle, poetic story that lovingly depicts the special companionship of a young child and her father as well as humankind's close relationship to the natural world. Wonderfully complemented by award- winning John Schoenherr's soft, exquisite watercolor illustrations, this is a verbal and visual treasure, perfect for reading aloud and sharing at bedtime. Winner of the 1988 CALDECOTT MEDAL

Passager (The Young Merlin Trilogy, Book One)

by Jane Yolen

[Back jacket] He went hungry that night. It was not the first time. He was very thin, with knobs for knees and elbows like arrowpoints, and scratches all over his body, which was brown everywhere from the sun. His thatch of straight, dark hair fell across his face, often obscuring his eyes, which were as green as the woodland, with gold highlights, like rays of sun showing through. He laughed at the antics of baby animals but could not tell a joke. He imitated birdsong but could not sing. He liked the way rain ran down his hair and across his cheeks, but he did not cry. An animal does not cry. He was eight years old and alone.

Pay the Piper: A Rock 'n' Roll Fairy Tale

by Jane Yolen Adam Stemple

A rock 'n' roll band to die for. When fourteen-year-old Callie McCallan scores a backstage pass to interview the lead singer of the famous band Brass Rat, she's thrilled. Peter Gringras is so cool. When he plays his flute, it's as if he has some kind of hypnotic power. But there is something strange about him, something Callie can't quite put her finger on. Then, on Halloween night, Callie's little brother Nicky disappears, along with all the other children in town. It's crazy, but Callie thinks she knows where the children have gone--and who took them. To prove it, and to rescue Nicky and the other children, Callie must journey to a mythical world filled with fantastical creatures. A world from which there may be no return.

The Pit Dragon Trilogy

by Jane Yolen

Three fantasy novels including: DRAGON'S BLOOD, HEART'S BLOOD AND A SENDING OF DRAGONS. DRAGON'S BLOOD A bond servant in Master Sarkkhan's dragon barns, young Jakkin Stewart hopes to obtain his freedom by stealing a dragon hatchling and secretly training it to become a champion fighter. HEART'S BLOOD Jakkin risks everything--his freedom, his dragon, even his life--to rescue his beloved in this stirring sequel to Dragon's Blood. Author Jane Yolen has written more than 150 books for children and adults. An ALA Best Book for Young Adults. A SENDING OF DRAGONS. The spellbinding climax to the Pit Dragon Trilogy. Young dragon master Jakkin Stewart and his beloved Akki are on the run. Behind them are murderous government forces; ahead lies only a forbidding mountain wilderness. There they find a network of caves which they think will provide a refuge from their pursuers. But within the caves is something bloodier than anything Jakkin and Akki have ever imagined.

Queen's Own Fool: A Novel of Mary Queen of Scots

by Jane Yolen Robert J. Harris

Nicola Ambruzzi, a poor traveling player, is an unlikely person to end up "fool" and friend to Mary Queen of Scots. But tumbling and clowning at court, she catches the young queen's eye and heart. As Mary is caught in the winds of fate, running from France to Scotland, confronted by rebellious lords and her unpredictable Scots, Nicola is there, buffeting and aiding the queen with her wit and wiles. This epic adventure by Jane Yolen and Robert Harris takes us into the intimate circle of one of the most intriguing queens of all time, the courageous Mary Queen of Scots.

Roanoke, the Lost Colony: An Unsolved Mystery from History

by Jane Yolen Heidi E. Y. Stemple

John White was chosen to lead a new colony at Roanoke off the Atlantic coast. White went back to England to gather supplies, returned after three years, and found that all had vanished.

The Seeing Stick

by Jane Yolen

An old man teaches the blind daughter of an emperor to see.

A Sending of Dragons

by Jane Yolen

Jakkin and his girlfriend, Akki, discover a primitive cult that sacrifices dragons.

Sky Dogs

by Jane Yolen

from inside the book cover: When horses first appeared to the Blackfeet people, they thought the strange animals were large dogs sent as a gift from the sky - from Old Man, creator of all things. Splendid, sweeping watercolors and a poetic story that draws on both historical and legendary materials combine to remind us of the dignity, grace, and wonder of life on the American plains - long ago, but unforgettable.

Sleeping Ugly

by Jane Yolen

A story about a beautiful but mean princess and a plain but good-hearted girl.

