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Jane Yolen


Jane Yolen

Jane Hyatt Yolen is an American writer of fantasy, science fiction, and children's books. She is the author or editor of more than 280 books, of which the best known is THE DEVIL'S ARITHMETIC, a Holocaust novella. She gave the lecture for the 1989 Alice G. Smith Lecture, the inaugural year for the series. This lecture series is held at the University of South Florida School of Information "to honor the memory of its first director, Alice Gullen Smith, known for her work with youth and bibliotherapy." In 2012 she became the first woman to give the Andrew Lang lecture.

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Jane Yolen

Books by Jane Yolen

by Jane Yolen - Family, Fantasy, Fiction, Holiday, Holocaust, Young Adult 13+

It's 1942 in Poland, and the world is coming to pieces. At least that's how it seems to Chaim and Gittel, twins whose lives feel like a fairy tale torn apart, with evil witches, forbidden forests and dangerous ovens looming on the horizon. But in all darkness there is light, and the twins find it through Chaim's poetry and the love they have for each other. Like the bright flame of a Yahrzeit candle, his words become a beacon of memory so that the children and grandchildren of survivors will never forget the atrocities that happened during the Holocaust.

written by Jane Yolen with illustrations by Melanie Cataldo
written by Jane Yolen illustrated by Mike Cavallaro - Graphic Novel
by Jane Yolen - Children's 10+, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Holocaust, Jewish Interest

Hannah is tired of holiday gatherings --- all her family ever talks about is the past. In fact, it seems to her that's what they do every Jewish holiday. But this year's Passover Seder will be different --- Hannah will be mysteriously transported into the past...and only she knows the unspeakable horrors that await.