Briar Rose

A Novel of the Fairy Tale Series

Fairy Tales

Jane Yolen

Tor Teen

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A powerful retelling of Sleeping Beauty that is “heartbreaking and heartwarming.”

An American Library Association “100 Best Books for Teens”
An American Library Association “Best Books for Young Adults”

Ever since she was a child, Rebecca has been enchanted by her grandmother Gemma’s stories about Briar Rose. But a promise Rebecca makes to her dying grandmother will lead her on a remarkable journey to uncover the truth of Gemma’s astonishing claim: I am Briar Rose. A journey that will lead her to unspeakable brutality and horror. But also to redemption and hope.

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CHAPTER 1
 
 
“Gemma, tell your story again,” Shana begged, putting her arms around her grandmother and breathing in that special smell of talcum and lemon that seemed to belong only to her.
“Which one?” Gemma asked, chopping the apples in the wooden bowl.
“You know,” Shana said.
“Yes—you know,” Sylvia added. Like her sister, she crowded close and let the talcum-lemon smell almost over-whelm her.
Baby Rebecca in the high chair banged her spoon against the cup. “Seepin Boot. Seepin Boot.”
Shana made a face. Even when she had been little herself she’d never spoken

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“Terrifically moving.” —The Washington Post

“Yolen takes the story of Briar Rose and links it to the Holocaust—a far from obvious connection that she makes perfectly convincing...Only a writer as good as Yolen could bring it off.” —Publishers Weekly

“Both heartbreaking and heartwarming, Yolen’s novel is a compelling reminder of the Holocaust as well as a contemporary tale of secrets and romance.”—Booklist

“Showcases Yolen’s skill at transforming the real world into a realm of fantasy.” —Library Journal

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Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen is one of the most distinguished and successful authors for young readers and adults in the country. She is the author of more than 200 books--including Sister Light, Sister Dark, Owl Moon, and the immensely popular The Devil's Arithmetic. Her books have won awards including the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, the World Fantasy Award, the Jewish Book Award, and two Christopher Medals. She lives in Hatfield, Massachusetts.

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Briar Rose
A Novel of the Fairy Tale Series
Jane Yolen

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American Library Association Popular Paperbacks for Young Readers, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, Nebula Awards - Nominee, NYPL Books for the Teen Age

Mass Market Paperbound

Mass Market Paperbound
Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Teen
March 2002
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9780765342300
ISBN10: 0765342308
Young Adult Fiction
5 3/16 x 7 5/8 inches, 224 pages
Age Range: 16 to 18
Grade Range: 10 to 13
$6.99
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