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Publication Order of Isabel the Witch Books

The Witch Who Wasn't (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Robot and Rebecca Books

The Case of the Code-Carrying Kids (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Robot and Rebecca and the Missing Owner (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Commander Toad Books

Commander Toad in Space (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Commander Toad and the Planet of the Grapes (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Commander Toad and the Big Black Hole (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Commander Toad and the Dis-Asteroid (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Commander Toad and the Intergalactic Spy (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Commander Toad and the Space Pirates (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Commander Toad and the Voyage Home (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Pit Dragons Books

Dragon's Blood (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Heart's Blood (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Sending of Dragons (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dragon's Heart (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Books of the Great Alta Books

Sister Light, Sister Dark (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
White Jenna (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
The One-Armed Queen (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Here There Be... Books

Here There Be Dragons (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Here There Be Unicorns (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Here There Be Witches (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Here There Be Angels (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Here There Be Ghosts (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Young Merlin Trilogy Books

Publication Order of Tartan Magic Books

The Wizard's Map (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Pictish Child (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Bagpiper's Ghost (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Stuart Quartet Books

with Robert J. Harris
Queen's Own Fool (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Girl in a Cage (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Prince Across the Water (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Rogues (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Young Heroes Books

Odysseus in the Serpent Maze (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hippolyta and the Curse of the Amazons (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Atalanta and the Arcadian Beast (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jason and the Gorgon's Blood (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Rock'n' Roll Fairy Tale Books

Pay the Piper (By: Adam Stemple) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Troll Bridge (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Foiled Books

Publication Order of The Seelie Wars Books

The Hostage Prince (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Changeling (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Seelie King's War (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Stone Man Mysteries Books

Stone Cold (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sanctuary (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Breaking Out the Devil (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Trust a City Kid (With: Anne Huston) (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Inway Investigators (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Transfigured Hart (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mermaid's Three Wisdoms (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Boy Who Spoke Chimp (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Gift of Sarah Barker (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cards Of Grief (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Children of the Wolf (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stone Silenus (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Briar Rose (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Devil's Arithmetic (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dragon's Boy (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wizard's Hall (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wild Hunt (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Armageddon Summer (With: Bruce Coville) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Boots and the Seven Leaguers (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sword of the Rightful King (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Except the Queen (With: Midori Snyder) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Dragon (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Snow in Summer (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Curse of the Thirteenth Fey (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
B.U.G. (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Trash Mountain (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Centaur Rising (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Plague of Unicorns (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mapping the Bones (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Finding Baba Yaga (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Tsar's Dragons (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodbye? (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Arch of Bone (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

The Girl Who Cried Flowers and Other Tales (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hundredth Dove and Other Tales (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dream Weaver (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dragonfield and Other Stories (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Merlin's Booke (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Favorite Folktales From Around the World (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tales of Wonder (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Faery Flag (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hark! (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Storyteller (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Twelve Impossible Things Before Breakfast (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sister Emily's Lightship and Other Stories (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Fish Prince and Other Stories (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Barefoot Book of Ballet Stories (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Grumbles from the Forest (With: Rebecca Kai Dotlich) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Animal Stories (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Emerald Circus (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Once There Was a Story (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Meet Me at the Well (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
How to Fracture a Fairy Tale (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Midnight Circus (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kaddish: Before the Holocaust and After (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Picture Books

Elsie's Bird (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Thunder Underground (With: Jos�e Masse) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Something New for Rosh Hashanah (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Eeny Up Above (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mrs. Noah's Doves (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Giant Island (With: Doug Keith) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Yuck, You Suck!: Poems about Animals That Sip, Slurp, Suck (With: Eugenia Nobati,Heidi E y Stemple) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Deborah's Tree (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
What to Do with a Stick (With: Paolo Domeniconi) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kiki Kicks (With: Ariel Stemple) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Children's Books

