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Cover of The Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy for Teens

Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy for Teens, The

So Patrick Nielsen Hayden, one of my Tor editors, called me up and said, “Hey, you have a barn, let’s put on a play.” Sort of. What he really said was, “Would you be interested in working with me on a Year’s Best Sf/fantasy collection for teens?” And my answer was, “You mean it hasn’t been done before?” Though I already knew that. And so the adventure began.

You Nest Here With Me

Heidi and I wrote this book about eleven years ago, sold it to the very first editor, the marvelous Liz Van Doren. And we did a couple of good revisions with her. She loved the book. Then Harcourt imploded and Liz was without a job. She became an editor of adult books. Nest languished five years at

Cover of Atalanta and the Arcadian Beast by Jane Yolen and Robert J Harris

Young Heroes: Atalanta and the Arcadian Beast

This third book in our Young Heroes series began with my vision of a girl and a bear roaming the woods together. In the old stories about Atalanta it was said that as an infant she’d been set out on a hillside to die, and was discovered and nursed by a bear.

Cover of Odysseus in the Serpent Maze by Jane Yolen and Robert J Harris

Young Heroes: Odysseus in the Serpent Maze

The idea of a Young Heroes series came from my editor at HarperCollins, but choosing to work with Bob Harris–already my co-conspirator from Queen’s Own Fool who had a degree from St Andrews University in Classics–that was my idea.

Cover of Hobby by Jane Yolen

Young Merlin Trilogy: Hobby

The second book of the Young Merlin trilogy (PASSAGER and MERLIN are the others), this tells the story of Merlin as a twelve year old who has lived for four years in the falconer’s home until a devastating fire sends him on his way into an

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Young Merlin Trilogy: Merlin

The third book of the Young Merlin trilogy (PASSAGER and HOBBY are the others), this tells the story of Merlin as a twelve year old and immediately follows young Merlin’s escape in Book 2 from a murdering king. In this part of the adventure,

Cover of Passager by Jane Yolen

Young Merlin Trilogy: Passager

The first book of the Young Merlin trilogy (HOBBY and MERLIN are the others), this tells the story of Merlin as a seven year old who has lived for a year by himself in the woods, and lost his ability to speak. He is rescued (or captured) by a falconer and given back

Cover of Zoo 2000 Edited by Jane Yolen

Zoo 2000

This anthology of twelve stories of science fictional and fantasy beasts, includes two original stories (by Dale Ferguson Cope and Richard Curtis) and ten reprints by such luminaries as Theodore Sturgeon, Arthur C. Clarke, Larry Niven, James Thurber, Andre Norton, and Philip Jose Farmer. I contributed only the introduction.