Soft House

by Jane Yolen

One rainy afternoon, a little brother and big sister make a cozy house from blankets and cushions with the help of Mr. Cat.

Sword of the Rightful King: A Novel of King Arthur

by Jane Yolen

from the book jacket: Will the sword make the king? The newly crowned King Arthur is unsure of himself; worse, the people are unsure of him. Too many want the throne, and treachery is everywhere. Something must be done before the king is betrayed, or murdered, or--perhaps worst of all--marries the wrong person. So Merlinnus magically places a sword into a slab of rock, lets it be known that whosoever removes the blade will rule all of England, and invites any who would dare, to try to pull out the sword. The plan is simple: After a bit of showmanship, Arthur will draw the blade (with a little magical help, of course), and the people will rally around the young king. Except someone else pulls the sword out first. . . . In this thrilling tale of magic and intrigue, one of fantasy literature's grand masters boldy reimagines the early days of King Arthur's court, taking figures of myth and making them real, and flawed, and genuinely heroic.

Twelve Impossible Things Before Breakfast

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 troops.

Uncle Lemon's Spring

by Jane Yolen

"Witchin' isn't much more than common sense," said Lettie, and she had plenty of that. But was it enough to outfox Preacher Morton and rescue her Uncle Lemon? Old Merlie, the witchin' man, started all the trouble by finding Uncle Lemon a spring. The very next day, Preacher was after the spring, demanding the debt Uncle Lemon owed him. Uncle Lemon was into Preacher's chicken house that night, and Preacher caught him. From then on, it was all up to Lettie. Jane Yolen shows yet another facet of her creative imagination, very much in tune with Glen Rounds' irrepressibly humorous drawings.

The Witch Who Wasn't

by Jane Yolen

As a young witch, Isabel is a complete flop. She can turn a snake into chocolate cake and a bug into something huggable, but she can't make anything the least bit scary. To make matters worse, Isabel doesn't even look like a witch-her eyes are blue, her hair curly, and her cat is more of a kitten. So you can imagine her despair on Halloween night at the Witches' Convention, where she is expected to make something really awful happen. In a hilarious ending guaranteed to bewitch the youngest reader, Isabel brews up a delightful surprise that frightens the witches out of their wits-and wins her a very special place of honor. Jane Yolen has created a character that will be remembered as the most endearing, amusing, and original little witch ever to fly across the pages of a children's book. Arnold Roth's illustrations poke fun at witchly goings on with imaginative gusto and humor.

Wizard's Hall

by Jane Yolen

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The Wizard's Map

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 wickedest of Scotland's dark wizards, the bloody-minded Michael Scot. Can the children foil Michael Scot before he gets hold of his map and rewrites the world in his own image?

The Wolf Girls: An Unsolved Mystery from History

by Jane Yolen Heidi Elisabet Yolen Stemple

From the book jacket: In 1920 a missionary brought two young girls to an orphanage in India. The girls didn't know how to talk, walk, or eat from a plate. Some people thought the girls had been abandoned by their parents. Some people said the girls were brought up by wolves in the wild. Still others thought that the missionary who ran the orphanage made up the story about the girls. No one knows for sure. Become a detective as you read this true story study the clues, and try to figure out the fate of the wolf girls of Midnapore. The Unsolved Mystery from History series is written by acclaimed author Jane Yolen and former private investigator Heidi Elisabet Yolen Stemple. Read carefully and check your clues. You might be the first to solve a puzzle that has baffled people for years. Poet, novelist, storyteller, and picture-book author Jane Yolen has won four awards for her body of work in children's literature: the Regina Medal, the Kerlan Award, the Keene State Award, and the Boston Public Library's Literary Lights for Children Award. Her many books include Owl Moon, which won the Caldecott Medal, and Moon Ball. Her daughter, Heidi Elisabet Yolen Stemple, has worked as a parole officer and a private investigator and wrote Meet the Monsters with Jane Yolen. The two also collaborated on The Mary Celeste: An Unsolved Mystery from History. Jane lives in Hatfield, Massachusetts, and Heidi lives in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Roger Roth has illustrated several books for children, including The Mary Celeste: An Unsolved Mystery from History, Wishing for Methuselah, and The Sign Painter's Dream, a Reading Rainbow book. His work has been exhibited at the Society of Illustrators and has appeared in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. He lives in Springfield, Pennsylvania.

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