A Novel of the HolocaustFairy Tales
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On Sale: 11/12/2019
ISBN: 9781250242730288 Pages, Ages 16-18
Jane Yolen’s classic novel of memory, stories, and the Holocaust--now in a beautiful pocket-sized hardcover edition--is a powerful retelling of the fairy tale 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.
Nebula Awards - Nominee, School Library Best Books of the Year, NYPL Books for the Teen Age, ALA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults
"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...
Praise for Briar Rose
“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