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Cover of Picnic with Piggins by Jane Yolen

Picnic with Piggins

The second Piggins book to be published. I wrote the books about Piggins because I love mystery stories and am also a great fan of the Masterpiece Theater series called “Upstairs, Downstairs.” I also wrote them especially for Jane Dyer who showed me her amazing drawings and won me over with her delicious

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Devil’s Arithmetic, The

I had thought about doing a book on the Holocaust for a long time, but quite frankly the idea overwhelmed me. Finally one of my editors, who was a rabbi’s wife at the time, persuaded me to confront the task. Writers and storytellers are the memory of a civilization, and we who are alive now really must not forget

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Werewolves

Original werewolf stories by a variety of authors. The book includes the first publication of my story “Green Messiah.” I chose all the stories and edited them. Marty did the business end of things.

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White Jenna

The sequel to Sister Light, this actually contains the chapter based on a short story of the same name written for Jessica Amanda Salmonson’s anthology “Heroic Visions.” Published in 1989, White Jenna and its companion Sister Light comprise one single book. In the late 90s, the two

Cover of Sister Light, Sister Dark by Jane Yolen

Sister Light, Sister Dark

Based on a short story of the same name written for Jessica Amanda Salmonson’s anthology “Heroic Visions,” Sister Light and its companion White Jenna comprise one single book. Published in 1988, the two would be put together in the late ’90s as The Books of Great Alta. (My husband always

Cover of Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

Owl Moon

This gentle tone poem about a father taking his daughter (yes–it’s a girl!) out owling one cold wintry night is arguably my best book. Certainly it’s my best known book. The 1988 Caldecott Medal winner for John Schoenherr’s beautiful, frosty, tender, exacting pictures, the book has been translated into nine languages, been

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Spaceships and Spells

Original stories by a variety of authors, including the first publication of my “The King’s Dragon.” Though the Introduction is signed by all three authors, I wrote it. And I chose all the stories and edited them. Marty did the business end of things.

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Commander Toad and the Space Pirates

I began the COMMANDER TOAD books because I saw an article in the local newspaper about a boy and his frog who had just won a jumping-frog contest. The frog’s name was “Star Warts.” I thought it would be funnier if the frog had been a toad, since the old superstition is that toads gives you

Cover of Pit Dragon Trilogy: A Sending of Dragons by Jane Yolen

Pit Dragon Trilogy: A Sending of Dragons

The third of the Pit Dragon trilogy, (first is Dragon’s Blood, second is Heart’s Blood) this science fiction novel takes place on another planet–Austar IV–where great dragons are fought in pits. This is the story of a young bond boy Jakkin and his girl/friend Akki who have been in hiding in the mountains