with Heidi E.Y. Stemple, Dennis Nolan, Alexandra Badiu, Maddison Stemple-Piatt, Anna Wilson
The Bird of Time (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
The seeing stick (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sleeping Ugly (With: Diane Stanley) (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dove Isabeau (With: Dennis Nolan) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wings (With: Dennis Nolan) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Encounter (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mouse's Birthday (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fever Dream (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fearless Girls, Wise Women & Beloved Sisters (By: Kathleen Ragan) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Perfect Wizard: Hans Christian Andersen (With: Dennis Nolan) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Day Tiger Rose Said Goodbye (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
You Nest Here with Me (With: Melissa Sweet,Heidi E. Y. Stemple) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Last Laughs: Prehistoric Epitaphs (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Kite for Moon (With: Heidi E.Y. Stemple) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
School of Fish (With: Mike Moran) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Friendship on the High Seas (With: Mike Moran) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas? (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Racing the Waves (With: Mike Moran) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rocking the Tide (With: Mike Moran) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Testing the Waters (With: Mike Moran) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Interrupting Cow (With: Joëlle Dreidemy) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crossing the Current (With: Mike Moran) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Interrupting Cow and the Chicken Crossing the Road (With: Joëlle Dreidemy) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mary Celeste (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Leather Apron Club: Benjamin Franklin, His Son Billy & America's First Circulating Library (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
When Nana Dances (With: Maddison Stemple-Piatt) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
New Tricks for the Old Dog (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Elefantastic!: A Story of Magic in 5 Acts (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Big Bold Beautiful Me (With: Maddison Stemple-Piatt,Chloe Burgett) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Love Birds (With: Anna Wilson) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Interrupting Cow and the Horse of a Different Color (With: Joëlle Dreidemy) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Schlemiel Comes to America (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Horseback Librarians (With: Alexandra Badiu) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Interrupting Cow and the Wolf in Sheep's Clothing (With: Joëlle Dreidemy) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of How Do Dinosaurs...? Books

How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? (With: Mark Teague) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? (With: Mark Teague) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
How Do Dinosaurs Go to School? (With: Mark Teague) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You? (With: Mark Teague) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
How Do Dinosaurs Say I'M MAD? (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
How Do Dinosaurs Learn to Be Kind? (With: Mark Teague) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Laksa Anthology Books

Strangers Among Us: Tales of the Underdogs and Outcasts (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sum of Us: Tales of the Bonded and Bound (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Where the Stars Rise: Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shades Within Us: Tales of Migrations and Fractured Borders (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Seasons Between Us: Tales of Identities and Memories (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Anthology series.

Publication Order of Oz Reimagined Books

Dorothy Dreams (By: Simon R. Green) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Emeralds to Emeralds, Dust to Dust (By: Seanan McGuire) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Boy Detective of Oz (By: Tad Williams) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Meeting in Oz (By: Jeffrey Ford) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Off to See the Emperor (By: Orson Scott Card) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cobbler of Oz (By: Jonathan Maberry) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lost Girls of Oz (By: Theodora Goss) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blown Away (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Tornado of Dorothys (By: Kat Howard) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Veiled Shanghai (By: Ken Liu) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead Blue (By: David Farland) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great Zeppelin Heist of Oz (By: C.C. Finlay,Rae Carson) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beyond the Naked Eye (By: Rachel Swirsky) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
City So Bright (By: Dale Bailey) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
One Flew Over the Rainbow (By: Robin Wasserman) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Rebecca Kai Dotlich Collections

with Rebecca Kai Dotlich
Grumbles from the Forest (With: Rebecca Kai Dotlich) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
One Day, The End (By: Rebecca Kai Dotlich) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lemonade Sun (By: Rebecca Kai Dotlich) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Grumbles from the Town (With: Rebecca Kai Dotlich) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Robert J. Harris Short Stories/Novellas

with Robert J. Harris
Studies in Stone (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Straight And True (By: Robert J. Harris) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Collections

Among Angels: Poems (With: S. Saelig Gallagher,Nancy Willard) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Not One Damsel in Distress: Heroic Girls from World Folklore (With: Susan Guevara) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Grumbles from the Town (With: Rebecca Kai Dotlich) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of MagicQuest Books

The Sherwood Ring (By: Elizabeth Marie Pope) (1958)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Seventh Swan (By: Nicholas Stuart Gray) (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dragon Hoard (By: Tanith Lee,Graham Oakley) (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Throme of the Erril of Sherill (By: Patricia A. McKillip) (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Perilous Gard (By: Elizabeth Marie Pope) (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Magic Three of Solatia (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Power of Three (By: Diana Wynne Jones) (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Time Piper (By: Delia Huddy) (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dark Lord of Pengersick (By: Richard Carlyon) (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
East of Midnight (By: Tanith Lee) (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Devil on the Road (By: Robert Westall) (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ash Staff (By: Paul R. Fisher) (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tulku (By: Peter Dickinson) (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Magicians of Caprona (By: Diana Wynne Jones) (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Princess and the Thorn (By: Paul R. Fisher) (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mont Cant Gold (By: Paul R. Fisher) (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hawks of Fellheath (By: Paul R. Fisher) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Talking to Dragons (By: Patricia C. Wrede) (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Days of the Edge of the World (By: Brian M. Stableford) (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Jane Yolen Classic Fantasy Stories Books

