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Centaur Rising

Centaur Rising

Jane Yolen

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One night during the Perseid meteor shower, Arianne thinks she sees a shooting star land in the fields surrounding her family's horse farm. About a year later, one of their horses gives birth to a baby centaur. The family has enough attention already as Arianne's six-year-old brother was born with birth defects caused by an experimental drug—the last thing they need is more scrutiny. But their clients soon start growing suspicious. Just how long is it possible to keep a secret? And what will happen if the world finds out?

At a time when so many novels are set in other worlds, Jane Yolen imagines what it would be like if a creature from another world came to ours in this thoughtfully written, imaginative novel, Centaur Rising.

A Christy Ottaviano Book

Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year

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Agora's Surprise



A MARE IS PREGNANT between 320 and 370 days, about a full year. Ponies give birth a bit earlier, more like eleven months. Mom taught me about that when we first came to the farm as renters,...

Praise for Centaur Rising

“Fantasy master Yolen here offers a tale of a half-foal, half-boy.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A gentle fantasy for tweens.” —School Library Journal

“*At a time when the publishing world could use something uplifting, Yolen is there with shooting stars, a child's hug, and a nuzzle of a horse's nose . . . Destined to become not only a popular book but one that stands the test of time.” —Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

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Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen is an author of children's books, fantasy, and science fiction, including Owl Moon, The Devil's Arithmetic, and How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? She is also a poet, a teacher of writing and literature, and a reviewer of children's literature. She has been called "the Hans Christian Andersen of America" (by Newsweek) and "the Aesop of the 20th century" (by the New York Times). Her books and stories have won the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, two Christopher Medals, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards, the Golden Kite Award, the Jewish Book Award, the World Fantasy Association's Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Association of Jewish Libraries Award, among many others.

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