Respectful admirers have nothing but good things to say about Ms. Yolen. She has been called, “the Hans Christian Andersen of America” by Newsweek; and the “modern equivalent of Aesop” by The New York Times. eNotes.com says she is “the J. R. R. Tolkien of contemporary children’s literature”; Children’s Literature (www.childrenslit.com), an organization that reviews over 4,000 books annually states that she is a “recognized name and force in Children’s Literature”. Finally, to quote Fantastic Fiction Limited, a website based in the UK, which provides bibliographies for over 30,000 authors of fiction: “Jane Yolen is one of the acknowledged masters of fantasy today.”
It is very difficult for me to choose a favorite from her writings, because every time I read one of her works, it easily makes it to my list of “Favorites”. But I would have to say that Ms. Yolen’s fantasy writing is very pleasing, and fortunately for her, the illustrators for her picture book stories make her writings all the more exquisite. But I’ll take a stab. One of her works, published 2002, but now available in Kindle Edition is The Wizard’s Map. It’s the first book in her Tartan Magic series. Aaahh! But what is Tartan magic? Well there are only two ways to find out. Go to Scotland for a summer vacation or read the books. Book Two is The Pictish Child and Book Three is The Bagpiper’s Ghost. And that’s all I’m saying.
Heinrich Heine (via amandaonwriting)
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Uh huh. Eh! They’ve burned books before. Come to think about it … they burned human beings before too!
If I got to choose let them burn the books! Chances are somebody’s got hidden copies somewhere and they’ll produce them. …
AFTER the mob calms down. The mob is fickle. Just wait ‘em out!