The Scarlet Circus (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Shape Shifters: Fantasy and Science Fiction Tales About Humans Who Can Change Their Shapes(1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's Best Horror Stories: Series XII(1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Great Tales of Fantasy and Science Fiction(1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Moonsinger's Friends: An Anthology in Honor of Andre Norton(1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dragons & Dreams(1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's Best Fantasy Stories 12(1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Unicorn Treasury: Stories, Poems, and Unicorn Lore(1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
First Annual Collection(1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Demons & Dreams: The Best Fantasy and Horror 1(1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dragons and Warrior Daughters(1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Pendragon Chronicles: Heroic Fantasy from the Time of King Arthur(1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Second Annual Collection(1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Third Annual Collection(1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Halloween Poems(1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's Best Fantasy 2 / Demons and Dreams(1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Drabble II: Double Century(1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Spells of Enchantment(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
After the King(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fifth Annual Collection(1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Inside the Funhouse(1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Wizard's Dozen(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Snow White, Blood Red(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Oxford Book of Modern Fairy Tales(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ultimate Witch(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
South From Midnight(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Am I Blue?: Coming Out from the Silence(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Xanadu(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Seventh Annual Collection(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Black Thorn, White Rose(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Armless Maiden(1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Angels!(1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book of Kings(1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Haunted House of Original Stories(1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears(1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blood Muse(1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Women at War(1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Year's Best Fantasy & Horror: Tenth Annual Collection(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Starlight 1(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Out of the Mold(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Modern Classics of Fantasy(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Random House Book of Fantasy Stories(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Black Swan, White Raven(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Eleventh Annual Collection(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
In the Shadow of the Gargoyle(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nebula Awards 33(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sherwood(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crafty Cat Crimes(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ribbiting Tales(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Black Heart, Ivory Bones(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mr. Simonelli or the Fairy Widower(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nebula Awards 34 (2000)(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mirror, Mirror: Forty Folk Tales for Mothers and Daughters to Share(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Such a Pretty Face: Tales of Power and Abundance(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Starlight 3(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fourteenth Annual Collection(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of Vampire Stories by Women(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Writer's Guide to Fantasy Literature(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fire and Wings: Dragon Tales from East and West(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fifteenth Annual Collection(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
New Skies: An Anthology of Today's Science Fiction(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stars: Original Stories Based on the Songs of Janis Ian(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
New Magics(2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy for Teens(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Unexpected(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jabberwocky 2(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Best New Paranormal Romance(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Be Careful What You Wish For(2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Coyote Road: Trickster Tales(2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Firebirds Soaring(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Beastly Bride: Tales of the Animal People(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Amazing Faces(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Visitants(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Happily Ever After(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
What You Wish For: A Book for Darfur(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Conclave(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Witches: Wicked, Wild & Wonderful(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
After: Nineteen Stories of Apocalypse and Dystopia(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Where Rockets Burn Through(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 35, April 2013(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Oz Reimagined(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The 2013 Rhysling Anthology(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Once Upon a Time: New Fairy Tales(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beyond the Pale(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Futuredaze 2: Reprise(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mythic Delirium Magazine Issue 1.4(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mermaids and Other Mysteries of the Deep(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Scarecrow(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Been There, Done That(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mythic Delirium: Volume Two(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Warrior Women(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shoreline of Infinity 3(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beyond the Woods: Fairy Tales Retold(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
One Minute till Bedtime(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The 2017 Rhysling Anthology(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shoreline of Infinity 8½: Edinburgh International Book Festival Special Edition(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mad Hatters and March Hares(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shoreline of Infinity 11½(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nebula Awards 52 (2018)(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of Halloween Stories(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Multiverse: an international anthology of science fiction poetry(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Thanku(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wonderland(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Coffin Bell Two(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Edited By(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wicked Women: An Anthology of the New England Horror Writers(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shadow Atlas: Dark Landscapes of the Americas(2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Reinvented Heart(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hitherto Secret Experiments of Marie Curie(2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Heartbeat of the Universe: Poems from Asimov’s Science Fiction and Analog Science Fiction and Fact 2012–2022(2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Jane Yolen is a published novelist. She is also a story teller, a poet, folklorist, song writer, journalist, and author of children’s books. Jackanory and Merlin became adapted into television series and The Devil’s Arithmetic a television movie in 1999.

Yolen has composed over 300 books throughout her career and received a number of awards and honors for her work. These include the Nebula Award, Caldecott Medal, and more. She has received honorary degrees from universities and colleges as well.

Jane Yolen was born in Manhattan on February 11, 1939. She was the first child of her mother Isabell and her father Will. Her mother gave up working to be home with her when Jane was born. Her father was a journalist that penned columns for local papers.

Her mother also volunteered in her spare time and would write short stories. Her family had daughters and a lack of sons at the time, so the Yolen name was passed on as a middle name so that the last name would go on. When her father got a new job in California working at the movie studios, the family moved there.

Her father would be doing film publicity in Hollywood. However, the family ended up going back to New York before Jane’s brother Steve would be born. Her father also joined the Army fighting in the second world war in England. At the time, the family lived with their grandparents in Virginia in the town of Newport News.

When the war had ended and her father returned, the family decided to move back to New York. They picked up and went to Manhattan to live for some time. Jane attended PS 93 and found that she enjoyed such activities as singing and writing. She also made a friendship with Susan Stamberg, who would go on to be a well known radio presenter.

Jane also showed more promise for writing, making a newspaper along with her sibling in their apartment. She would sell them to customers for a nickel each. Jane would also go on to be accepted to a high school that specialized in music and art. She also went to a summer Camp in Vermont before doing so, her first experience with Quakers.

Eventually her family decided that it was time to move again. They left Manhattan for Westport, Connecticut, where they had more space in a ranch home there. Jane attended school there and upon attending high school joined the choir, played basketball and made captain, joined the school’s paper and became the news editor, and also became vice president of Latin and Spanish club.

Jane graduated high school and decided that she would apply to Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She was accepted and attended. Yolen admits that she did not always have the highest grades while she was there. However, during her time, she also composed a poetry book, was the Press Board President, was involved in musicals and acting in shows, writing songs, and ended up graduating in the end.

After that, she moved to New York City and decided to work on writing children’s books. Her first book to be published also came out on her twenty-second birthday. It is titled Pirates in Petticoats. She also edited several books for young adults and adults. She married her husband David Stemple in 1962. He passed away in March of 2006.

Jane is a mother of three children with David and a grandmother to her grandchildren. Jane has written books with Adam Stemple, her son, as well. She currently resides in western Massachusetts right next to Heidi, her daughter, but also goes to her Scottish home in St. Andrews every year to live for four months.

Jane Yolen is the creator and the author of the Great Alta series. This fantasy genre fictional series first kicked off in 1988 with the release of the debut novel in the series. It was quickly followed by the second book, White Jenna. The third book came out slightly later in 1998 and is titled The One-Armed Queen.

Sister Light, Sister Dark is the esteemed first novel in the Great Alta series by acclaimed writer Jane Yolen. If you love interesting fantasy books that have their own worlds to explore, then this is the series and the book for you!

Alta is a great goddess and has decided that she has come up with a unique solution for Earth’s problems. The planet is blessed with forces of light and darkness at the same time. In order to have someone there to rule over them, she decides that she will create two queens.

The queens will be sisters and will be tasked to watch over and rule the light and dark forces of Earth. The goddess brings the queens to life after putting her hair’s golden left side into a plait and then letting it go into the night’s sinkhole. There she draws up a queen from the shadows and places her on the earth. Then she plaits her hair’s right side, the dark side, to draw the light queen out.

Alta puts her next to her sister, the dark queen. She tells them that they are to be sisters, and like images reflecting each other in the glass. When you see the one, you see the other. It is Alta’s wish that they collaborate in harmony, working as opposing yet perfect reflections of the other.

The reader meets Jenna, a young woman that grew up on the mountainside. There she was trained in the warrior arts and learned ancient magic from the women of the mountain. The biggest magic that there ever could be would to be call her sister out from the mirror of light and shadow land.

Skada is her dark sister and exists only in times of shadow or dark. What will happen if she calls her up? Read this book to find out.

White Jenna is the second book in the Great Alta series. The queen of the dark is Skada, while Jenna is the White Queen. Together they are bound, two halves of a whole. Will White Jenna’s arrival threaten the land? Read this sequel to find out!

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